International Architecture Competition

Modern
Collective Living Challenge

Results

Foreword

The Modern Collective Living Challenge is part of the Bee Breeders Global Housing Crisis competition series. For this architecture competition, participants were tasked with envisioning new forms of accessible housing for relocated farmers in rural China. There was a very high standard of entry, with a very strong sense of clarity and understanding of the brief in the submitted projects.

When selecting winners, the jury panel were looking for projects that were flexible and adaptable to the differing needs of the users. Another defining attribute of selected winning projects was their demonstrable ability to reflect on the traditional Chinese lifestyle.

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1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

21st century Tulou | Modern Collective Living Challenge Netherlands

Project authors

Misak Terzibasiyan
Athanasia Kalaitzidou
Luigi Simone

jury commentary

Based on a Chinese communal residence called a ‘tulou’ - or ‘earthen building’ - that was typical of the region in from 960 - 1279 AD, the 21st Century Tulou project was chosen by the panel for its flexibility and adaptability towards community needs. The evolved characteristics of the tulou still utilise natural materials, allowing the structure to blend in with its surroundings as well as fitting in with rural Chinese traditions.
The project features a controlled system of internal courtyards that help to make relocated farmers feel more secure and help to create a sense of ownership. Its bamboo grid makes it both sustainable and rooted in Chinese tradition.

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2ND PRIZE WINNER+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

Community Of Farmers "HIVE" Russian Federation

University

Kazan state university of architecture and engineering

Project authors

Ilsiyar Gabdrakhmanova

jury commentary

The Community of Farmers Hive presents an environmentally-conscious solution to the relocation of rural farmers to urban cities in China. The Hive is conceptualised as vertically-stacked agricultural plots within cities centres that not only provide communal housing, but also help to grow the green skeleton of the city and act to reduce the effects of heavy pollution.

Based on the grid system, the Community of Farmers Hive is also incredibly flexible and adaptable, and can be reconfigured as needed to suit different locations and situations. Its concept creatively tackles several problems, not just the relocation of rural community farmers, but also improving environmental standards and availability of fresh food to urban communities.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

One Grid One Community Canada

University

University of waterloo

Project authors

Zihao Wei

jury commentary

The One Grid, One Community project tackled the competition brief with a specific location in mind. Hypothetically-located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, this lifted grid structure would be an adaptable housing project in a region in which villagers come from many different parts of the country. The One Grid, One Community project uses levels to separate the private from the public, realising a rich spectrum, of public programs and spaces, as well as giving the community the freedom for customisation. It is set to the principles that everyone, regardless of their background, is able to participate and enjoy the closely-bonded community.

Honorable mentions

Project Name

Winding Wall Housing United States

University

Columbia university gsapp

Project authors

Tien Chen

Project Name

Tri-plus Brazil

Project authors

Ana Rolim
Maria Júlia Jaborandy
Larissa Falavigna
Hugo Santiago

Project Name

Building Stories Italy

University

University of ferrara

Project authors

Sixin Liang
Su Wu
Taifu Zheng

Project Name

Hutong 2.0 United Kingdom

University

Architectural association school of architecture

Project authors

George Guida
Tatjana Crossley
Carolina Gismondi

Project Name

Collective Modern Living Australia

University

The university of melbourne

Project authors

Mengzhu Jiang
Naidi Li
Kyle Hui

Project Name

Greater Beijing - Imagining a Post-Hukou Rural Territory of China United Kingdom

University

Architectural association school of architecture

Project authors

James Mak
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