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.”
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.”
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.