​APPROACH

Mandaworks is committed to improving our buildings, public realms and cities through design solutions that are unexpected, imaginative and contextually sensitive. We place human experience at the centre of our work. Striving to create places that make people feel connected, stimulated and joyful.

Urban Optimists

At the core of our thinking is the firm belief that great urban environments make our lives better. The contemporary city is a dynamic place and we invest our time imagining how it can be improved.

Projects are Opportunities 

We are committed to the idea that every component of the city - big or small - contributes to the overall urban experience. Therefore we consider each and every project an important opportunity to give back to the building, street, neighbourhood, city or region.

Thinking in Scales

We fully embrace the challenges of modern city building in our work. We aim to provide holistic solutions that blend ecosystem, economy, technology, identity and community.

​METHOD

Mandaworks projects are driven by a flexible set of methods that guide us through the design process. We have three consistent cornerstones of our work: comprehensive analysis of a project site, a rigorous and thorough experimentation process and the development of clear conceptual narratives. 

The studio is proficient in a variety of design tools and utilises them to engage with projects on many scales - from comprehensive planning to urban furniture design. We seek to understand and consolidate the needs of a project on multiple scales, combining site specific spatial thinking, regional urban dynamics and an imaginative approach to the future of our cities.

We understand that great work comes from great partnerships. We endeavour to form forward thinking collaborations with our clients and partners by clearly and concretely communicating ideas early in the design process. We thrive in open and creative dialogues where our experienced project leaders can work together with clients and collaborators to formulate inspiring design directions and solutions.

Curiosity!

We begin with thorough research and analysis that seeks to reframe problems and reveal hidden or forgotten layers.

Experimentation!

We rigorously test multiple conceptual directions to maximise our ability to find and develop creative and effective solutions.

Narrative!

We think a big part of the design process is invisible, and sometimes the narrative is the design itself.

​SELECTED AWARDS

2019

Honorary Mention - I ♥ MY!

Invited International Urban Design Competition - Vaanta, Finland

2018

2nd Prize - Victory Square

Open international urban planning competition - Prague, Czech republic

Honorable Mention - Gardiner Green

Open architecture competition - Toronto, Canada

1st Prize - Hlemmur Square

Invited competition - Reykjavik, Iceland

2017

1st Prize - South China Design Capital

International design competition - Guangzhou, China

1st Prize - Where the World Meets Finland

Open international ideas competition - Vantaa, Finland

1st Prize - Hiedanranta Innovation Bay

Open international ideas competition - Tampere, Finland

2016

WAF Shortlist - Royal Neighbour

Future Masterplans - World Architecture Festival

2014

1st Prize - Royal Neighbour

Invited architecture competition - Stockholm

1st Prize - Inside/Outside Vaasa

Open architecture competition - Vaasa, Finland

1st Prize - Tracing Trencin

Open architecture competition - Trencin, Slovakia

3rd Prize - Framing Future

Invited architecture competition - Kaliningrad, Russia

Honorable Mention - North Port Park

Invited architecture competition - Busan, South Korea

2013

1st Prize - Down by the River

Open architecture competition - Floda, Sweden

3rd Prize - Resilient Mikkeli

Open architecture competition - Mikkeli, Finland

2012

Honorable Mention - The Adventure

Open architecture competition - Linköping, Sweden

2011

1st Prize - Cultural Axis

Invited architecture competition - Vänersborg, Sweden

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