Arch2O is pleased to announce the winners of Next7 -2015 competition . The competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine the future, or “what is next?” through the use of new technologies, materials, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, adaptability, and the digital revolution. We received projects from 12 countries from all over the world. The Jury, formed by leaders of the architecture and design fields selected 2 winners and 5 honorable mentions.
The jury declined to award a first prize, yet the second place was awarded to Arnold Yok Fai Wong from Hong Kong, for his project “Amphibious Architecture”. The proposal envisions a post-industrial ruin – Hashima Island in Japan, will still be functional without people in 2095.
The winners of the third place are Yu Hyun Song, Jin Young Kim, Hyun Ju Lee, Su Yeon Kim, Sae Han Jung from South Korea for the project “Gaia” which proposes a VR city that overcomes the limitation in physical space organization, compacting individual and public space with other infrastructure into certain masses, and offering a new paradigm in organizing physical dimension.
Globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution, were some of the multi-layered elements taken into consideration, are many other factors that were considered during the selection of the five Honorable mentions
The Jury was formed by Marjan Colletti, Director of Computing at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), Marc Fornes, Registered Architect and Founding principal of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, Daniel Gillen, Registered Architect and Founding principal of DGD:DGILLENdesign and Ibrahim Abdelhady, Founding Principal and Editor-in-chief at Arch2O