matterbetter_dev has initiated the Concordia Lighthouse Competition for architectural students and young professionals. Participants were asked to redefine a contemporary lighthouse typology and take into consideration advances in technology, development of sustainable systems and its metaphorical value which has made it one of the most inspiring structures in the world. Lighthouse design should become a tribute to the Costa Concordia Disaster and highlight the vulnerable borders between the elements of Land and Sea, Sky and Ground, Light and Darkness. Even today when global positioning systems diminish the role of the lighthouses, they still play and important role and are inalienable parts of the marine navigation tradition.
matterbetter_dev has received in total 282 submissions. International Jury Board, which consisted from Emmanuelle Moureaux, Eric Schuldenfrei, Cristina Cassandra Murphy and Daria Polozkova, has selected the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the Concordia Lighthouse Competition. Honorable Mention Award316582 / Yang Tsin / United States
Jury Comment:The proposal takes on a compelling approach and it totally disconnects to the traditional lighthouse. The representation is extremely stimulating and the 'flying object' is really nice in itself. The project is a clear message that communicates continuity through time and it is successful in materializing a memory which stand, tangible, above the sea, swinging with the wind. Yet, it lacks a concrete experience for its visitors. The keeper is the only human that can access the structure and enjoy the unstable setting: there is no room for collective participation and no implicit experience for others. - Cristina C. MurphyHonorable Mention Award406672 / Gary Nash / United KingdomJury Comment:A simple structure and form are always inspiring when positioned with taste. This lighthouse is slim and elegant in its posture. I love the way the traditional typology of a lighthouse is brought to its essence in a very contemporary way. A minimal gesture of light serving its function and a solid mark composed of basic structure. This proposal has a strong “no nonsense’ vibe to it, and I love it for that. It is all it has to be, nothing less and nothing more. It does not have many things all other designs have, and still it is able to do all those things that I came across in other proposals. Brilliant. - Daria PolozkovaHonorable Mention Award419433 / Liina Soosaar, Clément Godry, Melissa Mazzola, Enzo Nercolini / Estonia
Honorable Mention Award651504 / Jonathan Connerney, Matthew Kernan, Brettt Mahon / Ireland & United Kingdom
Jury Comment:A very unique approach which is, at the same time, very classical, mythological, and somehow literal. What would men do to commemorate men? Build a statue resembling a man of course! It is like there is this need to prolonging human existence by freezing the physical aspect of our being, our presence on this earth. Clearly, there is a critical reading of the competition brief and a skeptical response to it. The team neglects requirements and sets a loud precedent. Rather than a guardian alone, associated with the idea of looking into the future, this approach firmly declares the power of the human being that, if defeated, will stand up on his/her feet and quell the indomitable natural forces. - Cristina C. MurphyHonorable Mention Award695314 / Thomas Hopkins, Petr Esposito / United Kingdom
Jury Comment:Elegant and minimal presentation that, fundamentally covers the competition requirements, fully. The program is considered, the technological aspects presents interesting challenges and the sustainability discussion is the resulting balance between design, technology, use, and location. Although the minimal presentation could have been fed by a night view underlining the significance of the lighthouse and its purpose (if any), it is yet important to review this option in daylight and capture the dramatic feeling of its tectonics both from afar as well as from an internal experience. From the distance, the architecture emerges from the sea almost in the violent attempt to remove itself from the embracing water below. From within, this stretched gesture is almost audible: the 32 victims of Costa Concordia are struggling to escape the sinking cruise boat, seeking for air and light. It is not a pleasant awareness and the discomfort of this proposal is what, in my opinion, defines a memorial from any other architectural typology. - Cristina C. MurphyHonorable Mention Award854053 / Yin Tsu Lu / Taiwan
Jury Comment:It is a very simple and poetic expression of a memorial for the disaster, at the same time very clever idea of a new form of warning system. LED lights floating on the sea surface, self-powered from waves light up more or less depending on the depth, creating like a screen of light expressing the topography of the sea-bed. It would be a new efficient warning system as well as a beautiful lighting seascape. I very much like the title of the project "tears of wave", adding a poetic composition to the idea. - Emmanuelle MoureauxHonorable Mention Award987136 / Francesco Proto, Ben Cornell, Christopher Green / Italy & United Kingdom
I love the way this proposal combines direct scientific approach with personal poetic thinking. One can sense that the person (or a team) who’ve created this design had made a throughout effort to contemplate on the Concordia event, its geographic aspect and its physical and emotional nature. This well-balanced multidisciplinary approach resolves in a proposal that is a pleasure to investigate and discover.
Despite its dark visual nature, being one of the last on my valuation list, meaning I was running out of patience and focus, it succeeded in gaining my complete and close attention, consequently guided through its design narrative, inspired and uplifted my emotional state. The difficult and varied notions brought forward by this proposal managed to result in an architectural structure that is adventurous and yet coherent in its form. The lighthouse has become an intriguing landmark. The innovative contemporary approach of traditional typology is both respecting to its surroundings, the formal function and yet innovative in its visual character. I value the ideas on which the project resolves and can clearly see how these ideas have been given form. The proposal to use a scar the shipwreck obtained as an emblematic symbol manifesting in restless light caught within a sharp-cut and stable structure looks profound and accessible at the same time. I like the designs’ monumental and yet delicate nature. The lighthouse is a memorial, a guardian and a beautiful architectural sculpture simultaneously, one that uses light as its material and symbolic form in direct way. - Daria Polozkova
Interesting concept with a poetic expression. The idea of expressing "absence" as a luminous form of memorial is appealing. Voids are the principal component of the project, which create a totally new approach of the lighthouse usually built as a massive and solid architecture. Lightly visible on daytime, the memorial appears on night as a big sculpture of lights scattered three dimensionally, expressing the scar of the tragedy. - Emmanuelle Moureaux