Architecture has always inspired the imagination, and the act of designing a building tells a story. In a sense, architecture moves from fiction to non-fiction, as abstract sketches are translated into real concrete, brick, steel, and glass.
Recently, the online collective Blank Space — which believes “architecture can be more interesting, more fun and more social” — challenged designers to unite the ideas of architecture and fiction in “the first ever architecture storytelling competition”:
an open, international, ideas competition that challenges creatives from all professional realms to develop visionary, narrative-based design proposals. The competition is an extension of Blank Space’s mission to uncover the true power of architecture by creating new opportunities for design to engage the public.
Although the Fairy Tales competition is now closed, you can read the winners, honorable mentions, and other notable entries — all of which will be immortalized in the book Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story. However, as only 1,000 books will be created, you might want to pre-order your copy now.
Image: From “Oscar Upon a Time,” by Joseph Altshuler, Mari Altshuler, and Zachary Morrison.