London-based Moxon Architects has narrowly missed out on winning two major international contests, this time in Taiwan
The AJ 40 Under 40 practice, which last year came runner-up in a pair of high-profile competitions in Morocco (see AJ 03.11.11), fell at the last hurdle with its entry to the Taipei Art Museum contest while also making the final few for the Taiwan Tower.
However director Ben Addy – who founded the company eight years ago – said the near misses had provided a boost to the firm.
‘The merit award for our Taipei Art Museum entry was a very timely piece of encouragement – we were weighing up whether to enter the Taiwan Tower competition and this nudged us into doing so,’ he told AJ.
‘It transpired that we only just missed being a finalist on the tower – one of the jury called us after the judging to explain we were in the last handful. This was also encouraging.’
He said the firm would continue to enter international design competitions.
‘So long as you keep your overhead manageable, we find entering design competitions of any size is good for the ongoing office dialogue and, if you can win the odd one or two, good for the development of the practice.’
The practice has recently visited Shanghai and Hong Kong as it maintains its interest in the Far East.
‘Part of the enjoyment of entering international competitions is the potential for travel that they bring,’ said Addy.
‘In recent years as a result of winning and being shortlisted on various projects we’ve also been to Morocco, Finland, Denmark, France and the US.’
Moxon’s designs defined the Taipei Art Museum as a constellation of rooms, each housing key components of the program. According to the practice, the constellation was arranged ‘outwardly as a unified and normative whole, but inwardly as a complex topography of fissure, niche, bulge, flexure and contortion.’
New Zealand architect Peter Boronski won the art museum competition, while Japanese practice Sou Fujimoto scooped the Taiwan Tower contest.
Peter Cook’s UK practice Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau (CRAB) also received an honourable mention for its Taiwan Tower entry.
hitectural Bureau received an honourable mention for its Taiwan Tower entry