Isolation Transformed Winner

1 - 3 December 2021, Lisbon


We are delighted to reveal the winning ideas of the Isolation Transformed Competition which took place in 2020.  World Architecture Festival and storytelling platform PechaKucha joined forces to launch a competition for designers thinking about future post-virus environments. The Covid-19 crisis has focused attention on the living and collective spaces we inhabit and use in our everyday life.

The competition was free-to-enter and open to all architects, designers and engineers. The best ideas will be exhibited at World Architecture Festival 2021 and all entries will be free to view on a dedicated WAF page on PechaKucha here.


‘Isolation transformed’
Deny Jones Architekt & Amat Habito

This project fully answers the challenge of the competition with a genuine transformation of isolation. It does so by imaginatively tackling a neglected and even unpromising topic for architecture: the huge rates deaths from Covid in care home round the world. Inspiration is taken from the relationship between boats and jetties; living units are prefabricated in timber to generous dimensions deriving from the logistics of transporting them to site. The presentation is elegant and beautifully drawn; and the proposal would make a great place to live with or without Covid. 

View the full presentation here.

Highly commended

‘Architectural Vaccine’
Pablo Cevallos Cisernos

An interesting approach to adding vertical green space to dense urban environments as an outlet for minimal dwelling units. Occupying roofscapes as public spaces is a clever illustration of adaptation of existing infrastructures that can be procured for the public good via the introduction of a modular system. It makes you wonder why our roofs aren’t seen as more valuable space; the project captures the huge opportunity to give space and access to nature.

View the full presentation here.

‘Quarter-mile suburbia’
Spencer Bauer

This proposal rethinks suburbia in light of Covid to create small neighbourhood clusters to enhance interaction and community connection. In the process it addresses a series of other issues, for example road traffic and parking, in a fresh way which creates useful new public space zones as well as the potential to combine private and public space in car-free zones.

View the full presentation here.


‘From Religion to Rehabilitation’
Akash Ganguly and Madhavi Sharma

A proposal unique in its specificity around a population and cultural event -- conveyed with evocative renderings -- that uses the pandemic as a catalyst for an architectural intervention to deliver lasting social transformation. 

View the full presentation here.

‘Shibuya Turning Crossing Point’
Keisuke Tamura and Silvia Rulli

This is a wonderful telling of an extraordinary story – the organic and irresistible growth of an urban transportation behemoth, one of the most densely packed places in the world, and its sudden emptying brought about by the Covid lockdown. There is no proposal here as such other than a fantastical vision, and afterword that returns to the start of the story, to project a possible other worldly future

View the full presentation here.


You can view all of the winning and shortlisted presentations on the dedicated PechaKucha page.


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