Typhoon Class Submarine: Winners

19 sep 2014

Welcome the WINNERS of the Typhoon Class Submarine competition!

matterbetter editors and the international Jury were really inspired by incredible creativity of all participants and powerful messages that every project had. It was really hard to pick up the winners. All results will be transferred to partnering organizations for further analysis and feasibility studies. Below you will find the detailed list of the winners and Jury comments explaining why these project were selected.

typhoon class submarine winners

First Place – 3000 EUR + Certificate
878163 / Diego van der Laat + sanjosérevés / Costa Rica

Jury Comments
This solution is bold and treats the machine for what the machine is. I appreciate the political vs. eco statement and the call to action for which I hope this solution could deliver. The visulization was average but clear with it's intent. Additional studies on the anticipated re-flood vs. machines lifespan would be interesting to study as you are targeting 2050 as the end in this timeline. The team defined 'not' creating a museum or mausoleum - you really are, let's be honest...but I did appriciate the jab at the profession as a whole. – Tom Milavec.

Clever idea, communicated clearly and powerfully. It revolves around a current theme which gets too often under-considered. Overall, it touches upon environment, society, culture and economics and how all are intertwined with one another: when one fails and/or ignores to act, an avalanche of negative impacts on our surroundings is mobilized and the solution is often to be found among them all as a unity. Through an appropriate use of technology, this project unifies it all into one: the submarine is the functional mean to a solution which will positively encourage a vast area to perform at its best, providing a better place to its community. The submarine is re-used and it stimulates a pro-active discussion of adopting the same system, globally. Aesthetically speaking, the presentation is well done. Despite its colossal presence, the submarine is well situated and fits perfectly within an exploited landscape that has been transformed so radically and poorly. - Cristina C. Murphy

This proposal sets the purpose of design apart from being purely space related: emptying the submarine from other meanings and focusing on what it can offer to actively better the living condition of the needies is simply brilliant. Nowadays, design can and should engage with other fields, extending the applications of its principles to processes and policies. Yet, the outer 'cage' is weakening the coherence of the scheme. – Andrea Bertassi

A machine for in the water is use as water engine. A monument of an old world will be allocated for a new quality of life. – Theo Hauben

Description from team:
ARAL SEA -FLOODING FROM THE INSIDE OUT- THE RUSSIAN TYPHOON CLASS SUBMARINE WILL NOT BE SHOWCASED, it will be boxed, hidden, confined to solitude, moved away from the sea, destined to holdup inside the water that once surrounded its outer shell, pumping water from the Caspian Sea, drinking it, digesting, desalinating it on its insides, flooding back the Aral Sea.

THIS IS WHY: In 1960s soviets started diverting the rivers Amu Darya and the Syr Darya that fed the Aral Sea. By 1980 the water decreases so much it divided the Aral into the South and North seas. By 1998 the site was declared one of the 20th centuries worst ecological disasters. Predictions are made that the sea will disappear by 2015.

SO LETS FORGET ABOUT “ARCHITECTURE”, lets forget about turning war devices into museums, lets forget about mausoleums, lets forget about inhabiting spaces. We will not add, we will truly reuse. The submarine will now pump water via a pipeline from the Caspian Sea, redirecting it like a backwards river. Packed and boxed, it will travel no more, it will stay stranded in the middle of that which once was water, like  a dead whale, like a ship that now drowns sunken on air, flooding from the inside out, giving back.

typhoon class submarine winners

Second Place – 2000 EUR + Certificate
983673 / Hartmut Raendchen, Dimitri Sonnenberg, Susanne Priebs, Micha Joenke / Germany

Jury Comments
Absolutely stunning! A romantic idea communicated clearly, simply and through powerful graphics. The designer seems to be posing the right question to him/herself and proceeds into answering, effectively. IRRER IVAN communicates forcefully to the eye and to the heart and little words should be wasted when trying to give it a meaning. Instead, this project leads to intense intimate reflections about the humankind and its impact on both the context (physical impact) as well as the spirit (psychological impact). The use of the submarine is radical and essential to bring its audience to the same mental empathy... the sound of a bell in emptiness. - Cristina C. Murphy

The architecture of sound is an interesting idea. This is attempting to evoke a behavior and I think that is the right approach here. The visuals don't deliver anything. I did appriciate the added audio track added to the PDF, though the writing begs one to ask what additional visuals might develop. I thought the diagrams were basic in trying to convey what this experience could be. In a first round review the visuals are key, i think the elementary crayon approach might work in this case. Makes me wonder if this team is really practicing architecture...which isn't a bad thing. – Tom Milavec

Reading this projects description I was pleased and inspired by the line of thought and theoretical perception on relevant issues within the proposed subject matter. The depth of thought on architectural and artistic discourse is what distinguishes this project from all the others. In it one can find a real philosophic approach to the profession of an architect. An attempt to go deeper into the intellectual analysis of the professional goals, objectives and capabilities. Personally, I am convinced, that better initiatives start with comprehension, analysis and reflection on what precisely one is going to undertake. Today, many young professionals forget, that architecture, as the most prominent examples in history show, is one of the oldest and most complex sciences incorporating a whole range and variety of philosophical concepts. Submitted design, in my opinion, does not fully tribute to the scope of proposed intellectual subject. Nevertheless, I would really love to see a continuation and further design development of the material embodiment of semantic essence proposed by the team. – Daria Polozkova

The quality of the proposal resides in its deep speculation on nowadays status of things, and in the power of art to critically read its contemporary reality and inspire all of us to build a better future. The simple, straight forward concept has more to do with art than with architecture and design, and highlights some strong politically and socially relevant matters. – Andrea Bertassi


