Result Announced: Architecture Illustration Competition


Posted on: April 9th, 2021

Result Announced: Architecture Illustration Competition


The result announced for Architecture illustration competition held by DesignClass

The challenge is simple, illustrate a piece of architecture or urbanism that inspires you and tells a story.

Winner 1

Xiao Zhang: (Wageningen University & Research, China)

I grew up in the cold north. My deepest memory about the cold night is the greenhouse with a shining glow, which gives me a sense of cozy. When I grew up, although I have been to many greenhouses, they are in different shapes, and they are built with different materials: steel, glass, or plastic…they are all different from the ones in my memory. I tried to draw what the greenhouse looks like in my memory. It doesn’t have to be in any actual place in the world. I just want to express my initial feelings about the greenhouse: attractive, shining, warm, and cozy.


Pengye Liu, Bowen Yan, & Wan Jiang: (Tiangong University, China)

The two plates are from the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Potala Palace in Lhasa. They are the palaces of China that have been handed down for thousands of years, and the treasures of Chinese civilization, And these two pictures are hand-painted illustrations that we went to the field to sketch from life. We strive to record the pride and emotion with pen. They are the treasures left behind by the Great China and the long history of thousands of years. They symbolize the peak of power and the holy land of religious worship. They are the spiritual sustenance of Chinese children. This is the reason why we choose them.

The magnificent red and yellow of the Forbidden City and the mysterious white of the Potala Palace occupy the central axis and the highest peak. Just like our growing heart, we always love our country and our nation. At the same time, we should constantly develop ourselves like the spirit expressed in paintings. The most important thing is to remember that we should always remember the great historical memories of our motherland and pass them on from generation to generation through artistic means!


Jan Ribbers:(Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany)

“It is not said that Kublai Khan believes everything that Marco Polo says when he describes the cities he visits on his broadcast trips, but the Tatar Emperor still listens to the young Venetian with greater curiosity and attention than any other messenger or spy.“

At a time when traveling has become very difficult, the desire to visit foreign countries, foreign cities and foreign people, is growing. One way of dealing with it is to figuratively imagine places that do not exist in order to make traveling without movement possible. A great example of this type of travel is the book „The Invisible Cities“ by Italo Calvino in which he describes 55 cities based on a dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, which, through their often diffuse and indirect descriptions, evoke very special, subjective images. Those Places can consist not only of shapes but also of smells, weather phenomena or love relationships.
In the following I have made three of the invisible cities visible, more to follow.


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