December Portfolio Challenge Winner is a project that designed a Community House

November was a month full of incredible projects, but December has been a month full of top notch projects ranging from collective housing to a design for a Surf School to a new KFA HQ.

With 8 artists’ work being presented throughout the month on all of our different platforms, 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, the month of December is… Maria O’Connor‘s Passive House which garnered the most likes on Instagram with 50 likes in November!!

Last time Maria submitted HOUSING IN BRNO, which takes inspiration from the city of Brno in the Czech Republic. It’s known for its modernist buildings, like the restored Villa Tugendhat, completed in 1930 by architect Mies van der Rohe.

Maria is aware of the environment and the necessity for architecture to solve key design issues necessary for a sustainable future. She is licensed as a LEED Green Associate, and was interested in pursuing the license due to her support of the preservation and reuse of the heritage buildings which is part of why she was inspired by the beautiful city in the Czech Republic.

What were your favorite projects from December?!?! Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below!! 👇👇👇

If you want to see more by Maria, scroll down to the bottom to find the rest of his project, Passive House.

Thank you to everyone who had their work presented in the month of December!! 😁😁 We want to make sure that they all get more exposure! 👀👀

In second place was Nieves Andrea Calvo’s My Roots Are My Inspiration with 36 likes on Instagram. She worked along with A4 Tsawehuca Tea – Pablo Claudio Wegman, Virginia de Jorge Huertas y Chenta Tsai. They were finalists in the “Inspiration Hotel” convocation for OPENGAP. Based on the “Trümmenfrauen”, a collective of women whom reconstructed Berlin, we propose Muslim female artists as the nuclei to regenerate the ruins of Baghdad, recreating and creating inspirational hotels for the use of artists and citizens relying on seven archetypal principles that describe contemporary female artists.

In third place was Barbara Pomilio’s KFAS NEW HQ with over 32 likes on Instagram. The project is a design for the HQs in Kuwait, and it won first place at Wettbewerbe AktuellTOPOTEK 1 Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten mbH, Berlin and its team along with their counterparts (Dan Budik · Martin Rein-Cano Mitarbeit: Pavlo Zabotin · Viktor Kopieikin · Polina Moskalenko · Evgeniia Zuhkova · Barbara Pomilio · Joëlle Cocco · Giulia Marioni · Fachberater: Transsolar, Stuttgart · Buro Happold Engineering, Berlin · PACE Architecture, Kuwait) were able to complete this award winning project.

In fourth place was Arunachalam lakshmanan’s SALARPURIA SATVA with 27 likes on Instagram. A recent Graduate of Architecture from the University of Melbourne with 3 yrs of work experience as an architectural assistant and intern for architecture/interior design firms in India. Arunachalam views himself as someone that is passionate about what he does and strives to push himself to learn new things. If you look through his portfolio of works you will see how he explores architecture in response to culture, community or environment of a project, by imbuing key characteristics into the experience and the character of the design outcome.

In fifth place was Alicia Palacios’ Surf School and Residence with 26 likes on Instagram. She used Autocad, Rhinoceros, Photoshop, and Illustrator to create these stunning drawings. Palacios views architecture as a reflection of our society and our values. In this new project, she is focused on preservation of the nature around the Mediterranean coast, and how we, as humans, interact with our natural environment.

In sixth place was Stas Gulkowski’s Mum’s Club with 25 likes on Instagram. Last time, he submitted his project called La Struttura Assente which was a parcel of the project located in the central, historical section of Milan, along Via San Marco. The design problem addressed by Mum’s Club was refurbishment of section building located in Via Zumbini 6, Milan. The space functions as a temporary/emergency home for people that are currently in such need. Under consideration was the complex’s top floor west wing, a space allotted to host single mothers and their children in the age bracket of 0-6 years old, within a so-called ‘ERIN’ project. After a thorough examination of the space, and most importantly interviewing the structure’s visitors and client, we isolated the most important issues and simultaneously covered each in our design proposal.

In seventh place was Asazak Azvahiransiri’s RUSTIC & BLUE THE NEW TAVERN with 13 likes on Instagram. Asazak is an architect based out of Thailand and this is their first submission to the Portfolio Challenge, so we are excited to introduce the community to Asazak’s work. The aim of the project is to create a design for a new tavern in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As he spent a large part of his life in Chiang Mai, Asazak sought to provide a design for a hip new space where the youth can hang out and enjoy the roof top views.

In eighth place was Nicolas Waidele’s La Cabaña with 11 likes on Instagram. Nicolas studied architecture and design at the Illinois Institute of Technology and has been able to since continue working in the Chicago area. He is currently working at NWA Architects. La Cabaña is a design that Nicolas created before joining The Chicago Architecture Center’s (CAC) Helmut Jahn Awards, and provides us with a sense of his design style and how he would design affordable housing.

Images by Maria O’Connor

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