2015 SMART·withus Co-working Space Competition Awards Announced

 AIM recently announced the winners for 2015 competition with the topic, SMART·withus Co-working Space. 

Check out the winning entries below.
SMART•withus Co-working Space Infinity Design Award
Zhengmeng Dong/Chen Xin
SMART•withus Co-working Space Beijing Station Design Award
Santiago Muros Cortés
SMART•withus Co-working Space Shanghai Station Design Award
Zewei Zeng/Cong Li/Yu Su/Zhiqi Lin/Fangchen Lin/Zhixiong Chen
SMART•withus Co-working Space Station Design Award
Zhibin Zeng/Bei Chen

Vote for 2015 AIM Co-working Space Design Competition


 For the next week, this competition will step to juries review stage.

At the same time, we will set up a vote section on website for a month.
Welcome all people vote for their favorite works.
Votes by the public and the jury reviews are the two factors which will decide the final awards jointly. 
Vote website:
Vote time (Beijing time): From August 28th, 00:00am to September 27th, 23:59pm.
Tips: Voting system is valid on both English and Chinese website, and will combine the final number of votes together.


 The village in which the project is located is adjacent to Changtai Mayangxi Scenic Spot, Fujian, China,

surrounded by forest land. The landform is mainly characterized by sloping fields, with good overlying vegetation.

The project land is bordered by the Tourism Avenue in the west, and by the urban planned road in the south.


This contest intends to create a vigor driving center for this area.

There will be six proposed design projects, with the site centering on the valley.

The south and north sides are cut off by the planned road.

A theme inn and a forest kindergarten are planned at the north side.

To the south there will be an artist workshop village centering on the culture pavilion.

A series of buildings will be constructed along the valley and near the mountain,

extending to the south to link to the original symbiotic villages.

Houses in the bamboo grove are used for lodges, study rooms, workshops and fairyland.

They will carry children’s laughter, tell the wishes of the nature, blend in the water and mountain,

and generate a unique rural maker settlement together with the nature.


Designers are kindly requested to take the respect to the nature into full account.

We advocate symbiotic buildings and the height is not more than 2 floors. In the specific construction,

we wish to reserve more characteristics of the site, respect the veins of the site,

and apply more natural elements and materials. 


We wish the participating design teams to apply the idea of nature and

symbiosis to create excellent products with bamboo element,

while considering actual operation through crossover cooperation with makers,

so as to make the final rural maker settlement an example of village model that can be operated,

with greater emphasis on contents than on form, and allowing industrial innovation. 




Please select at least three proposed projects below to design according to the village planning.

Proposed project 1: Bamboo Brook Culture Pavilion

Necessary functions: Rural makers’ art exhibition hall, rural culture exhibition hall, and small conference room

Additional information: Mainly for exhibition of rural culture, also used as an art exhibition hall,

containing rural maker alliance, village alliance, and crowd funding alliance, etc.

The culture pavilion provides regular exhibition of works by contemporary well-known artists,

accompanied by each marketing activity.

Contemporary artists will also be invited to have a holiday experience, and create a fashion communication site.


 Proposed project 2: Artist Workshop Village

Necessary functions: Theme exhibition areas to be provided for craft, story, life, technology,

fully showcasing the connotation and application of bamboo,

together with a commodity marketing and experience center.

Additional information: Large-sized bamboo buildings to be used as the exhibition space and internal decoration,

modern means such as static exhibition, dynamic experience and multimedia to be used to present an audio,

visual and playing feast,exhibition of bamboo-related intangible cultural heritage,

onsite exhibition of traditional handicrafts such as bamboo weaving, bamboo carving,

bamboo paper cutting, bamboo umbrella,

bamboo fan and bamboo curtain, DIY bamboo handiworks, bamboo-made IPAD case,

bamboo-made U disk, bamboo-made bicycle,

together with sales of products with our own LOGO.


Proposed project 3: Children’s Courtyard (Forest Kindergarten)

Necessary functions: Children’s restaurant, little theater for children, parent-child playroom,

handicraft classroom, children’s swimming pool, hotel rooms and lounge area, children’s library, and forest kindergarten

Additional information: The parent-child inn,

an experiencing consumption platform with children’s families as target customers,

consists of the children’s restaurant, little theater for children, parent-child playroom,

handicraft classroom, children’s swimming pool, inn reception area and lounge area, hotel rooms, etc.,

provides high-quality amusement experience and holiday services for children’s families,

and makes parents enjoy the time staying with their children.

The children’s library will be made into a “magical book house” where children will put down their ipads and

step into the palace of wisdom.

At the same time, “story telling” time will be provided for children who are 2-4 years old.

They will breathe in the nature, and listen to stories in the story.


 Proposed project 4: The Valley Library

Necessary functions: Book and coffee area, lecture hall, cultural creative store,

DIY room, dessert bar, swimming area, and inn rooms

Additional information: The library will be built with local materials and integrated with the nature,

highlighting the harmonious coexistence with the nature,and integrating with the natural environment in the valley.

It will not only provide free reading materials and space for tourists and villagers,

but also be used as a space for exchange between tourists and villagers.


Proposed project 5: Bridge Inn

Necessary functions: Bamboo Brook Valley Restaurant (outdoor family party), bridge book bar, bamboo brook café,

bridge art exhibition hall, small conference hall, coffee bar, landscape swimming pool, and inn rooms

Additional information: It’s the core supporting service center and central kitchen in the Bamboo Brook Valley area,

providing basic services for owners settling in the area, such as holiday services,

dining and food delivery, also providing picnic and party services for visitors on holiday.


Proposed project 6: Rural Makers’ Co-working Space

Necessary functions: Small conference room, open office space,

road show,independent office space,coffee area, recreation area, and fitness center, etc.

Additional information: As the community center where rural makers gather,

it provides required support for makers’ activities.


 Optional Projects

As required, the design team may add other creative functional buildings

that are helpful for rural makers’ settlement,

provided that they shall contribute to the industrial ecology, be environment friendly,

sustainable, and operationally possible.


Design Awards 【$23,000】

*  Not limited to a single category


Bamboo Architecture Design Award   $8,000

Scenic Village Planning Award   $5,000

Bamboo Structure Design Award   $5,000

 Innovative Operation Design Award   $5,000



*Listed in Alphabetical Order by Name





The Copyright of Submissions

 Please read the following before you submit your work:

Designer must promise that the work is original and has not been published in any newspaper, magazine,

on the Internet or other media.


· All the works submitted for selection will not be returned.

· All rights of submitted works - such as copyright, property right and

the right of use etc. - belong to AIM Competition Committee.

· Matters not mentioned in these regulations will be decided by the organizer.



 Q&A Results Posted


Q: Any qualification for participants?

A: No qualification requirement or age limit. All species from all universes are welcome to participate.


Q: Is team entry allowed? Limit on the number of team members?

A: Team entry is allowed. No limit on the size of the team.

But the amount of award is fixed for each winning entry. So optimize your own team size.


Q: Language requirement on the entry?

A: Chinese and English bilingual or English only.


Q: What is the deadline based on? Beijing time or U.S. Eastern time?

A: Beijing time. But we can make it EST if you REALLY want another 12 extra hours to work on it.


Q: Is there a cost to enter this competition?

A: There are no registration fees. Participation is free.


Q: Is this only student competition?

A: AIM competition opens to both students and Architects.


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