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The London Internet Museum architecture competition posed participants with the intriguing task of combining a very physical monument with the abstract concept of the technology superhighway. The juxtaposition of these two concepts made for some fantastic and well-thought out projects, with the submissions varying dramatically. Our panel of judges showed a preference for projects that were not bound by precedents or assumptions, steering away from some of the more typical archetypes associated with contemporary technology, such as Apple-esque glass ultra-modern buildings.
The winning project by 404:NOT FOUND is as abstract and against the grain as an architectural idea could get. The project looks at architecture as an assemblage of crowd-sourced processes rather than the singular vision of a top-down designer. Architecture becomes an act of empowerment and an experiment for the participant, creating a platform and ethos of collaboration that legitimizes and enacts the desires of the user.
The second place winners, TRANSISTOR, took a different approach, almost critiquing the disposability of modern technology and its inherent ability to replace the old with the new, which itself quickly becomes old too. The scheme consists of a series of linear sky-lit corridors adjacent to programmed spaces punctuated by courtyards. Third place was awarded to a project distinguished by the clever association of the London Internet Museum as a digital monument. The concept involved a holographic representation aboveground, and the suppression of museum function below ground.
View the jury comments in full and download all the high resolution images of our winners by visiting the London Internet Museum architecture competition page.