Designing an Award-Winning Architecture Competition Project/Board

Designing an Award-Winning Architecture Competition Project/Board


you know usually videos here are about tutorials and how to achieve some particular result but today I wanted to talk about something different so I’m going to present an architecture competition that I’ve won show and explain the process on how the project was designed and how the board was composed well you might have already seen this project and it has been more than a year that the competition has passed but since I didn’t share it properly back then why not make it into a video and maybe you guys can take something out of this right this video I’d like to thank Squarespace for supporting the channel in helping me expand my online presence with the new graphics website go to a graphics comm to see all the content gathered in one place packs videos and courses more on Squarespace later in the video all right guys quick note here the first part of the video is about the concept and how I came up with ideas then on the second part I’ll explain how I designed the board also keep in mind that this isn’t a recipe or a step-by-step to win a competition I’m only sharing my personal workflow by each project and competition has its unique challenges and the results will highly depend on the process as always don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already I post weekly videos all about architecture and architecture representation all right now back to the video I hope enjoyed so the competition for Brazilian students and recent graduates was to design an exposition pavilion that showcased Canada’s culture particularly from the City of Toronto this was the theme of the competition because it was a partnership with the company hosting the contest plus a travel agency that offers an architecture and English course in Toronto so the winner in this case me won a month there with all the expenses paid including plane tickets and so on it was pretty awesome having this experience and I was there in July of last year all right now the briefing said that the project had to be around 350 square meters in a generic site and by a generic site understood that it would be an tenement construction it wasn’t really specified that in the breathing but it was my own interpretation so for me it was clear that he had to be a clean fast and easy construction yet of course elegant well thought and with a unique design since the main function was to exhibit the city of Toronto which is an international hub with constant changes in a multicultural City I wanted the pavilion to be an open space adaptable to various forms of exhibitions like small or big presentations exchange program stands talks lectures sitting area maybe a film would be presented so in my mind it had to be versatile and capable of hosting any sort of event cool then I’ve searched lots of references and essentially the structural concept was in its way also the function had already been established now Before we jump into more construction details in space layouting let me talk about the pavillion aesthetic the project’s concept was pretty simple I wanted this pavilion should be minimal in all aspects he couldn’t interfere with the landscape that was going to be inserted nor with the exhibition’s content the premise was to make Canada’s culture the protagonist of this place and let the content itself speaks and tell the story as I saw it was a very different approach from other participants all right without that said structure function and aesthetic wise I then proposed a very thin and slender white steel structure with rocking beams I don’t know if that’s the correct English term here but I’ll talk more about that in a second so basically the pavilion was a blank canvas ready to receive the exhibition and I also designed these blank panels and wood modules that allow the constant changes in the proposed scenario all right this sums up briefly the project now I’m going to use the board itself and why each of these elements are where they are to explain the rest of the projects details the competition brief asked for two ay-one panels in landscape orientation so as in any type of architecture contest you want to get the jury’s attention right on the first panel therefore I chose to place a full bleed render of the and used the sky and ground to place important info that explained the concept and revealed how the Pavillon looked like he was kind of a like a sneak peek of what’s to come if the jury was interested they could get more info on the second panel for the board composition I used a monochromatic color scheme all very desaturated with no sign or blues and I used this red slightly orange II as the accent color since the project didn’t have a site as mentioned I got background and foreground images that would best fit the render and place the sky in a collage style to contrast with everything and also to relate to the splatter texture over the blank panels you know you gotta treat your board as one full composition I chose a full bleed image because the project was very horizontal and and therefore left me with lots of free space you compose additional information on the center we have the title and a brief text to explain the project’s concept there was a Canadian architect jury therefore I chose to always include at least a summed up English version of the text then on the left the concept diagram explaining the process and my ideas so the pavilion is basically the site plain replicated that shelters the exposition in a simple plain also the project couldn’t be a barrier by any means I designed it to be open and visible from inside out and the last one a tree that represented this visual mark and could relate to the Canadian tree then on the right exploited isometric to understand the full extent of the project to present this project I decided not to use a plan but instead showcasing isometrics this specific isometric will link with the second board to show the occupation types and to finish this first board on the bottom a section to show the overall building scale very simple and minimalistic I didn’t want too much attention to the area so it shows white lines in a red arrow line to indicate that since the panel’s didn’t touch the roof a natural ventilation with now onto the second board here I divided