The overall winner of the third annual Architecture Drawing Prize is Anton Markus Pasing with his work entitled ‘City in a box: paradox memories’.
Working in the fields of experimental architecture, prototype design and fine arts, German architect Anton Markus Pasing has been awarded the prize for best digital drawing as well as being crowned the overall winner of The Architecture Drawing Prize. ‘City in a box: paradox memories’ represents an unknown city full of stories, closed in a large box. Until the box is opened, the city is in an ‘intermediate state’, it is both real and non-existent at the same time. The artist added: “I prefer the digital method for creating my work, because it allows me to achieve complex representations as well as being able to illustrate narrative aspects more clearly. I don’t aim to generate answers with my images, but to use them to ask questions or tell simple stories.”
Narinder Sagoo, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners and one of the judges of the prize commented that, “I thought the level of depth, the confidence in composition, the pure symmetry and strong perspective really emphasised the simplicity of the notion of the box. You want to look at the drawing for days on end.” Manuelle Gautrand, fellow judge and founder of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture added that the judges “were always searching for a bold mix between concept and emotion in a drawing. It is also important to balance digital and handmade with sensitivity, to give a sort of poetry to it. A drawing can really have the ability to take you on a beautiful and unexpected fictional trip.”
The prize, which will be awarded at the annual World Architecture Festival (WAF), held this year in Amsterdam, is curated by WAF, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Make Architects and sponsored by Hare. It embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally produced renderings, while recognising the enduring importance of hand drawing.
Gary Simmons, Chief Engineer at William Hare commented that “The Group are honoured to be sponsoring The Architecture Drawing Prize, celebrating the important art and skill of architectural drawing.”
This year The Architecture Drawing Prize saw a total of 126 entries representing 23 countries, showing the truly international nature of the prize. The majority of the entrants were architects (24%) and students (20%).
The judges chose winners across three categories: hand-drawing, hybrid and digital, with the overall winner chosen from the winners of the individual categories. The other two category winners are Jerome Xin Hao Ng, student at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London for ‘Metabolist of a Dementia Nation’ in the hybrid category and Anna Heringer of German architectural practice Studio Anna Heringer in the hand-drawn category for ‘Masterplan Rudrapur, Bangladesh’.