«Structures of Freedom» competition results

«Structures of Freedom» competition results

Architectural platform Archtalent and Budapest’s Sziget Festival teamed up to establish the “Structures of Freedom” competition. Architects younger than 40 were invited to submit their best proposals for a temporary pavilion for the festival, focusing on the elements of design, innovation, context, recyclability, and sustainability. The competition attracted 74 entries from 151 participants representing 35 countries.

Here are the results:

1st Prize: Valerio De Santis (IT) and Andrea Cappiello (IT)

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Description of the project by authors:

Music festivals are among the few events in human history that have managed, successfully, to gather people of every race, origin, social background, in one place under the concepts of unity and brotherhood.

Ephemeral places where diversity is not demonized, flattened it in any way, but exalted and held together by the common passion for music.

The project is born from this consideration and tries to concentrate the spirit of the festival into a single object. The design presents itself in the pure form of a platonic solid acting as an iconic landmark and lantern for the festival. The visitors will easily recognise it from distance and be able to orientate themselves around the festival during day and night.

The pure form conceived by the external layers of veil that wrap around the structure hide a much more intricate and irrational volume yet to discover by the visitor. This last one will initially be attracted by the glowing aura of the object, to then start perceiving the existence of an inner element. As the visitor approaches the object, the initial visual connection now becomes physical as he stands in front of the platonic solid.

The cube is broken in two pieces creating a natural circulation and a patio to inhabit. A light instrument, a central shared space, where the symphony, generated by the environment, the people populating the space and their interaction, culminate in a stunning game of colours and reflections. The inner body breaks all rules of geometry, purity and functionality set by the exterior shell. While the exterior perfect shape functions as a landmark, its hart is the full expression of a festival. Light, colour, people and nature animate the core.

The shape of the interior envelope is dictated by the movement of the sun, creating an irregular form. Polycarbonate panels in three primary colours (magenta, yellow and blue) and aluminium mirrored panels are used to create a spectacular and whimsical display of lights and colours, solely orchestrated/dictated by the relationship between the natural sunlight and the interaction of the people. As the sun follows its natural cycle, from rise to set, it will reflect different surfaces creating different atmospheres within the same space. Our project is the perfect place to connect and socialize by recreating a festival within the festival but also a place to relax and get away from the crowd by simply sitting or lying down and enjoy the manifestation of light colours and reflections.

During the night the cube will reveal itself as a huge iconic lantern animated by artificial light, which will illuminate the internal and external façade recreating striking colour effects.


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2nd Prize: Seth McDowell (USA)

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Description of the project by authors:

the tale of cornelius cube. 

Cornelius Cube is a cube measuring 10m x 10m x 10m. At Budapest’s Sziget Festival, Cornelius is precariously perched on a temporary foundation made of painted plywood appearing as if he was dropped from the sky and crashed into the earth—corner first. The perfect cube has been sliced, creating a triangular interior space from which festival goers can relax and become part of a three-dimensional painting. 

Cornelius Cube is constructed from timber construction debris. Small, fragments of waste wood are collected from construction sites throughout Budapest, Hungary, and Europe and stitched together using a three-layer lamination technique. All sides of Cornelius’ Cube are fabricated in this layering approach that allows for flexible construction generated from scraps of the construction industry. Each wood fragment will be painted with a color—either Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, or White— which will codify where it has come from and give it a fresh identity. This colored lumber will become the brush strokes to paint a three-dimensional painting—a map of material détournement. 

The construction of Cornelius Cube will be executed as an art performance. Six teams, corresponding to the six sides of Cornelius, will work to laminate three layers of material. Each layer is organized by a grid, but the color and rhythm will be orchestrated by the team of artists. The act of construction will work like a musical jam session. Each face of Cornelius will have a unique aesthetic driven by the intuitions of the construction team. All connections will be bolted or screwed to allow for easy disassembly. 

Cornelius Cube aims to present something familiar but strangely abnormal. The cube, is a form we know. Timber is a material we know. Yet, both of these familiar characters have been altered and transformed. The cube is tilted and sliced, and now allows festival-goers to seek shade under the canted sides. The wood is panted and fragmented, and now appears like particles and brush strokes. 

Cornelius Cube presents two distinct experiences for the Sziget festival-goer. From the exterior, CC is an icon. Perched on his pedestal, Cornelius becomes a visual, aesthetic marker. Then, for those that venture inward, into the interior, triangular room, Cornelius is an immersive spatial experience. Intense color particles wrap the entire space and work collapse the corners of the triangular space. This interior room has a built-in bench that wraps the space and allows the occupants to sit down and become fixtures within this three-dimensional painting. 

Cornelius Cube is a structure made from material transience. It emerges from the debris and scraps of the construction industry, but it is also assembled so that it can have multiple lives. After a successful appearance at Sziget, Cornelius will be disassembled and reconstructed at several other sites in Europe and the US. However, due to the flexibility of this laminated construction system, it will never be constructed in the same way twice. Cornelius Cube will be an icon for the transformation of waste, excess, and the everyday into new spatial realities. 

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3rd Prize: Anthony Maiolatesi (USA), Sean McTaggart (USA) and Rosa Zlotkovsky (USA)

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Description of the project by authors:

The annual Sziget Music Festival in Budapest features hundreds of musical performances & art installations over the course of 10 days in early August, which requires a place to relax in between concerts and RECHARGE! Visitors can cool off on the hammocks under the mist machine, charge their cellphones, play & record their own music, and check out the LED lighting and projections, all powered by the latest in solar technology. 

Our innovative summer pavilion will be assembled using recycled materials that reinforce the festival’s themes of sustainability, while honoring the design traditions of Budapest. Our design utilizes three decommissioned 20’ Maersk reefer shipping containers, and 500 recycled wood pallets, which will provide enclosure and shading to visitors of the RECHARGE pavilion. The materiality of the wood also serves to improve the albedo of the structure, so as to reduce the heat island effect. 

The RECHARGE pavilion would not have its name, were it not for the plentiful cellphone chargers, linked directly to the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Solar Generator. With four panels on the roof, the sun provides enough energy for fifty people to continuously plug their devices throughout the day, as well as the LED lighting & projections. 

Most importantly, the RECHARGE pavilion itself has the ability to be recycled and re-deployed year after year. 

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Finalist 1: Martin Miller (USA)

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Finalist 2: Simone Picano (IT) and Antonio Alberto Tomao (IT)

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Finalist 3: Giulio Colucci (IT), Daniele Dalbosco (IT) and Luca Gallizioli (IT)


Finalist 4: Nikolas Rekoutis (GR) and Gregory Tsantilas (GR)

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Finalist 5: Izz Anabtawi (JO)

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Finalist 6: Ilaria Elena Catalano (IT), Carla Motola (IT) and Neba Sere (DE)


Finalist 7: Kazuya Katagiri (JP)

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