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Community of Municipalities' offices in Les Herbiers, France

The Building represents a sculptural kind of architecture that approaches Land Art. It is a smart and spectacular building that capitalizes on the strengths of its site – the public park, the trees, and the current city hall – to insert itself gently into the landscape.
Supple and athletic, it coils around the existing trees, surrounding them to preserve them. It pushes up into the sky and outward into the park, finding its place without upsetting the harmoniousness of the place. It slaloms lightly and gracefully, and its skin uses the path of
the sun to its best advantage.
Despite its size, it only reveals part of its whole. The visible sides, which are proportionate to the surrounding buildings, blend into the urban landscape, while its curves and texture make the building a singular event in the town. As an installation, it hides from view under the reflection of the surrounding landscape on its skin, as if it were  a chameleon.

We are glad to announce the Winners and
the Honourable Mentions for the S.ARCH 2017 AWARDS.

We appreciate to all contributors as well as to the Jury.

Dinosaur egg geological museum in Qinglong Mountain, China

The museum design adopts all local material, local teams and local construction techniques. It strives to create least disruption with most locally-sourced design input. Cast-in-place concrete, reinforced concrete system, local construction team and local materials are used as much as possible.The design used locally fast-grown bamboo as concrete molds, it also used old tiles from deserted local earth houses as the 2nd layer of roof. It also helps keep interior temperature in good condition for hot summer climate region. Without any decoration for inside and outside facade, only using some chimney-shaped skylight in order to draw in natural daylight as spotlights for better exhibiting of the dinosaur eggs.
The site remained least disturbed, with the minimally- designed walking bridge gently floating above to hug around the site of the eggs, which further determines the direction and form of the architecture that serves as a silent backdrop for the site. It is a building that is modest to the site, honest to the history and respectful to the archaeological excavation.

Rudapithecus Visitor Centre on the Monkey Island, Hungary

This realized project is one of the stages on the path to the realisation of a large-scale landscape design project. The research deals with one of the most underdeveloped regions of Hungary, located on the northeastern border of Borsod-Aba˙j-ZemplÚn county.
From the perspective of the architectural concept, the first task was to designate the sites for construction. They were chosen in order to emphasize dialogue with the surroundings, vistas and views, the history of the mine, and the natural and industrial heritage of the area. As planners, we felt that it would only be possible to design vandal-proof buildings that would also be interesting architecturally if we created a harmony between the building material, the building site, and the structure of the edifice. In the end, we chose monolith iron-reinforced concrete cast on site. We also planned to use reddish pigment in the cement mix, in part as a reference to the colors of the iron ore which used to be mined at the site in huge quantities and which is visible in many places today.

The Institute for the Blind, Hungary

The institute was founded in 1898, Budapest. Most of the children who are living here have multiple disadvantages. There are blinds, disableds, mentally retardeds, and most of them are orphans. The state supports them until the age of 18. After this age they have no place to go to.
The Studio designed the home of the 18+ children. The new building is connected to the existing one, with a bridge. In the first two floors of the 5 storey building are the common spaces, activity rooms and the dining room. In the 3 upper floors are the bedrooms.
Our aim was a simple, safe and user friendly building, which serves the life of the children. Most of the corridors get natural light, which helps the orientation of the blinds. The strong light transmission is reduced by the perforated metal sheets. These sheets are placed in front of the large glass surfaces. The perforation is formed from braille subtitles, with the following words: trust, home, shelter and love.

Kindergarten in Stubline Village, Serbia

Kindergarten building is located in the village of Stubline in the west part of the larger Belgrade metropolitan area. The village is formed along a regional road and is few kilometers long. Both sides of the road are with the village households and surrounding plots aligned. Houses are located at the very the fronts of the plots while the vegetable gardens and agricultural fields are located at the rear. All plots are very narrow and long. The kindergarten plot is equally narrow, with the longer side in the west-east direction. The design framework was defined much by the evident conditionality of the site and client's specific energy efficiency requirements. Kindergarten was set initially as a long linear gesture with the daycare and pre-school facilities in the front and the nursery in the rear of the building. Daycare/pre-school part was organized as a two tract type with a central corridor. The South side is reserved for children's spaces that are having a direct access to the garden, thus extending the interior towards the outside in the warm months.

