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home - hometown house
21th edition


We are our origins transformed by time and experiences.
We are part of a team, a type of blood and a skin color that teaches us from small, to call it family.
We learn over time to let go of it and let the adventure take us far, somewhere less safe, but full of new experiences.
We transform ourselves, to relearn everything again, to return to the place that has cradled us and, again, we can call it family.
And if all this fits within a house, apart from the family, we will have a Home.

What is the meaning of family house in our hometown and what it may represent us?
Can the deepest feeling of our past memories influence the design / project of a house?
What if it’s ours? Will we be able to be clients and designers at the same time?
Will we be able to move away from those emotions and do the best project for our own benefit?
Before we are architects, we are people.
We build life experiences, which will be responsible for building us as individuals and responsible for what will characterize us as professionals.
Everything on your account and measurement, is only the result of a trade in conjunction with the architecture of our own memories.
Our family’s project is the image we have of it.
It is the closest version of our emotional roots.

hometown house
In this exercise you should draw your family house in your honetown. It´s not a simple house,
it´s your family house.
- Make a program and justify it.
- You should describe your family and her members in a general way. Numbers of members,
sex, ages, etc. Create a narrative whose justify the intentions of your project.
- Localization: your hometwon
- Areas: not defined
The panel must have a descriptive text of the proposal (English), concept, idea.
Scale – Appropriate to the submitted elements.


1st Place

Team: Anna Maksimova, Anfisa Mishchenko

City: Moscow

Country: Russian Federation

2nd Place

Team: David Emmons, Claire Gaspin, Mingda Zhang

City: Champaign

Country: United States

3rd Place
Honorable Mentions

Team: Seo Won Choi, Jiyun Jeong, Sang Yoon Lee

City: Cambridge

Country: United States

Honorable Mentions

Team: Mateusz Binkowski, Joanna Targowicz

City: Poznań

Country: Poland

Team: Sanja Avramoska, Valbona Fejza

City: Kichevo

Country: Macedonia

Team: Aleksander Novoselov,

City: Moscow

Country: Russian Federation

Team: Tong Shi, YuanYuan Yang

City: Shanghai

Country: China

Team: Luiza Matias, Pedro Medina, Fernanda Frias, Julia Fonseca, Margot Nouaille

City: Niterói

Country: Brazil

Team: Tatiana Panchenko, Lidiya Pokrovskaya, Denis Chernov

City: Moscow

Country: Russian Federation

Team: Arsen Sakhabutdinov, Alexey Kotelnikov

City: Ufa

Country: Russian Federation

1st Place - ID000660 - Team: Anna Maksimova, Anfisa Mishchenko; City: Moscow; Country: Russian Federation

“The winning project is successful in terms of expandability, divisibility and easily programmability. The proposal can used used in many variations and also scattered in every place to meet different needs and demands of any “home” concept, regarding to the family members. The Claster can also be designed not just in a low-scale but also be a mid-rise or high-rise building that reinterprets the home concept in much more liveable or sincere way in mega cities in which I see this project quite fruitful and innovative.
Even, its easily constructive factor will help to design different façade configuration, as well as allowing green environment to some certain scale, which will be quite far away from an industrial look.” Berrin Chatzi Chousein, arq.

“The project proposes modular units in an intricate grid system with spaces of connection, privacy and conviviality, drawing inspiration from the urban systems of cities. The merit of the project is to adequately solve the spaces, proposing a conceptual scheme, with the possibility of practical application in cities.” Eduardo de Souza, arq.

“An interesting, colourful proposal set within a gridded cube. This humourous design was well-presented and cleverly put together.” Adrian Welch, arq.

“Proposal attempts to cover a wide range of scales of home, from room to building and finally as hometown. This richness in scale is interesting. While covering all scales, designer defines the spaces in room and building scale in a modular, indeterminate way.
Responding to the unstable nature of the home while introducing the “colour” as the personalisation. The narrative is very interesting however the chaotic representation does not act in favour of the designer to touch upon many scales, especially in a competition that is done in such a short time frame.” Aras Burak, arq.

“The winning project, 'CLASTER' proposes a new typology of modular living spaces and neighborhood networks within a fixed wooden frame system. The spaces are created, arranged and transformed with different stories of the spaces, by a simple deployment of
partitions. Also presented in this project are exceptional visualizations of spatial flexibility including different configurations of spaces, depth, and facades.” Chang Kyu Lee, arq.

2nd Place - ID000960 - Team: David Emmons, Claire Gaspin, Mingda Zhang; City: Champaign; Country: United States

“Although this project creates a very successful urban section to design different forms of home concept, it reveals some ambiguities about how it will look in urban architecture as a whole – in response to materiality, texture, even as a building. But the proposal can be improved in many ways by being considered as “a living organism” scattered in a city. If the competitors solve the general architectural language of the building, the project can be a universal concept that be injected to every place to make alive authentic home concepts.” Berrin Chatzi Chousein, arq.

