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8th Annual Gingerbread House Design Competition+Exhibition

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Lord of the Rings designed by LDa Architecture & Interiors

*BSA Space will close at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 and will be closed on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

The gallery is open on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 10:00 am—6:00 pm.

Now in its eighth year, the Gingerbread Design Competition and Exhibition is a fun and tasty way to highlight the delicious talents of Boston landscape and architecture firms. This exhibition raises funds for community design programs while challenging designers to explore a sweet new medium.

This year’s theme is “World Monuments,” enabling participants to create Gingerbread structures inspired by their favorite monuments.

People who really love the delectable sculptures are also invited to vote with their dollars! Funds raised through the exhibition support community design initiatives of the Boston Society for Architecture. Tax-deductible donations of any size are welcome. All donations count.

On December 10, the BSA hosted an opening reception and awards ceremony for the exhibition. Guest judges awarded their favorite entries, as well as awarded the Golden Spatula and Golden Whisk to the designs that were most beloved by the public. The panel of guest judges comprised of: Matthew Dickey, Communications and Operations Manager, Boston Preservation Alliance Maura Kilpatrick, Executive Pastry Chef/Owner Sofra Bakery and Cafe Courtney Sharpe, Director of Cultural Planning, City of Boston.

The top winners are as follows:

Golden Whisk Award for most amount of money raised: Array Architects with Liberty and Christmas for All

Golden Spatula for most number of votes: Finegold Alexander with Gingerella’s Confectionary Castle

Golden Rolling Pin for judge’s choice: Prellwitz Chilinski Associates with God Save the Gumdrops

Honorable Mentions:

Most likely to be eaten by the judges/best smelling: Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture with The Pioneer Cabin Tree

Best Dragon: Lda Architecture and Interiors with Festivities in the Forbidden City

Best use of Raw Materials on a Raw building: OverUnder with Paul Rudolph's Government Service Building

Most likely to conclude with a disappointing ending: designLab Architects withThe Wall (Game of Thrones)

A list of all participating firms (in alphabetical order):

Array Architects, designLab Architects, Finegold Alexander, Form + Place, HLB Lighting Design, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, LDa Architecture & Interiors, OverUnder, Perkins Eastman, Phase Zero Design, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, P M Group, Slocum Hall Design Group, Studio 2112 Landscape Architecture, The Architectural Team

Exhibition related programming:

December 10: Awards reception
December 14: Family Design Day *FULL*

The Gingerbread Design Competition, a program of the BSA, was launched by the Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) in 2012.

To see highlights of past entries of this exhibition, view the Facebook Photo Gallery!


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