Montessori School in Lujan, Argentina

It is located in a rural area 68 km. northwest of Buenos Aires. The program is organized in three continuous but separate buildings, Kindergarten, Elementary and High School, to phase the construction along three subsequent years. The structures follow a general east-west alignment, slightly rotating seeking the best north orientation for classrooms and views to common areas and the lake. Access and parking are organized to the southwest, buffering the constructions by mounds and trees lines from the cold winds. The programs configure the structures in two ways, as flexible public spaces with high sections to the south, and more intimate spaces as articulated modular classrooms with lower sections to the north. Both section’s profiles follow two folding roofs extruded east-west in public areas, and north south in classrooms, transitioning in a shared structural line that jumps the levels.
The Montessori School Lujßn activates diverse micro-territorial affiliations between the School community and its physical environment as a focused, intensive endeavor to reach design specificity, fine-grained proximity to people and issues, towards a more refined, exhaustive depiction of public-intimacy life.

Landmark 81, Vietnam

At a height of over 460m, this 81-storey mixed-use tower is destined to be a landmark building that is located in Vinhomes Central Park - one of the most prime locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. With an expansive fašade facing the beautiful Saigon River, the project is conveniently connected via major road and water transportation.
The project aims to develop the city into international standards and create landmarks that will be viewed as part of a modern and integrated Vietnam.
With construction underway and set to be completed in 2017, Landmark 81 will spiral into the growing skyline of the city adding a new iconic landmark to Ho Chi Minh City’s towering skyline. Encompassing an area of 241,000 sq.m, it will be one of the largest and the tallest building in Vietnam, accommodating the five star Vinpearl hotel in the upper portion. The predominant function will be residential, along with a sumptuous shopping centre featuring the finest retailers under one roof for a top-class shopping experience. The very top of the tower will house a public observation deck and exhibition space.

MOME Campus, Hungary

Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design Budapest is planning to expand its building complex on its premises. The proposal of architects introduces a scheme of integration on multiple levels: of natural and built environment, of old and new structures, of heritage and innovation, of private and communal spaces, and of creative production and social life.
The old building’s 17 metres width is transpaned as the free span of the new construction, creating a multi-storey industrial-like modular space that always reacts to the work, exhibition and social life inside. The various spaces serve a wide range of learning methods as they vary from regular classrooms through characteristic contemporary learning landscapes to neutral, transformable open spaces. Nevertheless, the new interior is easily altered if necessary after a few years: the walls are only built like exhibition installations and even the slab panels might be added or subtracted with the help of an inside crane to keep up with the changing needs of design education.

Revolution 4.0, Egypt

The project stresses the adaptability of Cairo’s unused urban spaces (e.g. spaces under motorway flyovers) to meet the needs of street children and provide both learning and opportunities for advancement without uprooting them—in other words, by dealing with street children as positive economic assets rather than liabilities. This can reverse the condition of neglect by redefining street children socially, economically, and politically.
The main concept is to train and educate children while executing the design, by allowing them to observe and be engaged, mentally and physically. Under the ring road in Mariotia, Phase 1 involves setting foundations for the intervention, and creating a culvert for the contaminated and exposed canal. Phase 2 will then involve cleaning and collecting recyclable local materials from surrounding farmlands (e.g. Straw-Bales). Construction waste from the informal settlements built on adjacent agricultural lands are recycled and used also in constructing low-cost houses for the poor by the poor street children themselves. Phase 3 consists of building a platform for observing construction, whereas Phase 4 includes establishing training workshops and learning platforms in preparation for the pursuit of sustainable opportunities on Phase 5; which includes a service and construction centre that are self-managed by street children.

