26.Feb.2021
「2021 International Residential Architecture Conceptual Design Competition」Winners Announced
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The awards ceremony of “2021 International Residential Architecture Conceptual Design Competition” was successfully completed on February 19th by live streaming and the winners have been announced by Judge Francine Houben. The project of “Ghost to Host” designed by Puangniyom Pongpol from Thailand and Mah Yi Jun from Malaysia is awarded the first place with prize of US$2,500.




The second ”2021 International Residential Architecture Conceptual Design Competition” is hosted by Taiwan Architecture Magazine, proposed by Sun-Yuan Architects & Associates. Francine Houben, architect and creative director of Mecanoo Architects Netherlands is invited as the Judge and raises the topic of “The Future of Housing-before and after a Pandemic” to echo the pandemic of COVID-19. The total of 328 works from 35 countries has been collected over a period of 5-month submission for chasing the total prize of US$10,000 and 8 projects is selected to the final review after primary review by the Judge. The final review was also conducted by live streaming due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and winners were decided by the Judge after in-person presentations of each team for more than 3 hours totally. 

Final review;photo from/traa

Final review;photo from/traa

Judge Francine Houben gives a feedback in the awards ceremony that “enough affordable housing is always a big problem and we never experience the pandemic of COVID-19 in Netherlands and never expect it is still going on. The combination of the 2 things will be a big issue in the coming years. For the submission of 328 projects, we have had many meetings ourselves and with Taiwan team. We found that it is interesting the design of collective spaces is not only for the pandemic but also for local climate change. At the same time, we all learn how to create new ideas and solutions from the pandemic.”

Final review;photo from/traa

The first prize (US$2,500) is awarded to the project of “Ghost to Host” designed by Puangniyom Pongpol from Thailand and Mah Yi Jun from Malaysia. The idea is to reconstruct an infamous abandoned building “Sathornue Unique Tower” to a new affordable and sustainable community to provide a good living environment for low and middle class residents. Francine also gives a feedback that it is a good idea to design an abandoned building. The main street around the building creates an unique appearance and travel flow for the building and this project is not only a residential complex but a vertical village which fulfils the daily demand of nowadays human being. 

First prize─Ghost to Host/Puangniyom Pongpol+Mah Yi Jun/Thailand+Malaysia;photo from/traa

​First prize─Ghost to Host/Puangniyom Pongpol+Mah Yi Jun/Thailand+Malaysia;photo from/traa

​First prize─Ghost to Host/Puangniyom Pongpol+Mah Yi Jun/Thailand+Malaysia;photo from/traa

​First prize─Ghost to Host/Puangniyom Pongpol+Mah Yi Jun/Thailand+Malaysia;photo from/traa


The second prize (US$2,000) is awarded to the project of “Extension of Living” designed by Huang Zih Jhe from Taiwan. The idea is to reconsider the boundary between indoor and outdoor. The different scale of boundary between indoor and outdoor can create different communities by isolated level. Residents can still have a full living with quality in the situation of pandemic effect and constraint of travel. Francine also gives a feedback that it is always a challenge to define the boundary between public and private. The designer treats the balcony as an important architectural component which defines a dynamic transition between indoor/outdoor, private/ public; but at the same time the balcony itself as a space still maintains its special quality.  

Second prize─Extension of Living/Huang Zih Jhe/Taiwan;photo from/traa

Second prize─Extension of Living/Huang Zih Jhe/Taiwan;photo from/traa

Second prize─Extension of Living/Huang Zih Jhe/Taiwan;photo from/traa

Second prize─Extension of Living/Huang Zih Jhe/Taiwan;photo from/traa


The third prize (US$1,500) is awarded to the project of “RECONFIGURING NYC” designed by Marco Moccia from Italy and Chen Ken from Singapore. The team chooses the location in one of high-density cities around the world-New York City to discuss how to create a community to solve the problem of mix-living among high, middle and low income families in the high-density and capitalized cities. Also, a series of public spaces such as coffee shops, gallery and farms should be installed in the community which can be used by public and residents. Francine also gives a feedback that the project shows an interesting research of important pandemic location: NYC, and its current housing typology. The team give a strong statement which points out that pandemic and climate change are two sides of the same coin. By using the existing method, for example natural cross ventilation in all apartments, the project proves a nice quality living space in a huge housing cluster.  

Third prize─RECONFIGURING NYC/Marco Moccia+Chen Ken/Italy+Singapore;photo from/traa

Third prize─RECONFIGURING NYC/Marco Moccia+Chen Ken/Italy+Singapore;photo from/traa

Third prize─RECONFIGURING NYC/Marco Moccia+Chen Ken/Italy+Singapore;photo from/traa

Third prize─RECONFIGURING NYC/Marco Moccia+Chen Ken/Italy+Singapore;photo from/traa


Besides the three prizes, the other five projects are also awarded by special mentioned (US$1,000) and participation prize (US$500) with a wood medal. The final review and awards ceremony are both conducted by live streaming due to the pandemic of COVID-19. Therefore, the complete works of the 8 teams and the recording of final review will be edited and integrated as a special edition by style of e-book to echo the pandemic which has changed the style of living world-wide. In addition, the film of final review and awards ceremony will also be published on our official YouTube channel and website of “ Taiwan Residential Architecture Award.” We welcome all of friends give your attention on the issue of housing development by watch it on line.  
─Special mentioned─
Special mentioned─Gap: Disconnect to Connect/Chai Yi Yang+Ng Yi Ming+Bong Wei Jian/Malaysia;photo from/traa

Special mentioned─Housing Re-framed/Inka Eismar+Coll Drury+Jenna Imrie McMahon/UK, Scotland;photo from/traa

Special mentioned─Weather the epidemic in the community/Yin Jun+Cao Yue Ning+Chen Si Tong/China;photo from/traa


─Participation award─
Participation award─Iso Teract Pods/Wong Kai Yi+Low Xue Yee+Lim Pui San/Malaysia;photo from/traa

Participation award─AirPods/Wong Ka Hei+Chan Yin Tat/China Hong Kong;photo from/traa

【Awards Lists】
First prize,2500 USD
0035/Ghost to Host/Pongpol Puangniyom+Mah Yi Jun/Thailand+Malaysia

Second prize,2000 USD
0031/Extension of Living/Huang Zih Jhe(黃子哲)/Taiwan

Third prize,1500 USD
0225/RECONFIGURING NYC/Marco Moccia+Chen Ken/Italy+Singapore

Special mentioned,1000 USD
0007/Gap: Disconnect to Connect/Chai Yi Yang+Ng Yi Ming+Bong Wei Jian/Malaysia
0148/Housing Re-framed/Inka Eismar+Coll Drury+Jenna Imrie McMahon/UK, Scotland
0235/Weather the epidemic in the community/Yin Jun(殷俊)+Cao Yue Ning(曹粵寧)+Chen Si Tong(陳思彤)/China

Participation award,500 USD
0089/Iso Teract Pods/Wong Kai Yi+Low Xue Yee+Lim Pui San/Malaysia
0286/AirPods/Wong Ka Hei+Chan Yin Tat/China Hong Kong

Official website:www.traa.com.tw
Official Facebook:www.facebook.com/TRAA.RESIDENTIAL.AWARDS/
OfficialYouTube:reurl.cc/YW8rb0

Organizer: Taiwan Architecture Magazine 
Planner: Sun-Yuan Architects & Associate


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