World Sustainability Center Competition

Sponsor: Sustainability Centre Foundation

Type: open

Language: English

Registration: 100 EUR

Participation in this competition is open to architects, urban designers and landscape designers, either individually or in teams. The entrant (or chief designer) must be registered in the Architects Register in the Netherlands or with the equivalent professional register in his/her country of work.

1st Prize – 12,500 EUR
2nd Prize – 7,500 EUR
3rd Prize – 5,000 EUR
4th Prize – 2,500 EUR
5th Prize – 1,500 EUR

22 June 2009 – end of registration period
31 July 2009 – submission deadline
1-10 October 2009 – announcement of nominees
15-30 November 2009 – jury statement and prize-giving ceremony

Jury: To be announced

Design Challenge:
The ideas competition aims at generating ideas through design research that can contribute to the program, choice of location and the building for the World Sustainability Centre Afsluitdijk.

The competition organizer aims to create a public centre that focuses on sustainable development in the widest sense. It will serve individuals, companies and initiatives that seek to find solutions for the future of our food, our water and our energy supply. Competition entrants can choose a location for their proposal in the area between Zurich and Breezanddijk as indicated on the maps published on the website.

At the moment, the competition organizer assumes the following elements (not yet definitive) of the program for a visitor centre that can welcome 250,000 people a year:

– exhibition space, shop, restaurant, conference and workshop space, workspace for staff, storage and transport, other facilities
– terrace, cafe, playground facilities, car park
– a small-scale guest accommodation facility, at or near the centre (around 40 rooms).

Submission Requirements:
The submission must be in English and must consist of the following:
– Two digital posters in PDF on A1 vertical format (841 mm x 594 mm).
Poster 1 covers the relation between the Sustainability Centre and the surroundings.
Poster 2 explains the program and the building.
– A digital explanation of the submission that can be printed vertically on maximum 2 A4 pages (297mm x 210mm)

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