Architecture competition "European Velo Stops" 3rd prize winner

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winner of the 3rd prize of our “European Velo Stops” competition - Malin Persson from Sweden!

Malin Persson from Sweden

MAP was founded 2013 and is currently based in Stockholm. It is a one woman company + Charlie the cat.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where company/ individuals have been involved?

MAP is working with all sorts of projects. Big scale, like larger store facilities and shopping centers, to smaller projects like private homes with a high level of detailing.

I prefer small projects with simple programs which are set in great landscape settings. Especially if it has to do with the mountains. MAP is currently involved in numerous projects for the Swedish Tourist Association. An organisation dedicated to creating access to the Swedish wilderness for the general public.

MAP has previously participated in several Swedish and international architectural competitions and has got three honourable mentions and one win so far.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architecture for me is to create space based on strong ideas where fantasy is given room within everyday life. A space where people feel good and want to be in, where they can be touched, inspired or just happy.

The role of the architect in Sweden has been diminished and with it the quality of space in general. It is less about the human scale, the proportions and the soul of the building, but rather about size, installations, ventilations, and cool facades etc. 

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Competitions are usually a great opportunity to develop new ideas, to dream big or small, and to develop yourself as an architect. It has always been important to me to participate. I treat myself with a competition praline once in a while. It makes me happy! It is a different way of thinking, like ”outside the box”. It is not just about to solve the task.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

I see it as education and a treat!

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