Architectural Competitions and Me… #RoomwithinaRoom cc @vectorworks

It is very rare for me to enter architectural competitions and recently I threw may hat into the ring for the RIBA Room within a Room ‘Ideas’ competition.

Below is an extract from my entry which was a proposal for a ‘Room within a Room’ based on a painting by Antonello da Messina of St Jerome in his Study; sponsored by Norbord OSB, the project had to feature OSB within its construction. Unfortunately I was not one of the ideas shortlisted but the process was enjoyable. My concept was a hollowed pythagorean pyramid with an oblique slice at the apex to provide light and when inverted the apex forms a work station. Each face could then be lowered to provide performance space.

You can see how the winners of the above competition interpreted the theme HERE

I have entered the odd competition over the years, mostly as a team member of other architects whereas the one described above was in my own name. Below are a few I’ve been involved with over the years:

Competition Entry for Dulwich Picture Gallery – Mike Page Architect
(Also Architrion user of the year & CICA Computer Image Competition – 1988)

National Maritime Museum – Land Design Studio & published in the ‘Best of Exhibition design’ book

Museum of Scotland Competition – shortlisted & published in Building Design.

Would I do another competition after constantly saying that I would never do competitions as they were a waste of time? Never say never I guess is the byword.

ps All 3D models designed & visualised using Vectorworks.

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