The competition’s theme this year is Timeless Beauty, which has seen responses ranging from pearls, to Bauhaus architecture, to a seemingly exploding dome.
Organised by Austrian furniture company Bene, the competition aims to draw on gingerbread’s Austrian festive traditions and see it re-imagined as a small-scale construction material.
‘We value the opportunity to work with many leading practices that use their creative talents and skills to transform places and spaces, and this is a chance to work on a smaller scale but in an equally imaginative manner’, says the company.
Though there are no specifications on the size, volume or surface area of the houses, each team was delivered two sheets of 55 x 70cm gingerbread from which to form their creations.
Only edible building materials can be used, and entrants are judged on how ‘innovative’, ‘exceptional’ and ‘aesthetic’ the designs are; and it seems the entrants have more than rise to the challenge.
We’re particularly impressed with the Damien Hirst-esque skull from BDP’s team, The Only Way is Irish. Perhaps a rather tongue-in-cheek appropriation of the Timeless Beauty theme, Skull is encrusted in hundreds of edible silver balls, with the grinning head just begging for one of those very original Hamlet re-enactments.
We’re also rather impressed with the entry form Edge Architecture and Design’s Happy Snaps team, the rigid Bauhaus lines making for an austere looking construction.
The shortlisted entrants will have to present either creative ideas at the award ceremony taking place this evening. For the venue, simply follow a trail of breadcrumbs.