Architecture and design magazine Volume Zero has announced the winners for its competition UnBox 2017 that challenged participants to model public spaces out of recycled shipping containers. The Competition received a staggering response of 323 proposals from around 57 countries; entries that explored various ways to creatively design areas meant for engaging the communities.
Winners – The New Eye by Reshma Esther Thomas, Ujjwal Sannala and Sai Sharanya Satoor
The entry looks at transforming the otherwise tumultuous relationship of the ocean with the shipping containers; it looks at creating a model that is ‘the eye’ to the unseen, novel world underwater. The design is built on the concept the humble ‘periscope’ and can be enjoyed by the user to look at the aquatic world beneath his feet. “The design is a prototype of which stationed around anywhere in the oceans of the world. As the users approach these container boxes, set out in the sea through boats and ferries, they are transported in the world of ocean without physically causing any ravage to the animal life”.
Second Place – Growing Cells by Emilio Bartolini and Benjamín Martínez
Taking its inspiration from a climber plant, the project revolves around unveiling the beauty of unused spaces within the city; spaces that are regarded are purposeless. The aim of the project is to give eminence to these spaces and empower the users to transform them in their own way. “The project purposes a use of the ephemeral public space today, devoid of purpose as is the medians, because due to building, of easy assembly and the day that is required, it is dismantled, it is there where modular and light structures we can give a beneficial end to the medians”
Third Place – The Pandora’s Box by Arbaz Hanif Patel, Riya Kailashbhai Lalwani and Akshay Dipakbhai Ujeniya
The design is a prototype that is used as a performance space between the city limits. The entry gives prominence to sustainable design as the planes are controlled by pulleys and cables. The varying heights of the unit create vibrant settings for public performances. “The most interesting part of the structure is that it is completely made out of container and it creates a large space in the street where it is deployed by the use of the planes of the container, which are controlled by system of pulleys and cables without use of any power and hence it is sustainable”.
Passages by Grace Tran, Marisol Barba and Maryam Foorotan
Still Life (Public Restroom) by Yiteng Chong, Steve Jenot Stanly
Puerto Rico Rebuild Hub by Rafael Vargas Correa and Christina Centeno Lopez
Pavepod by K A Safvan, Sadeed and Javith
Dock – Me Here by Lochana C V, Prakash T
Taxed by Ignazio Calabria, Brandon Brewer and Macario Bandera
Dynamoc by Mu He and Yineo Chen
Public Space by Cibi V, Logeshwaran R S, Rajha Surya A
Hortus Container by Illaria Stroppa, Diego Bassetti
Hidden Gap at the Entrance of Beirut by Joanna Abi Nader, Ragheed Abi Hassan
Source and images Coutesy of Volume Zero.
Article by Marco Rinaldi