IDC - 4th edition - jury report


A loft is a large, undivided floor or part of a floor of, usually, an industrial building. It is essentially an urban typology. But how can we find a new take on this typology? How to design a functional space full of natural light, using highly energy-efficient technology in order to create unconventional loft concepts, where light and space play a major role? That was the question posed by FAKRO – a global roof window manufacturer in cooperation with A10 new European architecture - a European magazine about young architecture in Europe. Entrants were also asked to use at least 10 Fakro windows or other products in their designs.

The Jury was pleased to see so many entries with such a high standard of visualization, many of them concerning reuse or infill in existing urban fabric. Other projects set in rural or idyllic conditions were less compelling. Projects set in abstract or conceptual locations or contexts seemed to flounder as they lacked any reality to work with or against. The Jury was encouraged that even in a specific project about lofts and light, many architects had chosen to use the competition to discuss or address a wider urban, social or economic issue. All projects show a high concern with how windows can actually be used as a new architectural product, and how to create new space in the chosen contexts of the individual projects.

In terms of functionality: we did not disqualify projects that used roof windows as ‘hanging’ windows, which is technically impossible, as we decided that the project could be done with fixed windows instead without loosing the concept. Indeed the jury were excited by projects which took the Fakro windows and used them in provocative and innovative ways, pushing the products to its limits at times, offering perhaps new ideas for future window types.

The winners:



Ole Robin Storjohann (DE, working in DK)

Mateusz Mastalski (PL, working in DK)



Live between Buildings


Katarzyna Penar (PL, working in UK)

Wojciech Okrzesik (PL, working in UK)


3000€ Lock Loft


Piotr Skrzycki (PL)

Dawid Szczepański (PL)

2000€ Spacecraftsmen

We congratulate the winners and thank all participants without You the NEW VISION OF THE LOFT would not get such a great spectrum.

1st- 5000€

Ole Robin Storjohann - (DE working in DK) and Mateusz Mastalski (PL, working in DK)

Live between Buildings

The Jury appreciated the way the basic idea – creating small infill-dwellings inbetween existing buildings – has been worked out in extended research, thus providing models for various housing types in different cities. The plan can be realized entirely out of roof windows (with some technical adjustments) and offers an innovative idea for using empty spaces in urban fabric. The possibility of shapes is endless. The project was very beautifully drawn and communicated on a single sheet, the section describing both the architectural idea and the exciting occupation of the proposed building.


(click the image to see the project)

2nd- 3000€

Katarzyna Penar (PL, working in UK) and

Wojciech Okrzesik (PL, working in UK)

Lock Loft

This was a clever adaption of the historical typology of the bridge house (like Ponte Vecchio) as an add-on to an existing structure. The proposal is built on a derelict bridge near Krakow but could just as easily be realized on other bridges. The small housing type that LoftLock anticipates needs some further research on how to actually build it (and how to enter it comfortably), but could provide cheap (temporary?) housing in all sorts of situations and places. The drawings were soft and romantic but attempted a clear technical realization of the project. The jury admired the romantic narrative of the proposal.

(click the image to see the project)

3rd- 2000€

Piotr Skrzycki (PL) and

Dawid Szczepański (PL)


This adaption of a church into a ‘regular’ dwelling over time offers an intriguing vision of how to adapt churches to houses without losing its unique qualities and the same time adapting to the local context. Although the Jury was not entirely convinced that the project was credible, it was pleased to see the level of detail and the sensitivity of the architects towards light and space that churches have to offer. The interior renderings of the project were very accomplished, evoking intense, powerful interiors thatwere quite successful in communicating the possible tension of the project – establishing domestic life in a religious building.

(click the image to see the project)

Special mentions:



Daniël Luecke (DE) and

Christian Schunke (DE)

Over the top

This proposal offers a clear concept of how to intensify urban fabric. Although the idea to bridge a street isn’t new, the shape is intriguing and the level of detail regarding how to enter these houses is of high quality. The interior drawings and renderings were of a very high quality and the interior was full of light.

(click the image to see the project)

 Davide Roth (IT)

London Original Loft

Instead of standard use of windows to turn railtracks into liveable or workable spaces (vertical windows), this idea shows that there are more possibilities offering new ways of daylight entering the building.



(click the image to see the project)


Marcin Giemza (PL) and

Monika Ryszka (PL)



This vision pleased the Jury because of the spirit of the drawings and it’s open attitude. Building a bit upon Kurokawa’s capsullary society it offers several ways of combining the units and over all, an idea that far surpasses the idea of a roof window as such.







(click the image to see the project)

 Adam Tate (USA)

Reel to Real

Technically this is an interesting idea that could offer a new range of roof windows and new qualities that come with it. It remains a bit unclear however how such a system could actually work and the extent to which the windows would actually move in the tilted façade.

(click the image to see the project)

Ewa Mikołajczak and

Rafał Oleksik (PL)

Garden Loft

Of the many entries dealing with social housing blocks this one stands out because it offers a possibility that can be realized individually without compromising the initial idea, actually improves the building (even without the greenery) and does not have to very expensive.

(click the image to see the project)



Prize money will be wired within 30 days after announcement of the winners.


More about the competition, the selection procedure, criteria and the jury:

On June 25 a professional jury gathered in Nowa Sacz, Poland to view all entries.

The Jury consisted of:

Indira van ‘t Klooster (editor-in-chief A10 new European Architecture, Chair)

Emmett Scanlon (founder of CAST Architecture, Irish correspondent for A10, advisor to the Arts Council of Ireland, Lecturer at University College Dublin)

Sabina Sujew (Head of Exports Benelux at FAKRO)

FAKRO stated the following regarding the entries submitted:

  • must make use of at least 10 FAKRO roof windows chosen from the FAKRO product line
  • have to develop the most original and timeless concept


The jury has been looking for plans that fitted within this brief and has specified ‘original’ and ‘timeless’ as follows:

  • Innovation of product and research: ideas that push the product and offer exciting leads for further research
  • Functionality: ideas that reflect on the use of windows
  • Timeless: from utopian to practical, in any style
  • Sustainable: ideas that comment on today’s themes like vacancy, reuse etc
  • Original: ideas that provide a unique architectural vision


All plans were submitted with a number and a motto/title and therefore judged anonymously. The Jury gave careful consideration to all work in a series of rounds of review and all Jury members were satisfied that the shortlisted work and the three eventual prize winners was the best work submitted to the competition.