[PORTFOLIO CHALLENGE] November winning project focused on creating a space for entrepreneurs in Madrid

November has been a month full of amazing projects from our participants all over the world!! We have the November Winner for you!!! The winner for this month beat our highest liked project by almost 100 likes!

November was a month for being grateful and happy for what we have! This month we have had a diverse crowd of architects and designers submit their work to the Portfolio Challenge.

We had projects coming from Ecuador to projects in Italy! We had a project that took on the challenge of creating a house within the confines of a bridge! We also had a project take on the difficult work of rebuilding a city in Ecuador that had been hit by an earthquake.

In November the top notch work of 8 architects was highlighted and shown on our platforms, and now we have the final winner with the most likes on Instagram!!

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The winner of the $30 Amazon Gift Card for this month was able to surpass the previous high of 293 likes garnered by Maria da Silva Menezes Reis‘ Rural School in Haiti. The winner for the Portfolio Challenge in November is…

Macarena Chaves Martinez‘s StartMAD,which was able to attain 344 likes on Instagram!! Which makes Macarena’s project the new highest liked Portfolio Challenge post so far!

A project that she worked on while in Madrid, which seeks to provide designs for a northern section of the city known for its financial district and tall towers. This area of Madrid has many start-up companies that require a different style of office space that promotes more interconnection and communication.

Macarena has been able to study at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM) and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was able to work at Forma Architecture in Chicago for 7 months, while studying at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Images by Macarena Chaves Martinez

If you want to see more by Macarena Chaves Martinezscroll down to the bottom to find the rest of their project, StartMAD.

We want to highlight the beautiful work of the other seven incredible artists that were showcased in November!!

In second place was Guillermo Traibel‘s Roosevelt Avenue, which was able to attain 269 likes on Instagram. 

Roosevelt Avenue is a detailed project that shows how an apartment building is planned, and it goes from idea to building plan to construction plan to the small details in each apartment. In 2017, Guillermo graduated from Universidad ORT Uruguay, and he received his Bachelors in Architecture. Currently he is working at Humphrey & Partners Architects in Montevideo, and has been there for around 4 years now.

In third place was Diego Cordova‘s After 16A Earthquakewhich received 222 likes on Instagram.

In April 16 of 2016, Ecuador suffered one of the deadliest earthquakes (7.8 Richter) in the last decades. Some towns were completely and partially destroyed, there were almost 700 deceased. For Diego and his community it was imperative that the school of Architecture change its agenda towards responding to the current crisis and its implication. One of them was the residential deficit in the affected cities and the fact that people would invade zones of high earthquake risk for informal housing. It is for this reason that Diego created this wonderful project!

In fourth place was Giulia Pierotti‘s Arsenale Theatre with 220 likes on Instagram. 

During her studies at the Architecture of Interiors, Faculty of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano she created Arsenale Theatre. Arsenale Theatre is an existing theatre school and learning centre located within Milano’s urban pattern, hosted in a church of 1270. The aim of the project was to understand the meaning of Contemporary Theatre in order to conceive one starting from the existing perimeter of the building.

In fifth place was Arturo R. Del Amo López‘s Plastic Box Pavillion with 214 likes on Instagram.

Arturo R. Del Amo López has been working in the USA with HMC Architects for almost half a year now in Sacramento, California. Plastic Box Pavilion is one of his creations from earlier on in his career, while he was honing his skills at Universidad CEU in Madrid. The idea behind the Pavilion is to provide those that enter into the structure, with a sense of comfort mixed with exploration of new spaces.

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In sixth place was Javier Martin de la Fuente‘s IE Hub with 187 likes on Instagram.

Javier Martin de la Fuente studied at The University of Technology Sydney and now, Fuentes is chasing his American Dream by working at SHoP Architects in New York City since 2018. As you can see, there are various sections that are focused on fitness, knowledge, teamwork, and also leisure. The idea of the IE Hub came from seeing his university experience in Sydney, and applying it to this project as a way of preserving his experience there.

In seventh place was Tiago Ferreira‘s Bridge House with 179 likes on Instagram.

Tiago Ferreira designed this project to be situated in Boticas, Portugal. It seeks to create a house that is situated within the form of a bridge that crosses over a forrest. During his studies, he gained skills in his detailing of his designs and the computer languages necessary to create these types of top notch renders. Tiago studied for his Masters in Architecture at Universidad de Minho in Braga, Portugal. Previously, in 2019, he was working with Handis SNC in Casablanca, Morocco.

In eighth place was Ines Gulbenkian‘s La Bodega  with 176 likes on Instagram.

Ines Gulbenkian, views her project, “In a context of rapid social and political transformation, (she) proposed a system of interventions into the spaces of food distribution in the city of Havana, Cuba (las bodegas). The aim of this proposal is twofold: firstly, to create a mechanism of food distribution that can offer an alternative to the foreseeable privatization and deregulation of the current state owned system; second, understanding the food distribution as a social and political process, the project aims at generating new networks of solidarity in the urban fabric of the city.

Which projects for November were your top 3? Leave us your thoughts/insights in the comments section below!! 👇👇👇

Images by Macarena Chaves Martinez

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