“By adopting a conceptual line, the project succeeds in approaching Home as a heap of emotions, sensations and memories that connect us to the past and bring us comfort.” Eduardo de Souza, arq.

“A really delightful presentation using subtley-modulated colours, and developing a more abstract response to the brief.” Adrian Welch, arq.

“The entry is a collection of memories represented as a singular space - as terraces carved into a dull concrete surface which is the framework we live in, the cold concrete with no meaning and spirit. Design responds to the given brief successfully - representing the
definition of home with a meaningful narrative.” Aras Burak, arq.

“'Home, Again' illustrates a very strong concept of house and the idea of memory is carefully managed and arranged in a single image. While its representation of space is carried out in a simple manner, the project embodies a very profound concept of a house as a series of collected objects and moments.” Chang Kyu Lee, arq.

3rd Place - ID000230 - Team: Seo Won Choi, Jiyun Jung; City: Cambridge; Country: United States

“The Living Dome is the most flexible contemporary home concept I’ve ever seen so far. A very innovative, completely transparent and moveable home concept can easily be a part of any place, with its various sizes and dimensions – the dome can be larger or be smaller according to the needs of the family. The Living Dome can either be built on the ground floor or atop of any skyscraper and its
beauty lies on its fully transparent appearance that make a display the interior life of the families, which gives a poetic skin to the structure – the narrative and the art of living are in itself indeed. I find this proposal quite buildable because it liberates the traditional lifestyle of any family with a new spatial organization. Make a deal with one of investors and build a prototype of this structure to show a habitable space!” Berrin Chatzi Chousein, arq.

“The project is interesting because it brings the reality of extremely dense cities in Asia, where the working class finds it difficult to afford adequate housing spaces. Crucial issues as spaces suitable for family life end up becoming luxury items. In addition, the proposal is architecturally intelligent and interesting.” Eduardo de Souza, arq.

“A bold proposal, a dome sitting high up above the city, this response certainly caught the eye.” Adrian Welch, arq.

“Living Dome could almost represent the Starbucks where people gather with food and drinks to check their email, watch a movie on their laptop today. Instead of spending time in our apartments our generation started spending a lot of time being in such places. The proposal captures this reality and turns the traditional amenities floor into a much more celebrated space. Design is highly architectural - potentially offering an identity to the boring tower, at the same time would provide unique spatial experience. While having a strong concept, is also a real life applicable design.” Aras Burak, arq.

“‘Living Dome’ examines then compares the architectural implications of the contemporary family, home and family to those of the traditional sense. Then it brings back what went missing, a communal space, in a very simple yet effective way. This project offers a great opportunity to rethink about the idea of home, and even neighborhood, in the near future. ”Chang Kyu Lee, arq.


Final Considerations

“I find 24H’s competitions are quite fruitful and innovative to delve into different topics in architecture and urbanism. It opens up different discussions and perspectives on some issues and creates a medium to discuss some small-scale or local topics in a wider scale, and some of competition projects also show that they bring freshness, a very clear definition for constructive environment and innovative approach within a limited timeframe. It’s very exciting to see, wait and discover what will be in the next competition.
A unique competition based on research opportunities but very challenging in limited time.“ Berrin Chatzi Chousein, arq.

“The competition brings an extremely interesting and current provocation, since the housing models have been changing, and the architecture and the market are not always following the new dynamics. The submissions cover various topics: several focus on the memory aspect, while others work on current urban problems, making propositions more easily applicable. The quantity and quality of the proposals sent is surprising, especially considering the fact that they had only 24 hours for the whole process. I believe that
initiatives like this competition are very valuable for broadening the debate and encouraging a critical thinking for students of architecture.“ Eduardo de Souza, arq.

“What is a home? We often interchange house and home in conversation, but this contest focuses on the hometown house. The proposal is for a family house in the designer’s hometown. My ‘kids’ are at university and there can be confusion sometimes about phrases such as I am coming home’ (to the old family home) or ‘I am home now’ (to the new flat, their current ‘home’). As I write this I too am away from my family home, missing the family but also the home! This competition posed an interesting challenge and the winners produced a worthy response.“ Adrian Welch, arq.

“Home is the only typology of building where every human being have a strong opinion, preference and experience.
Each of our sense of belonging is unique therefore asking architects to design a conceptual “home” has let us collect incredibly interesting stories. “ Aras Burak, arq.

“Congratulations to winning projects and all great entries! It was really great experience to investigate variety of unique ideas and outstanding designs which derives from an one theme within only 24 hours. “ Chang Kyu Lee, arq.

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