Architecture Contest Sydney, Australian Architectural Design, NSW

Sydney Architecture Competition

Container Vacation House Competition, Australia – by [AC-CA]

28 Nov 2013

Container Vacation House Competition Winners

[SYDNEY 08] Winners

First Prize
Ales Javurek
Country: Czech Republic
Team Type: Architect

The elegant juxtaposition of shipping containers and horizontal timber planes creates a very simple building that reflects a very positive emotional space and experience.

There is an element of surprise within this project even as it attempts to retain and stay true to the container DNA is something that excited the panel.

The interesting inter-play between the different materials of steel container and wood together with transparencies give this project a positive edge. The panel also noted the understanding of the required ventilation and the great control of natural lighting from the sun. It is simple concept where smaller spaces are used for private functions and the larger space between containers are used for public functions.

It is a structure that is realistic, feasible and also blends and integrates well with the site.

Second Prize
Eunjin Koh + Jonghyun Kim
Country: South Korea
Team Type: Architect

The originality of the architecture presented by this project with its uneven, rawness of the creased and wrinkled roof plane and deconstruction as a mimesis to the adjacent rugged sandstone cliff rocks results in an interesting concept.

Suspending the shipping containers to create a varied and vibrant well-ordered private living space contrasting the dynamic public spaces with the container taking second priority is interesting.

It is a good approach and great organisation of containers.

Third Prize
Andrew Nicolle + James Moulder
Country: Australia
Team Type: Student

The ingenious proposition of reusing crumpled shipping containers has led to a unique solution, full of complexity that would be a joy to explore.

It is an organic maze, full of playfulness and the original introduction of the container mould with the texture of the profiled metal container skin formwork. This resulted in transforming an otherwise monolithic low CO2 white concrete formwork into a series of delicate sculptural interior spaces.

The concern with regards of the use of container as ornament, the effectiveness, feasible of such an approach without need for secondary construction was something that the panel look at. However, the complexity of the project also offers multiple points of view to the beach, coastline and ocean. This project does indeed offer food for thought on shipping container reuse and possibilities.

Runners up


The Jury for this International Competition comprised of the following professionals:

Juliette Sohier – Architect (French)
Jason Trisley – Architect (Australian)
Mads Møller – Architect (Danish)


The Jury reviewed the submitted proposals based on the competition objectives
and from the shortlisted competition entries selected the competition winners
with an [AC-­‐CA] consultant overseeing each stage of the process.


We received a total of 307 proposals.

12 Jul 2013

Architecture Competition in Sydney


Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. It is located in south-east coast on the Tasman Sea. The greater metropolitan area had an approximate population of 4.6 million people.

Container Vacation House Competition Sydney
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The container is a metal box fabricated from slow rusting steel designed for transporting goods. Its dimensions have been internationally standardised according to ISO regulations. It is also used as a building module in architecture. The ease of stacking the containers allows for rapid construction at an advantageous cost.
The word “contain” comes from Latin word “continere” meaning to hold together, to surround or to store. A container is a vessel that surrounds a usable volume of space and thus defines the spacial boundary between interior and exterior. And as a walk-in box with useful spacial dimensions, the container fulfils the prerequisites for use as a spacial module.

Container Vacation House Competition Sydney
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The aim of this International Competition is to design a Container Vacation House overlooking the Bondi Beach waterfront in Sydney using used freight container. This competition hopes to achieve the following:

– Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of waterfront home.
– Research and investgate the various combination possibilities for freight container units to meet the specified program.
– Generate the discussion and ideas about the reuse of freight container modules and encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

Container Vacation House Competition Sydney
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This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

Architects, Architecture Graduated, Engineers and Students. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to enter the Competition.
Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members and there is no age limit.

Container Vacation House Competition Sydney
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Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000 with the distribution as follows:

1st PRIZE: US$ 3,500
2nd PRIZE: US$ 1,700
3rd PRIZE: US$ 800
There will also be 7 honorable mentions.

This is an open International Competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Container Vacation House to be built.

Container Vacation House Competition Sydney
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Competition Officially Announced – 6 Jul 2013
Start of Competition – 10 Jul 2013
Closing Date for Registration – 31 Oct 2013
Closing Date for Submissions – 5 Nov 2013

[SYDNEY] Container Vacation House Competition images / information from The [AC-CA] Team

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

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