Marina landscaping with Lighthouse and adjacent areas, Montenegro

The task of this research design is landscaping of marina and contact public spaces where were recognised as generators and complementary content of the planned tourist resort which will be developed in the hinterland of the subject location. The integral approach through hierarchical setting analyses important movement directions, connections and communication with immediate surrounding and the inside of the very location, but also as visual contact of the marina with the surrounding. In the process of elaboration, public spaces with potential to accommodate new content and to be valorised in an adaptive manner were identified.
Identification of potential space users and potentials of general and narrow context defines dynamic programme of public strategy and design elements for following functionally programme segments: park gateway, marina promenade, amphitheatre gateway, marina promenade i main breakwater & lighthouse.

The 4th International ARCHITECTURE Conference with AWARDs - S.ARCH, 7-9 June 2017, HONG KONG



Supporting Organisers


Faculty of Architecture and CIB Student Chapter,
The University of Hong Kong

Paris, France

122 Studio Green Arch. Research Center,
Wuhan, China

Narmer Architecture Studio,
Budapest, Hungary

Studio A4,
Budapest, Hungary

Belgrade, Serbia

eCV estudio Claudio Vekstein, Opera Publica,
Phoenix, USA

Hong Kong

CAN Architects,
Gyor, Hungary

Abdullah AlDabbous,
Al Ahmadi, Kuwait

Studio Synthesis architecture & design,
Podgorica, Montenegro

Misi-Ziibi Living Delta, USA

The MISI-ZIIBI LIVING DELTA is a design framework to achieve a healthy, productive and resilient Mississippi River Delta for the 22nd century, in an era where the only predictability is that change will continue to occur due to climate, subsidence, global economies, and evolving social structures. The Living Delta is a holistic and multi-layered design approach that relies on constructed and natural self-regulating and regenerative socio-ecological systems to create a safe, livable and sustainable Mississippi River Delta.
The proposal is formulated on the understanding of strong sustainability and integrates the ecology [Delta Building], economy [Working Delta], and social structures [Delta Living] of the Lower Mississippi region. The vision for the MISI-ZIIBI LIVING DELTA is based on a series of innovative structural and non-structural design principles tailored specifically to the geomorphological and fluvial dynamics of the Mississippi River, historical cultures and communities, and projections of local and regional economies.
The Living Delta is smaller but sustainable delta, requiring management at a regional scale.  In light of unpredictable climate futures, the project proposes a hybrid approach by constructing a system to expand natural successional delta ecologies in concert with an evolving delta community and economy.
The delta region must be understood and planned as ONE comprehensive spatial and operational entity in which living, working, and land building are mutually supportive and integrated.

H3 Studio,
Saint Louis, USA


GrOwING GREEN is a prototype for a fully automated mobile greenhouse designed to address the unique conditions of the urban farm and is the fifth in a series of projects built by BSU architecture students in support of urban farming operations in Indianapolis over the course of the last six years.  The project, funded with a grant from the Butler University Innovation Fund and built at a cost of $40,000, is designed to function year round and can be reconfigured to grow starts for a wide variety of crops. Mobility allows the facility to be shared between farming operations which are often small in scale, and mobility also amplifies the potential for community engagement and outreach by actually taking the farm to the community. The project incorporates automated heating, cooling and ventilation systems as well as a four zone irrigation system. All building components were rigorously researched, prototyped and fabricated to maximize durability, flexibility and efficiency while minimizing cost.

