When Architecture tells stories

The Fairy Tales Architecture Competition: winners announced

by Serena L. Rosato
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COMPETITION_ The results of the first ever architecture storytelling competition are in. The response to Fairy Tales was “overwhelming and astonishing”, say the founders of Blank Space, with over 300 entries from 50 countries. The competition marks the first contest organized by the New York City based “office for thought provocation.”


The all-star jury selected 3 winning entries and 10 honorable mentions:


_____First Place goes to Kevin (Pang-Hsin) Wang and Nicholas O’Leary for their entry “Chapter Thirteen”.

Mesmerizing, powerful images depict a bucolic yet futuristic world where a damsel in distress, Alice as a grown-up, is planning her escape from a setting that is no longer a wonderland, but a city that architecture has rendered unwelcoming and suffocating. Penning the 13th chapter to Carroll’s book, this submission actualizes a profoundly familiar fairy tale setting infused with new architectural forms, while elaborating on architecture’s failures and weaknesses.



_____Second Place: “Man and Ground” by Anna Pietrzak.

Minimalistic, evocative black and white images accompany a poetic analysis on the role of the ground as an architectural element, and as the co-protagonist of the architect’s life, as a man and as creator.



_____Third Place: “Oscar Upon A Time” by Joseph Altshuler, Mari Altshuler & Zachary Morrison.

In this collaborative effort between two architects and an elementary schoolteacher, architecture is portrayed as a lifelong companion, changing shapes and growing alongside the protagonist of the story.


 “We are glad that when asked to think differently about architecture, so many people were up for the challenge,” the founders say. “Blank Space started exactly for this purpose: to uncover better means to communicate architecture, and in turn, to change the way the world perceives architecture. The response is a testament to the power of these ideas.”



The jury chose 10 honorable mentions for the competition: 


Detroit S.A.R. by Ya Suo and Rania Ghosn


The Secret Life of New World Towers by Berenika Boberska


Hypnagogic set of events experienced by Zygmunt Maniaczyk and Marcin Kitala


Exordium by Posin Wang


Endeavourism by Mark Rukamathu and Yarinda Bunnag


Andy’s Window by JooYoung Ham and YooJin Lee



- Untitled by Irena Gajic, Tea Belicev and Marta Gajic


- Ocularcentrism by Gianna Papapavlou


- The Metamorphosis of a Giraffe by Hannah Cook


- A "Flying" Fortress by Artur Dabrowski


 More information http://blankspaceproject.com./

    • Serena L. Rosato

      Serena L. Rosato


      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and de)