Description from team:
Nowadays architecture is considered a form of art or at least close to it. It is rather the topic of design and shape that bothers, then anything which could be hold responsible for the state of mind of an society - we witness this lack of self-recognition in the ongoing repetition of the motive „Architektur & Kunst“ – a blur between profession and passion - in the daily habits of the architectural world. Certainly architecture does not need a political claim to be considered sophisticated, though there are architectures which do more then just create a space or mass. Maybe it is not on us to rearrange the imposed positioning of the new breed of architects, but it is on us to stay focused and sharp towards the ongoing change of tendencies. Quoting this it is simply impossible to stay neutral when it comes to the transformation of an deadly war equipment which strongest arm is to spread fear with ist sheer existence, displaying the possibility to destroy whole countries. We as a multinational collective considers the try of transformation of a weapon, the plain reuse as an act of crudity! How could a deadly war weapon ever serve prosperity? Further more we feel a scary contemporary sub-tone due to the current conflict in the Ukraine. While in the cold war the Typhoon submarine acted as an deterrent in a battle for power between the Soviet Union and the USA we witness the descendants of this time striking a pose again to claim superiority. In this perfidious battle for territory and power the rising tensions between the opponents are tamed only by the horror of the possible consequences. The Typhoon submarine is the spawn of this ongoing history of intimidation and threatening.

How could a relict of nuclear armament ever meet the human needs?

In the light of this background we wanted to find an adequate fate for something which has been a symbol of fear and horror of an era and we do consider it a responsibility of ours to create something social-related. Apart from the sophisticated architectural solution creating an atmosphere and space with mass, we want to reflect on the objects history delivering relation to our current state of mind.

typhoon class submarine winners

Third Place – 1000 EUR + Certificate
138272 / Benjamin Lamason, Lauren Skogstad / Australia

Jury Comments
Science, tourism and the ocean life are logic ingredients for the former submarine. Researchers and other people can together explorer the marine ecosystem. The conservation program for coral reefs are important for food, coastal protection, building materials. The submarine is protecting the world on a total other way. – Theo Hauben

An idea to combine function elements like science, tourism and preservation of marine ecosystem has been present in quite a few submissions within the competition. What distinguishes the MOBI design from all the rest are clearly delineated elements and functionality, beautiful and balanced visual design and a targeted approach. The project looks clean and sophisticated making it a pleasure to look at. I also find that the proportions and positioning of different functional compartments have been divided very intelligently. – Daria Polozkova

Description from team:
MOBI - Marine Operating Biodiversity Institute. MOBI is a fully operational submarine equipped with innovative research facilities and high quality amenities for education and tourism stationed on the Great Barrier Reef. Globally coral reefs are under serious threat. Their decline has "alarming consequences for approximately 500 million people who depend on coral reefs for food, coastal protection, building materials, and income from tourism”. In Australia the Great Barrier Reef is icon of National Identity and is worth $AUS6.9 billion annually . The importance of this world heritage site highlights the necessity for MOBI. Conceptual framework. MOBI is inspired by the symbiotic relationship between coral and algae. Coral provides algae with shelter and compounds necessary for photosynthesis. In return, algae provide food and oxygen. Our design forms a mutually beneficial relationship between three systems: an extensive tourism industry, a vulnerable marine ecosystem and a concerned scientific community. Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef is holistically bound to the health and vibrancy of the marine life. Yet, the marine ecosystem is constantly under threat from human activities. With scientific assistance there is hope for coral reefs. Through restoration programs such as coral gardening combined with careful monitoring strategies, coral reefs can be restored. These scientific activities are made possible through the exposure and funding generated by the tourism industry. The success of the each system is highly beneficial to the others. MOBI: Structure and movability. The design retains aspects of the Typhoon’s existing structure in reference to its former life. It is important the submarine retains the ability to maneuver and submerge in the event of a tropical cyclone. In addition new pivoting propellers on the belly allows MOBI to navigate shallow waters with great precision. The design ensures scientists have space and privacy to conduct their research without disruption from daily visitors. Additionally there are cross over zones between science and tourism programs. These zones provide attractive and interactive forms of education for visitors. In replace of the nuclear missile silos, the aquarium walk is an immersive experience for tourists and testing ground for scientists. Each tank contains a varied spectrum of the reef. Under laboratory conditions scientists can observe the effects of precise environmental changes. MOBI has advanced research facilities for conducting fieldwork. The space station is a pressurised self-contained living and research quarters on MOBI. It allows scientists and select visitors to maintain saturated levels of nitrogen in their blood stream. As a result they can scuba dive and conduct research experiments continuously for weeks at a time without needing to decompress. As part of the restoration program artificial reef structures will be constructed used on the Biorock method . By using a small electric current a hard shell of calcium carbonate builds up on the structure. This allows replanted coral to achieve growth rates fives times faster than normal . The process of coral gardening is similar to plant propagation. Fragments of coral are harvested from healthy parts of the reef; they are then fixed onto beds in calm shallow waters where they continue to grow into larger coral structures. Scientists together with tourists can replant the developing corals on to the new artificial reef structures. MOBI will leave behind a reef in pristine condition and a flourishing marine tourism hotspot. Tourism operators with a vested stake in the ongoing health of the reef will take over the role of stewardship. To valuable an asset for marine conservation, MOBI will relocate to other reefs in decline as part of a continuous reef conservation program.

878163
van der Laat Diego ,
983673
Raendchen Hartmut , Joenke Micha, Priebs Susanne, Sonnenberg Dimitri
138272
Lamason Benjamin, Skogstad Lauren