Prof. Timothy Gray and Architecture Students,
Ball State University,
Muncie, USA

House B, Croatia

The house is located in the longitudinal west-east direction, in order to maximize the benefits od of the south orientation and to allow a view of the city from the entire house. It is designed with a simple gesture of pulling the upper floor volume in a relation to the ground floor volume. This formed two valuable outer spaces as a functional extension of interior of the house - the entrance to the parking lots, which covers the console to the west, and a terrace with a roof garden for parents in the east. Cantelevered space can be used as a covered dining terrace. The ground floor has a living room, dining room and kitchen, the upper floor consists of sleeping spaces, and the basement is the utilitarian floor. The organization of the house is done around the centrally placed two-storey living room, which is vertically connected with the upper floor gallery, with dining area and the kitchen on the same level and with the exterior through the large glass walls. Gallery serves as a horizontal connection between parental bedroom and children's rooms and as a playroom. Large windows oriented to the south allow the decline of winter sun rays deep into the house and make passive heating possible. Duplex living room accumulates heat and distributes it to other areas of the house. In the summer, the house is protected from the sun with a pergola and movable blinds.

Zagreb, Croatia

Inverted House in Hokkaido,

The Inverted House brings the ‘harshness’ of the world into the house itself, by minimalising heated interior and creating a series of interconnected sheltered exterior spaces of various architectonic and micro-climatic qualities. The innovative architectural composition of walls, roofs and floor platforms is an attempt to create a strong experience of living within nature (even sleeping outside) through the precise architectural character given to each space. The Outside Room is covered by a large, gently sloping roof compressing toward surrounding landscape. In contrast, the Inside Room is grounded, narrow and dark, with a low view focused on snow or flowers in the Garden Room outside. The outside bath is hidden closely under the steep roof withstanding main winds, while the sleeping platform floats above snow, with a roof opening toward the sky. It’s a spatial parcours of inside-outside, with varying distance to nature, created by floor heights and roof slopes. We imagined Inverted House as a delicate instrumentation of pieces, rather then one dominating concept. Each wall, floor, roof and pillar has been carefully considered in proportion and relation to the building as a whole and to the world in which it is built.

The Oslo School of Architecture,
Oslo, Norway
Kengo Kuma & Associates,
Tokyo, Japan

Puma Energy El Salvador Headquarters, El Salvador

Puma Energy Corporate Headquarters are located on the Panamerican highway, passing through San Salvador. The new building, which is inserted between the deteriorated existing commercial and industrial buildings that characterize this stretch of road with barely public profile, overlooks the road with a powerful cantilever taking part of the intensity of the traffic, showing its interior activity and acting as an innovative element of the urban landscape.
The building consists of two superimposed and arranged crosswise blocks, interlacing solids and voids all around them. Thus, a progressive sequence of compressions and expansions arranges and qualifies the circulation and access areas. A vertical void connects both blocks at their intersection allowing visual relations between different levels and programs. Here, the light is vertical and comes from skylights on deck in contrast to the horizontal spatiality of the open office area located in the  upper level.

Ruiz Parado-Nebreda,
Mardid, Spain

National University of Singapore - New Administration Block, Singapore

The redeveloped Administration Block for the National University of Singapore is a response to the local tropical climate, wherein passive design concepts have been applied to react effectively to the environment. The form of the building is evolved through an iterative design process of addition/subtraction of volumes and shifting in/out of spaces, creating interesting green pockets and courtyards within the building. These un-programmed naturally ventilated pockets and courtyards suggest avenue for students and staffs alike to interact, discuss or to relax. Additionally, these pockets allowed the building to breathe by forming openings and drawing wind into the central atrium. The building massing is strategically orientated with minimal East and West facing facades. Rhythmic articulation of horizontal fins around the fašade of the building served on one hand to maximize daylight, and on the other tominimize glare and heat penetrating the interior spaces.

