Winners announced for 2016 Fentress Global Challenge

Fentress Architects is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Fentress Global Challenge, the fifth edition of its international student competition representing the firm’s commitment to the advancement of innovative design in public architecture. This year’s challenge was to envision “The Airport of the Future.” Exceeding 600 registrations, the award drew students from over 50 countries.

The three winning proposals reflect bold conceptual thinking, acute sensitivity to context, and skilled design. The first prize is valued at USD$15,000 and includes a four-week paid internship at Fentress Architects. Second place receives USD$3,000, third place USD$2,000, and the People’s Choice Award takes home USD$1,000.

“The Fentress Global Challenge is the possibility of imagination,” said Dave Gilmore, CEO of DesignIntelligence and jury member. “I was very impressed by the wide range of proposals sparked by the competition brief, from highly pragmatic to wildly conceptual,” commented Donald Albrecht, Curator at the Museum of the City of New York.

by Xingqiao Li, Fang Yu and Que Wang
Xi’An University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’An, China

Situated in Shanghai, the winning proposal points to a greener and more sustainable future for cities in China. With a sophisticated elevator system that interconnects underground takeoff runways, the design incorporates vast parklands and landscapes surrounding a sculptural terminal building.

by Anna Andronova
Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Kazan, Russia

Inspired by the Chinese dragon figure, a conceptual take on urban infrastructure defines this futuristic proposal for Hong Kong. The speculative vision combines technology with a ubiquitous transportation system that links natural habitats with existing trade, production and recreation hubs across the city.

3RD PLACE: CARAVANSERAI (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
by Rafat Jahandideh
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom

Traditional construction techniques, passive cooling strategies and an innovative use of materials blend together to inform this vernacular proposal for Dubai’s coastal, intermodal transit hub. Conceived as a modular system, the new terminal offers travelers generous interior gardens and courtyards.

People’s Choice Award: DESTINATION CDG
by Michel Ghostine and Christian Ghanem
Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Jounieh, Lebanon.

Green and inventive strategies for the adaptive reuse of existing infrastructure seek to make Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport more sustainable. With this proposal, CDG becomes a high-tech prototype for future airports by transforming its desolated spaces and channeling movement flows to and from the city.

Members of the Jury:

Dave Gilmore, DesignIntelligence
Donald Albrecht, Museum of the City of New York Curtis Fentress, Fentress Architects
Lukas Feireiss, Studio Lukas Feireiss
Andrew Vasey, Vasey Aviation Group
Agatha Kessler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Tobias Nolte, Certain Measures
Moderated by Andres F. Ramirez, PLANE—SITE