the canvas into two parts the top one to talk more about the space flexibility and the bottom one to structural and overall details these technicalities weren’t required by the competition briefing but nonetheless I wanted to show a deeper understanding of what I was proposing all right let me go slowly over each of these drawings starting over the top four diagrams the first being about how open and free the space could be it would serve as a sheltered public space for recreation when the exhibition wasn’t taking place I named it blank canvas available for any sort of action second diagram illustrating how a grand presentation could take place using the wooden modules you could organize the space into this oval lecture then the third with small presentations and the fourth combining multiple options using the blank panels and the wooden modules to create an interesting route with various moments of expositions reading and learning now to the bottom part more details regarding the structure and construction as I said in the beginning I opted to use rocking beams I used the rule of fifths I really don’t know if that’s the exact name of it and also keep in mind that my architecture vocabulary in English isn’t that good I studied all in Portuguese and I try to find the translation of it but basically I used the rule of fifths to rock these beams out and therefore reduce the beam height thus resulting in less steel consumption this rule also allowed me to explain the free span for the exhibition it works like this if you place a pillar away from the edge by a fifth of the total transversal length you use the weight of the rocking beams to counterbalance a flexion that naturally occurs the floor is 50 centimeters apart from the ground and the edges create sort of a bench to the exterior and also the edge has a detail that creates an interesting shadow and give some elegance to the whole project so when you’re looking from the outside see a 50 centimeters lab but instead a thin edge the second column of informations here explain how the rainwater would be collected as well as what materials each of these elements will be made the roof cover is made of polycarbonate to allow abundant diffused natural light to enter the space and of course the outside perimeter beams would be slightly higher to allow a proper roof slope all right guys all these technical informations were pretty rough just to show a better understanding of the design even though it was just an idea competition he wasn’t going to be built but for me it didn’t matter I wanted to make something that would actually work and not just some crazy pavilion idea cool now to finish off the third column of information details the furniture proposed to the space I also made sure to explain how they were put together and insert a scale figure to create a sense of scale so the jury didn’t have to read what size they were they just had to glens over this image and they would know how big the panel’s were okay Leslie the fourth column was about an interior scene it shows how this place would work from a person perspective an eye level interior image and to be honest I didn’t really know what to put here I remember had sketches of how the board was roughly going to be and this last space was still blank until the end all right guys so this video was to show you my personal process and how I came up with this result I did work over this much more than I explained here I modeled everything in ArchiCAD to see all the dimensions the spaces and structure modules I really hope you got something out of this video maybe it will inspire you to join a competition and for that I recommend you guys checking the website competitions are key which is a place where you can find all architecture competitions that are currently going on in a quick way you can check all the necessary info dates brief and prices and then the page will give you the proper link to the official website it’s pretty handy see when you enter a competition the price isn’t the only thing you should look for yeah winning something is definitely amazing but even if you don’t win the experience is already so good you learn a lot and you get a good looking project for your personal portfolio so I recently joined a competition with my girlfriend for a rural school in Haiti we thought it turned out looking really great but unfortunately we didn’t win anything but hey no problem as I said we learned a lot and exercised or design thinking skills I’m going to publish this community school with my new website alongside with other contest boards I’ve done in the past and being individual warring groups so once again I would like to thank today’s we respond sir Squarespace I’m building my new website as a place to gather all the contents but also to serve me as a very professional-looking online portfolio if you are someone in the architecture or design field that wants a really professional online presence there being a portfolio or your office website you should definitely check Squarespace out it’s a very intuitive all-in-one platform that offers really contemporary and minimalistic templates that can help you build your website in no time you can display projects in customizable galleries and even add password-protected pages to share private work with clients so go to Squarespace calm for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch go to Squarespace calm /or graphics to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain sponsors like Squarespace helped me maintain this youtube channel as a weekly show and spread free content for you guys so thanks a lot Squarespace alright so don’t forget to go to my website to check these competitions and please comment down below if you enjoyed this type of content it’s a different video from the usual where I talk about the project and my personal workflow of how it was designed and how the board was composed maybe I can do this with other projects as well I don’t know again I’m sorry if I used any architecture English term here that wasn’t correct I would love to be corrected over the comments if you spot something that I said that didn’t fit right don’t forget to give this video a like if you learned something subscribe if you haven’t already follow me at ODOT graphics on instagram and as always thanks a lot for watching I’ll see you in the next video bye

