Pascal Sievers: HM of the Cyclist House

+ Pascal Sievers 🇩🇪

Honourable Mention of the Cyclist House


1) Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Pascal Sievers, born on 15.07.1998 in Düsseldorf Germany.

Expressed a desire to become an architect as early as primary school and completed a student internship in an architecture firm during his time at school.

After graduating from school in summer 2017, he started his bachelor’s degree in architecture and completed it and the subsequent master’s degree at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences PBSA.

Parallel to his studies, he has already gained professional experience in an architectural office.

2) What inspired you for the Cyclist House?

With the conviction that bicycles have more of a place in an inner-city location than cars, I wanted to create a city that functions similarly to a car park for cars and makes the individual levels accessible via ramps. As a reference for such a project, I had the student residence with car park in Paris-Saclay by Bruther and Baukunst in mind.

3) Can you describe any particular challenges you faced during the design process and how
you overcame them?

I didn’t have any other hurdles in the creation process, but the submission format requires a reduction to the essentials or an exciting angle of the project. I found it hardest to let go of further details or explanatory perspectives and drawings, as I would have liked to show more of the overall concept.

4) How do you think your educational background or professional experiences influenced your winning design?

My studies and work have also sharpened my focus in my free time, so I believe that I can quickly recognise aesthetic value and, above all, the combination of function and aesthetics and adapt it to my own projects.

5) What advice would you give to students or young professionals looking to excel in architecture competitions?

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that it’s not always the work you put the most time, thought and heart and soul into that wins competitions. You have to be convinced of your own work and have fun developing the project. Gaining experience and skills is more valuable than winning an award in a competition anyway.

6) What are your future aspirations in the field of architecture?

Personally, I would like to continue gaining experience in the field of architecture. Both theoretical and practical in order to fulfil the dream of having my own office in the long term. However, I am of the opinion that this requires decades of experience in order to be able to make a well-founded contribution to architecture and to learn from the mistakes of traditional offices.

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