Blurring the lines between land and sea fascinates me. Combining land-based species and ocean-based species within the story was one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of the design. The competition gave me the opportunity to push my design ideas out. Every year, the brief from Wētā Workshop was open-ended and interesting. I’m super excited that all my efforts have paid off and I get to visit Korea.
We had the privilege to see some incredible design work from this year’s Incheon City Design Competition entrants, but ultimately it was the alien world conceptualised by this terrific young architecture student that captured our imaginations. Ziyi’s unearthly design evokes a wonderous sense of harmony between species, and his thoughtful consideration of alien influences on human settlers made a distinct impression. My heartfelt congratulations to our three winners, and sincere appreciation to all of the talented entrants.
In addition to a creative week in Korea, Ziyi will also take home a $300 USD collectible voucher from Wētā Workshop’s online store, with second runner-up, Michael Vaughan, receiving a $200 USD voucher. Ziyi and Andrew will fly to Incheon City in Seoul for the awards ceremony. In between sight-seeing, the pair have the opportunity to attend creative talks by Richard Taylor; Graeme Devine, Resident Wizard at Magic Leap, the Florida-based company creating the world’s first mixed reality technology; and Wētā Workshop crew members James Everett (Lead Game Designer) and Iona Brinch (Senior Designer).