THE UNBELIEVABLE CHALLENGE

OPEN ARCHITECTURAL IDEAS COMPETITION

The Unbelievable Challenge 2017 competition is over and I’m happy to say it truly was an amazing one. I received inspiring and insightful entries from aspiring designers in 22 countries. On behalf of Ruukki and our partners, I humbly thank each and every contestant for their contribution. I’ll see you next time around!

Yours truly,
- Mr. Santa Claus

 

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The Unbelievable Challenge 2017
Introducing the winner entry: "unwrapped"

The 2017 edition of The Unbelievable Challenge focused on finding new innovative ideas for shopping mall façades.

The winner of The Unbelievable Challenge 2017 Ben Feicht showed unparalleled talent and vision in his creation, which provided a new solution on how to showcase the mall interiors through the building façade.

Here’s how the jury summed up the performance: 
“The most crucial insight was to use mirrors that make the interior visible to the street and vice versa. This tied the mall to its surroundings, and made the shops inside a part of city life, attracting people to explore the inside of the building”

 

The winner

"Unwrapped"

by Ben Feicht

10-week internship at Snøhetta and a €1,000 cash prize

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The amazingly inventive Unwrapped bravely took the task of enhancing the connection between the interior and exterior of the building. The most crucial insight was to use mirrors that make the interior visible to the street and vice versa. This tied the mall to its surroundings, and made the shops inside a part of city life, attracting people to explore the inside of the building.

WORDS FROM THE JURY

 The jury recognised a few recurring themes in the proposals. Some combined various themes, some revolved around one – all of them had their strengths and weaknesses. This jury report focuses on these themes instead of particular entries.

Check out The Unbelievable Challenge 2017 Book for all entry introductions

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