56 thoughts on “Designing an Award-Winning Architecture Competition Project/Board

  1. Muito bom o video, o projeto (parabéns pelo resultado) e a informação partilhada… Obrigado, o maior sucesso!

  2. Tenho medo em muitos dos meus trabalhos de não consegui agradar as pessoas, com o meu estilo arquitetônico. Mas ignoro essas coisas ruins e tento seguir em frente e os seus trabalhos são os que me inspira sempre a nunca desistir. Muito obrigado!

  3. Que legal mano, me inspirei nessas pranchas pra entrega da faculdade esse semestre, esse video agora foi um presente, valeu demais

  4. Thank u so much, I've learned a lot! 😊 your presentation board is simple yet Stunning! 👏👏👏Congratulations!

  5. Hey mn Congratulations on winning the competition! Just want to know, what software do you compose your boards in?

  6. Não me surpreende que o projeto tenha ganho o 1º lugar: é um trabalho claro e maduro, no qual não falta nada e não sobra nada. Além disso, a apresentação é exemplar. Me diverte pensar nas loucuras que foram propostas por outros concorrentes…

  7. Great design and great video thanks. And don’t fret over your English, it’s excellent too – not a single grammatical error that typifies those with another mother tongue. Good luck.

  8. Projeto maravilhoso! O desenvolvimento, o projeto gráfico e a diagramação são de encher os olhos.

    A minha dica seria quanto ao kerning/tracking dos textos justificados.
    Quando você usa texto justificado sem hifenização, é complicado evitar esses "rios" que se formam no meio do texto. Mas dá pra fazer alguns ajustes pra minimizar ao máximo esse tipo de situação. O ideal mesmo seria trabalhar com textos hifenizados, quando possível.

    Mas, sem demérito algum, seu trabalho está incrível! Parabéns! Já me inscrevi no canal. Sucesso!

  9. Trabalho perfeito em todos os quesitos! As imagens, diagramas, textos, diagramação, inclusive a edição do vídeo, muito didático! Parabéns pelo trabalho

    Se possível, gostaria de saber os softwares utilizados!

  10. I decided to go back to school for my masters in architecture. This channel has been an amazing resource. keep up the great work!

  11. I have to say, this whole composition is mindblowingly well thought out. I absolutely love the design, presentation style, colours (I'm a sucker for monochromatic colour palettes), font and layout. Stunning!

  12. Nice work man. The shool design is nice already, naybe they would have preffered an L shape building which can be a common design for schools.

  13. Congrats bro! i learned so many things with you! Wish i could get your course but i can't afford it unfortunatly…

  14. Foi muito legal ver a linha de raciocínio por trás do projeto, sem dúvidas seu pavilhão mereceu 1° lugar! Aqui a beleza está na simplicidade do design.

    Você mencionou o Archicad, têm vídeos no canal sobre o programa? Eu queria ir pro BIM, e apesar do Revit ser comercialmente mais usado, parece que o Archicad é mais voltado para arquitetos.

  15. Muito bom, depois disse video fiquei inspirado para participar em competições internacionais. Muito obrigado.

  16. Great Work! I loved the idea and boards, do you think you could make a "people pack" of the ones you use for your renders, please? It would be great!

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