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Architectural Jelly Design Competition winners

The news you've all been waiting for: rather belatedly here images of the shortlisted entries for the Architectural Jelly Competition, which was won by Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu architects (see the winning design below).


Participants included Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Walter Chefitz (top image). Above: Jelly! by SMC Alsop


The competition was organised by Bompas & Parr, as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008, which ended yesterday. Above: the winning entry by Anna Liu (it's a jelly version of Fresh Flower, the mobile pavilion they designed for the festival - more details in our earlier story)


Entries were judged on innovation, aesthetics and “wobble factor”, with the best jelly moulds auctioned to raise money for Architects for Aid at the Architectural Jelly Banquet, held on 4 July. Above: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' jelly version of Barajas Airport.


Design material, photographs and the moulds for the ten shortlisted entries will be auctioned online to raise money for charity; see the Bompas and Parr website. Above: The Orangelly by Iain McCaig.


See our previous story for more information. Above: Eden Project Jelly by Grimshaw.

The following information is from Bompas and Parr:


Anna Liu beats Lord Foster and Will Alsop to scoop the title Ultimate Jelly Architect.

Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu has been crowned “Ultimate Jelly Architect” beating over 100 entries in the Architectural Jelly Design Competition curated by Bompas & Parr. The shortlisted entries were exhibited at the Architectural Jelly Banquet in University College London’s (UCL) Quad before the winner was announced by Maxwell Hutchinson and Heston Blumenthal.


Above: Wheatgrass and Lime Jelly by Atkins

The competition attracted designs from the world’s leading architects including Lord Foster, Will Alsop and Rogers StirkHarbour + Partners. The design material, photographs and moulds of the ten shortlisted entries will be auctioned online to raise money for Article 25, a charity dedicated to building better shelter and housing in developing countries and the official charity for the London Festival of Architecture.


Above: Russia a Delicious History by Austin + Mergold.

Anna Liu’s winning design, Fresh Flower Jelly is based on Tonkin Liu’s moveable pavilion designed with Corus for the London Festival of Architecture. The pavilion itself will be used to host events across four areas in London between 20th June and 20th July 2008. The design was judged on innovation, aesthetics and “wobble-factor” by a panel of experts including Sarah Gaventa, Director of CABE Space; Marcus Fairs, Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen and Peter Murray, the Director of the LFA


Above: Jellyland by Chrysostomos Tsimourdagkas

Other shortlisted designs were inspired by existing buildings, such as Grimshaw’s Eden Project and Rogers’s Barajas Airport while others are entirely new proposals. Some - like Austin & Mergold’s entry, which examines a “delicious history” of Russia - are more abstract, while other architects poke fun at their own designs. Lord Foster’s entry represents the notorious (and unintentionally) wobbly Millennium Bridge designed by the practice in 2000


Above: Wobbly Bridge by Foster + Partners.

At the Architectural Jelly Banquet the Fresh Flower Jelly was displayed alongside over 100 individually lit jellies in a surreal quivering display accompanied by multi-sensory stimulation. This included a soundtrack by Douglas Murphy made from the noise of wobbling jellies, the delicious aroma of strawberries, a troupe of dancers with massive spoons and jelly wrestling.

Harry Parr of Bompas & Parr and a final year student at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, says: “Anna Liu’s design is the optimum height to base ratio for wobble. It cleared the field in the “wobble factor” category and impressed the judges by relating form to flavour. Hopefully it will raise lots of money for Article 25 in the online auction.