Kol Wins International Architecture Competition

Work by Zuhal Kol.

Detail from Activating the Void by Zuhal Kol.

February 6, 2014

Zuhal Kol's (M.Arch. '13) project titled Activating the Void was awarded first place in M.ART 2013, an international competition organized by opengap.

M.ART 2013 entrants were challenged to redefine the concept of the traditional arts and crafts marketplace, and to propose spaces that promote direct contact between the artist/craftsman and the customer. The competition required "proposals for a contemporary vision of urban markets, relevant to a modern way of life, without losing the market's traditional, social, historical, and cultural essence."

Kol's project, originally created for Visiting Assistant Professor Iñaqui Carnicero's spring 2013 Madrid Re-Used option studio, proposes a reconstitution of the abandoned La Cebada market in a historical neighborhood in Madrid. Activating the Void features a steel truss structure positioned above the original six domes that constitute the roof of the market, and removal of the walls that create a barrier between the indoor and outdoor spaces. The result is a covered public plaza that can be reconfigured to accommodate multiple uses of the space.

"I always encourage my students to consider their studio projects as realistic commissions where not just beautiful models or drawings are developed, but also as a place to explore materiality and structural behavior," says Carnicero. "I'm so pleased that Zuhal's design was distinguished from many other students from different architecture programs all over the world."

Opengap is a global network of architects based in Spain that promotes opportunities and shares ideas among its membership.

Kol received a €2,000 prize.

By Rebecca Bowes

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