01.Oct.2014 2014 MNPG Arch Competition Winner and Honorable Mentions

This year’s competition, that brought the greater architectural community together to design a modern abode hub in the Snowies, Australia which infused architecture, technology, ecology and healthy living, was a competitive landscape of entries from studios, architects, interdisciplinaries and students.


MNPG Arch would like to announce the winner of the 2014 MNPG Arch Competition as being Trail House by Atelier N2K, Parisa Navidi, Cuc Nguyen, Nathan Klein (United States). The honorable mentions for this year’s competition:

Additional info about the specifications of the 2014 MNPG Arch Competition, are here.

Atlier N2K, Parisa Navidi, Cuc Nguyen, Nathan Klein – Winner of the 2014 MNPG Arch Competition

Shaping with that of elements of a snowflake’s contour, the Trail House would be a welcome addition to the rugged terrain and paths that make up this atypical part of Australia. With sweeping views and the functionality of sedentary and traveler needs, this creates a lasting, yet absorbing architectural feat.

Having proposed to be built with concrete, timber, metal panels and glass for the façade, the thermal mass and structure of the Trail House is well accustomed to the varying climate of snow and sun in the Snowies. The materials are all locally manufactured, allowing for the swift construction with local participation.

The inspiration of the Trail House, came from the the trails of the area and the purpose of the design serves the adventurer as well as the vacationeer. As there are two buildings, they are connected with a submerged tunnel, forming a unitised form. While the plan pushes the boundaries of the site’s vernacular, the Trail House facilitates a purposeful usage and develops itself as a hub for other new neighbours. There can be a lot said for the understanding of the top and base of thought that shows the building as both an innovative construction, that doesn’t suggest imposition on the area’s current culture.

What makes the winning entry really stand out, is the ability of Atelier N2K to integrate traditional activities of the Snowies, a breadth of Australian architectural aesthetic, nature and modernity into a house that creates a memorable vantage for visitors and residents alike. There is no disregard for space either, by separating the uses, without detracting from the walkable feel, it is clear that the Trail House is in iconic structure that is a benefit to the typical Snowies’ outdoors hut ecology.

Atelier N2K:

The hub is located off of the boundary of New South Wales and Victoria at an intersection of 5 or more hiking trails and oversees the Murray River along a hillside. The front of the hub faces north to take advantage of the northern sunlight.

The hub was designed for two types of users 1) temporary user and 2) permanent user.

Temporary user: skiers, hikers, campers and sightseers. The duration of this user’s stay is ranges from a day to a couple of months. For this user, the hub provides a resting point, a shelter.

Permanent user: a keeper who maintains the hub and welcomes temporary users.

The hub consists of 2 stories, the first floor consists of a bedroom for the keeper, a bathroom, a storage, a living room, a dining room, and kitchen, whereas the second floor provides an additional bedroom for the temporary user. The total square footage of the first floor total 850 sq and the second floor total 150 sq. An outdoor deck approximately 1000 sq is provided for outdoor enjoyment.

Mafalda Carmona – Honorable Mention, Sustainability

Hub it! is a comprehensive process design that allows for the adaptation of collaboration with the local area, ski resorts and companies to create a resilient construction. Not a village, this community would serve the health of the region’s natural wonder. By respecting the land, the building has a sensical impact on the environment without detracting from the living scenery. Importantly, it is a self sufficient structure that can grow or shrink depending on the needs of the habitat.

Sourav Dey – Honorable Mention, Resourcefulness

Pine House has the dynamism of the human mind and shape of the rugged scapes to form this scenic, whole architecture. Inspired by pine trees, there is a lot to say for the gaps of air in the outside and interior of the construction. With a plant room, glass curtain staircase, thermal resistant envelope insulation and light diffusing rooms, there is an edged touch that surrounds the design.

Yongshik Yong – Honorable Mention, Best Practice

The O House capitalises its statement with a deck that is not merely a brightly visible item to the viewer, but that of an unfound space. This shapes the rest of the building and the rounded critical panorama of the surrounding Snowies. The crystallite skin, controls sunlight to save energy. Staying with the sustainable functionality, a reusable water instrument melts the snow for storage and use within.

Cristina Pérez Cámara – Honorable Mention, Most Innovative

The Rib is a green building, with circumferences that change throughout. Circulations are controlled, creating a healthy place for the inhabitants. Partially buried, there is an attention to being a super standard, naturally absorbent creation. With that said, the steel frame highlights a local success story of local industry.

01.Sep.2014 The 2014 Competition Has Ended

Many thanks to all that participated in this year’s competition for the design of a modern abode hub. The winner and honorable mentions will be announced soon.

24.Jul.2014 The Stretch of the 2014 Competition

About a month to go before submissions are due for the 2014 competition!

To answer a few more questions about this, aspects like what an “abode hub” is and whether this should be used for transport, are up to the architect. The 10m x 10m refers to not the total floor area, but the boundary. The usage of the term organic, should be used as inspiration, not a requirement of the design.

When are satisfied, you can then send in your entry to info@mnpg.net.

The winner and honorable mentions will be awarded shortly thereafter.

17.May.2014 Competition Update

The August 31st submission date (by midnight) is approaching and entries have already begun to apply. Some architects have been asking questions, here are things to have in mind when entering: The competition is open for architectural students, teams, architects and interdisciplinary professionals. Each group or individual can enter an entry. While the brief asks for construction in the Snowies, Australia, this does not have to be a certain location, but rather anywhere in the area. This is an international competition, architects from all places are encouraged to enter. You can get further updates from MNPG Arch here.

26.Jan.2014 The 2014 MNPG Arch Competition

The 2012 Competition was for the design of a cultural center, which is currently under construction. This year’s idea challenge is asking architects to build a modern abode hub in the Snowies, Australia. The 2014 MNPG Arch Competition infuses architecture, technology, ecology and healthy living.

The prize for the winning entry is $1500 and the honourable mentions are in Sustainability, Resourcefullness, Best Practice and Most Innovative, which each are awarded $250.

For the specifications of the competition please refer to: Context, Entry Requirements, FAQ, Images, Other Info and Legal and Submission Guidelines.

This blog will be a place where updates that happen along the way to the August 31st, 2014 submission date. If you have any questions or concerns, leave a comment or you can email MNPG Arch, info@mnpg.net The last competition was a success and we look forward to this years. Thank you for your interest and the best of luck to all entrants!

Congratulations to participants of the 2014

  • MNPG Arch is an international competition working to improve architecture every two years. Awarding a first place prize, as well as honourable mentions in Sustainability, Resourcefullness, Best Practice and Most Innovative.
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