The Virtual Museum of Architecture held its Spring Build-Off at the Builders Brewery Sandbox at Builders Resource (127, 131, 22). The theme was Homes of Feudal Japan. Colorful cherry blossoms and flying kites added a festive note to the competition. The first picture, taken by SL photographer Sanfroggy, shows an overview of the competition area.
This Build-Off was very different from past competitions. Djinn Dasmijn, Co-Director of the VMA, said, “This has been one of the Virtual Museum of Architecture's most unique build-offs yet. ... Builders had asked for something off the wall, different, non-Western. Well, how better to be non-Western than to go East.”
There were a total of 10 entries, five in the Pro category and five in the Novice. The number of entries was intentionally kept smaller for this event so that the builders could have more room and prims to use for the houses. Many of the homes featured traditional Japanese gardens, rice paper walls, bamboo, and beautiful murals. The photographs taken by Sansfroggy show the exterior of the First Place winning entries in each category. The winners Pro Category were 1st - Celestine Ghiardie (House 4); 2nd - Terra Tepper (House 2); and 3rd - Granelda Oh (House 1). The People's Choice Award also went to Granelda Oh. Also building in the Pro Division was Rottin Dean and Sandi Glas.
The winners in the Novice Category were 1st - Winter Nightfire; 2nd - Rage Quintessa; and 3rd - Vencat Boxen. The People's Choice Award went to Winter Nightfire. Bartimaeus Brandenburg and LunaEnigma also built in the Novice Category.
An Honored Sponsors Village was designed and built by Garvie Garzo. In addition to Builder’s Brewery, which donated the use of the sandbox and provided other assistance, the Build-Off was sponsored by XD – Gadgets, Creations for Parkinsons, Ashira's Aerie, [zED]ge-NeticS, MeadowWorks, Lucid Design, MrMultiWriter, Smiling Faces Entertainment, Look REAL w/Starla Farella, Top Jobs, DRUM, and Affection Island.
On Sunday, March 3, the Museum held an awards party, complete with entertainment. Twostep Spiritweaver, DRUM, Mr.Multi “Mic” Writer, and Ed Lowell performed. The viewing time was limited at Builders’ Brewery because the event was being held on their sandbox. However, Djinn Dasmijn hopes to find another location where the Homes of Feudal Japan will be able to stay longer to allow more SL residents to view them.