We are excited to announce the winners of our recent architectural design competition, House of Santa. The challenge looked at participants design a new place of residence for the harbinger of Christmas, Santa Claus, at his home turf on the Arctic Circle.
The jury for the competition consisted of esteemed architects Ar. Benjamin G. Saxe (Studio Saxe), Ar. Peter Pichler (Peter Pichler Architecture), Mark Foster Gage (Mark Foster Gage Architects) and Mikkel Frost (Cebra Architecture).
The top three winners were awarded a total prize money of $3200 while ten entries received honorable mentions.
Here are the winning entries. The full results for the House of Santa competition can be found on：https://competition.volzero.com/competitions/result/8
First Place: ‘Heart of the Artic’
Participants: Hubert Rozewicz, Bartosz Kolodziejczuk and Damian Konieczny (Poland)
The ‘Heart of the Arctic’ imagines rebuilding the living and working area of Mr. Santa Claus and his family on a floating iceberg in the Arctic Circle. The design looks at adapting architecture to face the monumental issues of climate change, rather than ignoring the problem.
Second Place: ‘Defense of the Glacier’
Participants: Pei Chi Tsai and Chao Chun Kung (Taiwan)
The ‘Defense of the Glacier’ imagines Santa’s ne house to be built at Danmark Fjord, a place with the thickest ice sheet in Arctic that may soon crack owing to global warming. This house is designed on a high wall that intends to slow down the melting of the glacier and help it recover from recession. The site chosen is near a weather station so as to co-operate with scientists to monitor the glacier and study the effects of climate change on the same.
Third Place: Santa’s Cocoon
Participants: Dong Si Wah and Lau Doris Yen Kiu (Hong Kong)
‘Santa’s Cocoon’ emphasizes on architecture as means for the children visiting Santa Claus to get in touch with nature. The house is designed with a terrace system to reduce its reliance on an artificial heating technique. The spaces inside the Cocoon are connected with each other through various functional areas, making the house a cozy living and working area for the residents and the visitors.
Participants: John Sawouk (Lebanon)
The Ring of Santa Claus:
Participants: Wooseong Lee and Junsu Jeon (South Korea)
Participants: Timothee Mercier (United States of America)
HO HO Hole:
Participants: Shan Jin, Qingyang Xie and Yicong Shan (United States of America)
A Gift for Santa:
Participants: Stephanie Ruya Stout (Turkey)
Participants: Mai Viet Anh and Behna Clea (France)
Participants: Seongho Bae and Gayan Munasinghe (Australia)
Enigma…Christmas’s best kept secret:
Participants: Nandan Bushry (India)
Participants: Muhammad Arif Bin Mahamad Apandi and Haziq Bin Yunos (Malaysia)
Participants: Nurlan Kamitov, Kuralay Yesmukhanova and Dilara Myrzagalieva (Kazakhstan)