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Boka Artist Residence Architecture Contest – won by architect Tomohiro Hata, Kobe, Japan

13 Sep 2012

Boka Artist Residence Architecture Competition Winners

Boka Artist Residence Architecture Competition, Montenegro, Southeast Europe


Japanese architect Tomohiro Hata from Kobe is first prize winner of the international competition for the architectural and urban planning design of Boka Artist Residence, in the Bay of Kotor, Republic of Montenegro. Competition was organized by the architectural studio Sinestezia from Belgrade.

Out of 30 submitted entries from 17 countries, second place won architectural team from Ljubljana: Ziga Misjak, Vesna Lenart, Jana Petkovic, while the third place went to architectural team from Taiwan: Kuan-yi Ho, Kuan-chi Feng, Pei-Chi Chen, Shih Chun-ren.

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The winner Tomohiro Hata lives and works in Kobe, where he founded his architectural office. Among several awarded projects that he has realized, House Complex won the prestigiousWAN House of the Year Awards 2011th.

On the Coast of Montenegro in inspiring Mediterranean ambience, Boka Artist Residence is envisioned as a stimulating place for all forms of activities, which includes art, theory, architecture, design, literature, music, new media, cultural production, as well as science. Place that will encourage a dynamic intercultural exchange and interactions, cooperation and connecting Montenegro with the countries of the region, Europe and rest of the world.

In order to achieve this vision, competition requirements was to create spatial matrix with two basic program segments.

Namely, Boka Artist Residence facility with communal spaces, garden and pedestrian routes, which should assert project vision aimed to create space that will support vivid, dynamic atmosphere and openness, inspiring social interaction with variety of activities and collaborations.

On the other hand, small house units for accommodation in accordance, are planned to provide necessary autonomy for temporary isolation and full concentration of work for its visitors.

The winning work, “Stone Terrace” is an architectural urban ensemble which represent unique, but at the same time unobtrusive scenery.Relying on the use of stone, objects make an impression that they are natural feature of the site environment, despite their contemporary design.

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This result is achieved not only by using the stone, as the main material, but also with the strategy of following the contour lines of the terrain. Following their stream, author has created urban plan which deviates from orthogonal, and thus designing an organic and exciting whole, which relies on what is already there and quite natural.

Contour lines and a natural slope, were also used as a guide lines for the main building and small house units floor plans, as well as for pedestrian paths, achieving a diversity of objects, while the pedestrian route acquired a forest trail form, always unpredictable and interesting to walk around. The main facility, aimed for common activities is a complex layered composition. Its every part has a gallery with a unique view of the sea, and this scenery is also enabled from the swimming pool surrounded by vegetation and greenery.

The main building, forum and a swimming pool located in the center of the site, have been formed according to the contour lines of the terrain. Houses for individual accommodation, arranged organically, create an impression that they are a natural part of the environment. With a bay view , pedestrian rout and its natural flow connects the entire plot, but serves more than just a communication line, offering an additional element that contributes to the interaction, socializing and meeting of visitors.

Required program elements for the main facility of the residence has been accomplished by following layered slope of the terrain and in a such way avoiding the height of the building which would disturb the almost perfect fit to the environment. The entire complex, thus requires a minimum of building interventions.

Demanding guidelines for the small house units (total of 20) according to which all of them have to be with a different shape and form, in order to avoid a tourist resort type, has been also achieved by following the contour lines of the location. Using a variety of this geographic feature as foundation of floor plan for each house, excellent diversity is created, so that there is no single identical unit. Each cottage terrace also provide view of the bay, offering another inspiring setting for the art and friendship.

The results of the Competition and all submitted works can be viewed on the official competition web site:

The competition winners will be given the opportunity to stay in Berlin at the Artist Residence Glogau Air. In GlogauAIR artists from diverse social and geographical backgrounds find a place to develop their works in a dynamic environment of coexistence, exchange of ideas and internationalization. At the same time they get to know a new culture and landscape in Berlin, getting influences from de city, which has became a pioneer place for contemporary culture.

The International Jury was composed of:

1. Colin Fournier, professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; 2004. RIBA winner, for the Kunsthaus Graz project;

2. Paul Alezraa, director of the Lordculture consultancies which develops programs for cultural institutions globally (Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Centre Pompidou,Louvre…);

3. Slobodan Popović, architect, Director of Herceg Novi Development and Construction Agency;

4. Milica Lopičić, architect, Executive Board member of EXPEDITIO, Montenegro non-governmental organization with mission to encourage sustainable spatial development and enhancing urban and rural areas in Montenegro and SEE region through activity in the fields of sustainable architecture, cultural heritage and urban planning.

5. Ana Zatezalo Schenk, architect, founder of Sinestezia. Her work has been published and exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Beijing Architecture Biennale, MIPIM in Cannes. She was a jury member at Harvard School of Architecture, Columbia University and Pratt Institute.

6. Irene Pascual, Artist / Art Manager and Curator at glogauAIR Berlin.

7. Dubravka Sekulić, architect, teaching assistant at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. In 2004-2005 she was involved in running alternative cultural space in former printing factory BIGZ, in Belgrade.

Deputies of jury members:
• Ivana Nenković, architect, Belgrade
• Saša Klopanović, philosopher, Belgrade

Architectural Studio Sinestezia was founded by Ana Zatezalo Schenk in 2005, with headquarters in Paris and an office in Belgrade. With each project, Sinestezia is trying to affirm contemporary architectural expression, where form and design departs from the usual experience, the established and accepted scheme.

Since foundations, studio has realized different types of projects: residential, commercial and private houses, including participation in numerous competitions for urban projects in Serbia, Belgrade (Block 65, Block 19, Kalemegdan, Kalenić etc), Kraljevo, then in Russia, Moscow, in Greece, Athens, Thessaloniki, in Montenegro, Herceg Novi, as well as city fortifications in Banja Luka, Bosnia, then numerous projects in France, in Switzerland and in America.

Besides the above-mentioned projects, Sinestezia signed residential premises in Belgrade, London, Paris and Moscow, a villa in Switzerland and in Montenegro.

Numerous exhibitions and installations in which the studio took part, includes Venice Biennale Of Architecture 2006 within exhibition of Project Belgrade, EXHIBITION IN BERLIN as designers from Eastern Europe, First Architecture Bienale In Beijing 2004 as representative of Serbia and Montenegro, 21 Biennial Of Architecture In Istanbul 2005, SYN-ATHROSIS- 2009, In Athena, among the other.

In 2010, Studio Sinestezia was selected and ranked as a TOP 10 SERBIAN ARCHITECTS UNDER 40 by the international architectural organization and publisher of New Italian Blood, in cooperation with the Venice Biennale of Architecture and Autodesk.
Sasa Klopanovic


Boka Artist Residence Competition 2012

International Architecture Competition for Boka Artist Residence on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, launched by Sinestezia, an architecture studio based in Belgrade and Paris.

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On the Coast of Montenegro in a Mediterranean ambience inspiring for art, science and culture, Boka Artist Residence is conceived to provide an opportunity for people with similar interests from all over the world to meet and work in one place without any formal constraints, requests, demands or project proposals required in similar institutions.

The architecture competition site is on the Adriatic Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, close to two international airports: the International Airport Tivat, 17 km and Dubrovnik, 32 km from the site.

The spatial matrix of the design competition site should satisfy the project vision demands, namely small housing units, the Boka Artist Residence facility, garden, and pedestrian route.

Location: Kotor, Montenegro, Southeast Europe

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