Last night, seven of NYC's best design firms traded in their T-squares and drafting pencils for rolling pins and frosting at WATG's 2016 Great Architectural Bake-off competition. Hosted at Gallery 151 in Chelsea, the tasty tournament churned out some impressive feats of edible architecture, including a fondant-covered Sydney Opera House, a sugary version of Philip Johnson's Glass House and a sweet take on the late Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center. If you're wondering which one of these constructed confections was able to take the cake, read on for the winners.
Hospitality design firm WATG brought their popular Architectural Bake-off Competition to the Big Apple for the very first time this year, just in time for they city’s Archtober celebration of architecture and design. The contest challenged seven teams (WATG and Wimberly Interiors, Jeffrey Beers International, Bespoke Careers, Studios Architecture, MADE NYC, Grade New York, and Woods Bagot) to interpret their seven iconic buildings using cake, frosting, sugar and other edible materials. The mouthwatering entries were evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges (Michael Laiskonis, Creative Director of Institute of Culinary Education; Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director of AIANY; Stacy Shoemaker, Editor-in-Chief of Hospitality Design; and David Graver, Senior Editor of Cool Hunting) based on flavor, creativity and realism.
The monochromatic model even featured a miniature version of Zaha herself.
Congratz to the winners and don’t forget to flip through our gallery to see all of the delicious entries.