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October 14, 2016
by Camila Schaulson Frenz
STUDIOS Architecture's winning cake: Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan.Credit: Griffon Lipson/
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MADE NYC's IKEA Red Hook.Credit: Griffon Lipson/
Sydney Opera House, baked by Woods BagotCredit: Griffon Lipson/
Jeffrey Beers International built one of the two versions of the Lincoln Center Opera House.Credit: Griffon Lipson/
The New Museum constructed by Wimberly Interiors.Credit: Griffon Lipson/
A creme brulee fountain anchors the popped rice rendition of Lincoln Center by Bespoke Careers.Credit: Griffon Lipson/
Stacey Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design; David Graver, Senior Editor, Cool Hunting; Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director, AIANY and Center for Architecture; and Michael Laiskonis, Creative Director, Institute of Culinary Education.Credit: Griffon Lipson/BFA.comMichael Laiskonis

On 10.11.16, WATG and Wimberly Interiors hosted seven architecture and design firms at Gallery 151 for the first annual Great Architectural Bake-Off New York, presented as part of Archtober. Firms showcased their design and baking abilities to create delectable replicas of renowned international architecture, using cake as their primary building material.

The contestants constructed iconic structures, including Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and SANAA’s New Museum, and another less iconic structure, IKEA Red Hook.

WATG and Wimberly Interiors convened a jury of design professionals and culinary experts to select a winning confection: David Graver, senior editor of Cool Hunting; Michael Laiskonis, creative director of the Institute of Culinary Education; Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, editor-in-chief of Hospitality Design (HD) magazine; and our own Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, executive director of AIANY and the Center for Architecture. The esteemed jury rated the decadent designs based on realistic representation, creative use of materials, and tastiest building.

Following two hours of pin rolling and icing, the contestants presented their final projects to the jury. After much deliberation, STUDIOS Architecture took the cake for its elegant, fondant rendition of Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan, complete with a mini-marzipan Zaha.  And Prosky announced an honorable mention for Grade New York’s sugar-spun Glass House.

Congratulations to all of the contestants! We look forward to more architecturally-inspired fun at the Center for Architecture’s Pumpkitecture! Pumpkin Carving Competition on 10.28.16.


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