Winners of the 2018 Architecture Drawing Prize announced

The overall award for The Architecture Drawing Prize 2018 has gone to Chinese architect Li Han, for his piece The Samsara of Building No. 42 on Dirty Street. Han, also the digital category winner, is a founding partner of Drawing Architecture Studio in Beijing. His work is a chronological visual narrative of the development of a building in Beijing, between 2008 and 2017, from residential to commercial and back to residential use again.

Narinder Sagoo, senior partner at Foster + Partners and one of the judges, said, “This drawing tells hundreds of stories over nine years in which architecture, cities and people’s lives change. It captures the energy of a project. You can feel the speed of the city and hear the noise. It’s a modern-day Archigram drawing but also a step into the future.”

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Li Han, The Samsara of Building No.42 on Dirty Street, 2017 (1)
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Li Han, The Samsara of Building No.42 on Dirty Street, 2017 (2)
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Li Han, The Samsara of Building No.42 on Dirty Street, 2017 (3)
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The Samsara of Building No. 42 on Dirty Street - Li Han

Lukas Göbl, principal of Austrian practice Göbl Architektur, won the hybrid category with his piece City of Beautiful Bodies. The work is part of an ongoing drawing project dedicated to the idea of utopia and its role in today’s society.

Judge Farshid Moussavi, founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture, commented on the piece, saying, “The power of intuition is here. It’s an example of hand drawing not as a final product but as a successful design and thinking tool. It’s about drawing as process not outcome.”

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City of Beautiful Bodies - Lukas Göbl

Carlijn Kingma, an architecturally trained researcher and artist, and founder of Studio Carlijn Kingma in the Netherlands, won the hand-drawn category for her piece The Babylonian Tower of Modernity. The drawing recasts the story of the Tower of Babel in the light of the modern ‘religion’ of capitalism. It addresses the idea that social media and digital communication tools are leading to an ever-more polarised society and public sphere, at odds with the technological dream of progress.

Make founder and prize judge Ken Shuttleworth called it “an incredible drawing technically, with skilled projection of detail, shading and depth. The way it takes you through spaces is phenomenal. You can look at it for days.”

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The Babylonian Tower of Modernity - Carlijn Kingma

All three winners will attend the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam in November, where they will present their work on the Festival Hall stage and be awarded their certificates at a special reception. Li Han will be presented with the main trophy at the Gala Dinner.

The Architecture Drawing Prize is a collaboration between Make, the World Architecture Festival and Sir John Soane’s Museum, designed to celebrate the art, skill and importance of drawing in architecture.

View the shortlisted entrants on The Architecture Drawing Prize website or in an exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum until 18 November.

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