Architects are essentially artists or story tellers who revolutionize the building industry to make for society; architecture that is beyond functional beauty. Good architecture is an experience. But just as books, some of the best stories are woven through escapism. Detachment from reality tends to fabricate bold, beautiful and unrealistic architecture ( at least for present day! ).

1. Fairy Tales : When architecture tells a story

5 must-know fantasy Architecture competitions!

Although Blank Space’s fairy tales competition is open to all – engineers, illustrators or creatives in general – we have to highlight how it calls it self ‘the first architecture story telling competition’. Started by architect Matthew Hoffman and journalist Francesca Giuliana, it aims to encourage an engagement between displayed design and its audience. Using a series of 5 images to depict narrations that challenge imagination, communication and fundamental design process.

Currents for currents by Deo Alrashid Trevecedo Alam (Architect)
Pierre Michael Monjardin and Andrew Galano

2) Laka Competition

Started in 2015, LakaReacts is a competition organised by the Lake Foundation focusing on improving social scenarios via architecture and design. It asks contenders to cross interdisciplinary boundaries and deduce solutions for environmental or social conditions, that sometimes may be unpredictable, while keeping in mind safety of the design’s inhabitants.

The competition has had esteemed participants and jurors as Toyo Ito of Toyo Ito & associates, Qun Dang of MAD Architects as well as Kiesler Prize winner Yona Friedman.

3. The Home competition

5 must-know fantasy Architecture competitions!Home is not a place but a feeling, they say. But in today’s day and age when consumerism is the dominant religion and premium real estate is holy grail, if a unrestrictive brief which has no limitations on scale and shape to fit economic requisites is a gorgeous dream.

The home competition does just that!

Setting a designer free from the daily riff-raff clientele, whispering constantly about budget constraints, to create a place that can be deemed as home. Flexibility with respect to site, scale, family composition of the inhabitants as well as structural condition of the building is given, although, participants are asked to keep in mind what a home is – a place with unconditional affection amongst members, a sense of ownership, stability and privacy. In addition asking them to ensure clarity of how residents will interact with the design sitting in a specific context.

4. Unfuse moontrip

5 must-know fantasy Architecture competitions!With Elon Musk on the verge of commercialising space travel, the profession of architecture has already started gearing up for the future of urban regeneration away from planet Earth. Empathising with the current diligence of significant scientists, once again public interests are diverted towards space travel.

Unfuse launched moon trip as a competition drawn out for the similar purpose of inspiring young kids and educating them on the field of space exploration. The challenge posed by this competition is to design a space centre with kids as its primary user.  Although, there is no such ‘fantasy’ component to this competition, we thought it would be important to name this one as for one, the idea of space travel is fantasy itself for most of us! At least till Musk succeeds.

5. Ideas forward : 24h competition

A big chunk of architects end up being planners and since utopian societies serve as a muse to building architects and planners alike; ideas forward presents 24h competition. On its 31st edition, it announced its gloriously dramatic subject ‘babel’. Babel means a confused noise made by multiple voices but then there us also the tower of babel is a biblical city where God’s plan was to induce multiple languages into the cooperative, monolingual society of builders order to essentially ‘piss people off’ and simmer down the consequence of their ambition.

5 must-know fantasy Architecture competitions! 

Ideas forward has built its base through such countless (no, 31) such topics where mythology, escapism and predictions of the future build fantasy architecture.


Currently a student of Architecture at the University of Sydney, Shristi Sainani is an artist and a certified interior designer. She is an absolute enthusiast for learning – an avid traveller, reader of anything non-fiction, a lifter! Yes, she could be your typical gym bro or even you local potter. But her all time favourite job is the one she’s doing now, for RTF— writing about architecture!

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