[PORTFOLIO CHALLENGE] December winning project focused on a Music Hall for Global Collaboration

December was a month for giving and sharing! The last winner of 2020 was hard fought to the end, and we are excited to highlight the work of a diverse crowd of architects and designers in the Portfolio Challenge!

We had projects coming from Romania to Dubai! Projects that focused on fixing the problems that lead to the fire at Grenfell Towers in London to projects that tried to create spaces that promote rest and work.

In December the incredible work of 10 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 get over 271 likes on their project via Instagram. The previous high of likes was last month’s winner, Macarena Chaves Martinez‘s StartMAD,which was able to attain 344 likes on Instagram!! Although Matteo’s project was unable to beat the highest recorded Instagram likes on a project their work is top-notch and worth looking over.

Without further ado, December’s winner for the Portfolio Challenge is… Matteo Terazzi with his project called Synergy Hall.

SynEnergy Hall was designed to serve the purpose of a Performing Arts Center that is user-friendly and focused on the lights, coloration, vegetation, and the community engagement aspect. Matteo has always been interested in creating spaces that promote collaboration and creates a sense of belonging to something bigger than just yourself. Below you can see how he thinks about the orientation of the sun and the impact that the building will have on the spaces around it.

Now he is working at Studio Razavi Architecture and is looking forward to getting the opportunity to work in the USA at some point in the near future.


Images by Matteo Terazzi

If you want to see more by Matteo Terazziscroll down to the bottom to find the rest of their project, SynEnergy Hall.

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

In second place was Victor de Andres Martín’s Intercambiador de Cruceros para el Puerto de La Coruña for the Portfolio Challenge with over 223 likes on Instagram. During his studies at Universidad de Francisco Vito, Victor went to the site, saw it, experienced it and enjoyed a lot the whole entire process besides the uncertainty that it involved. He is now currently working in Dublin at O’Briain Beary Architects as an Assistant Architect, and has been working there over 3 years now.

In third place was Theodor Harasim’s Center for Environmental Research & Educationwhich he created during his time working on the Romanian Green Building Council as a Program Specialist. The project was able to win 187 likes on Instagram. He has always been interested in contributing to the sustainable transition of new building practices and implementation. Theodor provides a holistic approach to the designing, planning, and creation of a Center for the Sustainability movement in Romania.

In fourth place was Maria da Silva Menezes Reis’ Requalification of Peniche’s Urban Frontwhich gained over 178 likes on Instagram. Last time she presented her project called Rural School in Haiti, which garnered her the winning project in October with over 293 likes on Instagram. The focus of this project was the revamping and updating of an Urban Front that Maria visited earlier.

In fifth place was Carlos Alcalá Santaella Macías Mallorca 17 apartmentswhich was able to gain over 169 likes on Instagram. The project was created with the goal of creating an apartment complex in Mallorca that provides a new way of viewing architecture in the region. At the moment, Carlos is working as a BIM Architect at FL-ARE in Madrid, Spain. Previously he worked at Adam Bresnik Architects as a Junior Architect.

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In sixth place was Zain Al Sharaf Wahbeh‘s Stacking Dwellingswhich was able to gain 154 likes on Instagram.

Stacking Dwellings according to Zain was created, «Following the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire on June 14 2017, an extensive range of technical and public welfare discussions have surfaced throughout the architectural practice. The first phase of the public inquiry entailed a meticulous inspection  of  images and technical reports that were compiled before and after the incident. These harrowing accounts revealed duplicitous measures to retrofit Grenfell Tower in 2014 with combustible material. This self-serving decision had ultimately cost the lives of more than 70 residents.»

In seventh place was Bianca Dobru’s Traditionally Inspired Romanian Dwelling, which was able to gain over 148 likes on Instagram. In this project she sought to create a house inspired by her Romanian culture, so you can see lots of wood used and simple and clean angles. Previously, she submitted two different projects, Yichun Zen Resort project and Karle town center in Bangalore project.

In eighth place was Toshinosuke Matsuki’s Queens Plaza Tower, which was able to win over 123 likes on Instagram. Previously Toshi worked at Pelli Clarke Pelli in Tokyo, before moving to the USA to purse his career dreams. Now he was able to weather the storm caused by the Pandemic and find a new job with AB Arkitekten. Queens Plaza Tower is a project that he worked on, and which provides us with a glimpse into his mind and how he approaches the design process.

In ninth place was Andrés Conejero Conesa’s MNEBHI PALACE COURTYARD, which was able to garner 112 likes on Instagram. Last time Andres submitted a project to the Portfolio Challenge, it was the Auroville Urban Axis, Urban Densification and Architectural Strategies in Southeastern India. Andres got the opportunity to travel to India to work with Anupama Kundoo ArchitectsAndres is focused in the intersection between Research, Design and Investment in Architecture, Urbanism and Technology to make palpable the transition from current cities into smart resilient cities.

In tenth place was Víctor Gerardo González’s Casa Mayahuelwhich was able to get 110 likes on Instagram. The project in his eyes is a …»Reflection on architecture from the landscape of America, in the cultural context of Mexico and more specifically in the agave landscape from which products of universal fame are made who have identified Mexico with these since times rowing. Victor is now working on his own firm called VGM Arquitectos in Mexico, as well as a part-time Professor at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City.

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

Images by Matteo Terazzi

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