Maritime Architecture : New Frontiers Designs Break No New Ground

The Seasteading Institute has crowned the winners in its first Seasteading Architectural Design Contest. The Contest, which ran from February 1st to May 1st, invited participants to design the floating city of their dreams. The winning design was awarded a $1000 grand prize, and there were four additional $250 prizes for specific categories.

Seasteads are permanent, stationary structures specifically designed for long-term ocean living. Entrants into the contest were provided with a 3-D model of TSI's patent-pending base platform, on which they built creative architectural designs for a new society of ocean pioneers. The specifics of the design, aesthetics, and intended use were entirely up to each designer.

Entrants ranged from amateur 3D designers to professional architects and architecture students. 41 qualified designs were entered, including sports arenas, medical facilities, universities, hotels, and residences. The designs were judged by a panel of TSI staff, volunteers and board members.

The Winning Designs:

  • $1,000 Grand Prize: The Swimming City -- András Gyõrfi  (Runner Up: Seagull Hotel -- Matias Perez)
  • $250 Prize for Aesthetic Design: SESU Seastead -- Marko Järvela  (Runner Up: Entwined Dragon Seastead -- Patrick Kenny)
  • $250 Prize for Personality: Rendering Freedom -- Anthony Ling  (Runner Up:The Arch -- Rory O'Hagan)
  • $250 Prize for Best Picture: Oasis of The Sea -- Emerson Stepp (Runner Up: La Gallerie de la Mer -- Hakeem Bux)
  • $250 Prize for Community Choice: Refusion -- Team 3DA (Runner Up: Micro City Community -- Ettore Mele)

See complete illustrated results on this page:

Editor's Comment:

We found the winning entries "Disney like" and lacking in architectural substance (in particular the absence of reason in environmental context expression). The designs, as wonder-full as they are, suggest that the designers had never been to "site" - open sea - and that the competition judges know (or care) very little about architecture.

We declared this one the winner of the Flickr photostream;

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