November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018

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Run, run as fast as you can! Take a sweet and smart look at the science behind a favorite holiday pastime—gingerbread houses! Expert bakers and architects worked together to build towering sculptures to marvel at—and vote for! Who was the most creative? Which is a feat of tasty engineering? You decide! 

Meet the Teams

Ev-illusion

By Dangermond Keane Architecture and Sugar Street Bakery & Bistro

Designed by Dangermond Keane Architecture and Sugar Street Bakery and Bistro, Ev-illusion appears to be a simple vitrine of birds, but a more formidable ancestor is hiding in plain sight. Viewers can experience this anamorphic piece through a variety of angles, but there is only one sweet spot.

Once Upon an Elf

By ZGF Architects and Papa Haydn

A story that extends past the bounds of the page and becomes reality! ZGF Architects and Papa Haydn's design animates the movie ELF, where the candy cane forest transforms into Central Park, the sea of swirly twirly gum drops spills off the page — and the New York skyline folds off the book and becomes the city itself.

The Illusement Park

By LRS Architects and JaCiva's Bakery

LRS Architects and JaCiva's Bakery have constructed Portland’s own theme park of illusions, a place where nothing is what it seems and surprises await at every corner! Guests, look carefully! How many different illusions are waiting to be found?

Gingerbread City

By SRG Partnership and Nothing Bundt Cakes

Gingerbread men are moving to the city! No longer interested in building gingerbread houses, gingerbread men are taking to the skies, creating a skyscraper metropolis as imagined by SRG Partnership and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Keep Portland Meird

By Soderstrom Architects and Bon Appetit Management Company

A collaboration between Soderstrom Architects and Bon Appetit Management Company, this crazy creation celebrates the weirdness of Portland, mirrored!