Architects 61,

Home Made, Austria

5 MIN, 50 € is the average cost of this project for each person needing protection.
Stopover residences / Temporary use as an emergency shelter.
For days, weeks, months around 280 refugees have been living in the former offices. These are mostly families from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who are waiting in this Caritas emergency shelter for their asylum decisions and for their allocation to long-term accommodation. Most of the residents are not yet receiving primary care; they have left their previous life behind them and have no idea what lies ahead…
äIn every project, the answer to the question is and remains people. Always. Here we have come full circle because at the end of the day it is always about Places for People. Protecting privacy and opening up to a community can take different forms. The decisive thing is that one has a choice.“
“Time pressure and scarce resources can be seen as an opportunity,” architects say. “In many cases it is simply not appropriate to develop complicated design details.” Architects enjoy working with modular structures and ready-made artefacts as they seek to translate a set of requirements into a handy conceptual tool. It was logical to use off-the-shelf elements to develop a system which is cheap, simple and flexible and remains focussed on the key objective.
For architects it was important from the very start that the self-supporting cell with its parasol and secondary spaces was (and already has been) used not only in the context of an emergency shelter but also as an informal way of limiting spaces in all sorts of situations such as ateliers, open plan offices, children’s playrooms and, indeed, anywhere, where a place of retreat is wanted or needed within a larger spatial structure. The dimensions and functional possibilities of the units were first tried out in the shape of test structures in the architects’ office. Which proportions are most pleasant and how well does a textile barrier work as a wall which will be respected as such?

Caramel architekten,
Vienna, Austria

Cancer Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This mixed-use project, with a Cancer Hospital at its center, balances business and social agendas.
Initially the project was envisioned as a private hospital serving patients that can afford a high quality of health care. The preliminary feasibility study showed that the price of the land was prohibitively high. Faced with unanticipated costs the client considered abandoning the project.
We proposed an alternative project model to the client, one based on a private-public partnership. The project would expand and become a mixed-use complex jointly owned by the socially-minded city government and private investors. It would include a cancer hospital, public parking, housing for low income families, amenities such as shops, gardens and recreation. In addition, an adult education center would provide training for the hospital staff, offering career opportunities to residents of the complex.

Cannon Design,
Saint Louis, USA

Green miles of Nashtarood, Iran

The site is located on Nashtarood, Mazandaran, Iran and is in the vicinity of the Caspian Sea and the coastal access road.
In this project, vertical and horizontal connections are designed as an introvert spiral green path with the possibility for the users to go walking and biking in different floors. Big public spaces with appropriate view to the Caspian Sea can be used as neighborhood spaces for resting and social interactions.
Big public spaces with appropriate view to the Caspian Sea can be used as spaces for resting and social interactions. Creating green gardens in the walking and biking path in addition to strengthening the natural spaces in the complex, helps the project have better natural ventilation. Also, the porosity in the main volume helps the inner spaces have better light and sea view. Paying attention to the idea of residence + recreation, we tried to present a prototype of recreational-residential vertical complex. We defined a recreational-commercial path which can provide services to non-resident users as well as the residents.
The villas yards can be used as an active and dynamic private spaces in different hours for all the family members.

Logical Process in Architectural Design,
Isfahan, Iran

Dietmar Eberle

baumschlager eberle


Viviana Muscettola

Zaha Hadid Architects


Ibrahim Abdelhady



Marina Stosic

The New ARCH


Keith Brewis



Vivian Lee

Richard Meier & Partners Architects


Jia Beisi

University of
Hong Kong


Short-List Jury for the S.ARCH-2017 AWARDs

Robert Greenwood



The S.ARCH International Architecture AWARDs are dedicated to the recognition of Completed Projects and Conceptual Designs, their excellence in architecture and/or urbanism, architectural diversity, new ideas and their exemplary implementations around the world.

The S.ARCH AWARDs pay tribute to encourage building concepts / designs that successfully set new standards in architecture. AWARDs may challenge, drive and inspire architects to confront more with objective of architecture and its relationship with the environment.

The S.ARCH AWARDs seek to recognize new developments in sustainable architecture, where particular attention has been given to building / designing schemes that use local resources and appropriate design solutions in innovative ways.












COMPLETED PROJECT - Honourable Mention

COMPLETED PROJECT - Honourable Mention

COMPLETED PROJECT - Honourable Mention

COMPLETED PROJECT - Honourable Mention

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN - Honourable Mention

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN - Honourable Mention

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN - Honourable Mention

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN - Honourable Mention

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