International Housing Competition "Straw Bale Ecological House-Spain" 3rd prize winners
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winners of the 3rd prize of our “Straw Bale Ecological House” competition: Andreas Konstantinou & Irini Klidara from Cyprus!
Andreas Konstantinou graduated from the University of Cyprus in 2018, after completing the five-year course in architecture.
He currently lives in Nicosia, Cyprus, working in a local architecture firm.
Irini Klidara graduated from the University of Cyprus in 2018, after completing the five-year course in architecture.
She currently lives in Nicosia, Cyprus, working in a local architecture firm.
What does architecture mean to you and what is the challenge you have in terms of housing design?
In our point of view, the role of an architect is to coordinate the dynamic relationships between the building and the environment, to reflect the contemporary needs respecting the context and improving the quality of life of the users.
In every project, we deal with architectural form, the functionality, the empirical aesthetics of space and the relation with the surroundings.
Housing is very important for most people since they have a strong feeling of intimacy.
Therefore, every user has different requirements and needs that make every project a different challenge.
Why were you interested in participating in the Straw Bale Ecological House Contest?
We found very interesting the opportunity to design at this unique site using specific materials that need special treatment.
Moreover, the user and the program’s requirements were very clearly presented.
What advice would you give to architects who are thinking of participating or not in an international housing competiton?