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!

08.Dec.2013 Official 2014 MNPG Arch Competition Poster

Specifications of the 2014 MNPG Arch Competition coming soon.

01.Oct.2012 2012 MNPG Arch Competition Winner and Honorable Mentions

With the goal to create a Cultural Center that forms a space for “great minds from around the globe to come together for the purpose of the fusion of art, science, architecture and beyond,” and to adhere to the requirements of the community and jury, with entries from more then 20 countries, the selection of briefs was fantastic.

La Semilla de los Ingenios and jury are happy to announce the winner of the 2012 MNPG Arch Competition as being The Cosmic Egg by Andrew Pollendine (UK).

The honorable mentions for this year’s competition:

•    Sustainability – Eugen Ticu (Ireland)
•    Resourcefullness – Blue Bottle Architecture and Design, Frans Burrows, David Bishop (UK)
•    Best Practice – Vidmantas Pocevicius, Yuko Chiba (Lithuania, Japan)
•    Most Innovative – Mihai Pop (Italy)

For information about the guidelines and prize of the 2012 MNPG Arch Competition, please refer here.

Andrew Pollendine – Winner of the 2012 MNPG Arch Competition

The Cosmic Egg will facilitate performance art, showcases, talks and conferences, with an aim to provide a place for learning and healing when events are not happening. Geodesic domes are seemingly popular forms, however Andrew Pollendine’s design creates a structure that brings a unique interpretation of this kind of stretched, elevated shape, with the use of the Greek style stage and seating area at its core and space in the ground-basement for housing of those visiting the area.

By not dominating the skyline, but still becoming a welcome addition to the surrounding local community and town, there is enough reason for artists and intellectuals to thrive alongside new tourism brought together by the eco-village that is being created on the steppes below the Cultural Center of La Semilla de los Ingenios. The landscaping path that is proposed, allows for flexibility in the later expansion of the development.

Using a passive cooling strategy, the architect employed an informed approach, resolved climate issues with the design and integrated a strong relation to the existing site, from the reference to the traditional Maya House, to use of local building materials and techniques, to the design orientation (use of natural sun light with small open apertures).

The building allows artists to showcase their work, either by hanging from the roof or on the walls of the main and basement floor. With the heavy wind and hurricane weather that occurs in the rainy season in Pacific Mexico, the geodesic formation of the shell and the partially submerged base create a well defined outline for the Cultural Center of La Semilla de los Ingenios.

Andrew Pollendine:

The floor and walls create thermal mass, regulating the temperature and the thatch roof provides shelter from direct sun and rain. The building also breathes allowing heat build-up to disperse.

Provision for on-site power generation has been considered as part of the landscaping.

The basement accommodation is located on the outer face to enable natural daylight/ventilation within the deeply set slot windows, reducing the reliance on mechanical/electrical provision. Above, at ground level the main auditorium space provides raked seating focused on the multi-use performance space in the center.

The structure uses locally sourced timber with steel flitch plate connections. The elegant structure naturally uses less material to form the enclosure; timber boarding on the outside provides further rigidity. Small open apertures on the southern face track the suns path throughout the day, creating poetic rays of lights, constantly changing on the performance space below.

The bottom row of panels can open to provide, light, cross ventilation and aid the stack effect. The apex of the roof has a ventilation slot to release the hot air and pull fresh cooler air through the building. The structure adapts the traditional palapa roof typology; forming a passive cooling meeting place.

Eugen Ticu – Honorable Mention, Sustainability

Eugene Ticu proposed a canopy structure with an external shell that on top could house solar panels, and uses the construction techniques of twig baskets. All-round views are visible from almost any place in the building.

Frans Burrows – Honorable Mention, Resourcefullness

Frans Burrows’s design is a naturally ventilated building, constructed with a series of arches, and a cantilevered viewing platform for contemplation. With an extensive detail to the landscape, the balustrades and semi open enclosures of bamboo provide a great support to the totally self-sufficient building.

Vidmantas Pocevicius, Yuko Chiba – Honorable Mention, Best Practice

The brief of Vidmantas Pocevicius and Yuko Chiba, is circular, ecological and economical. The structure uses thatch roof, stone and wooden structure walls, while maintaining an organic form.

Congratulations to participants of the 2014

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