Ideas Competition: Offices of the Fundación Arquitectura Contemporánea and the San Pablo Block in Cordoba.

Sponsors: Fundación Arquitectura Contemporánea

Type: International ideas, 2-phase

Language: Spanish, English

Awards:  The Jury shall choose the competition winner from among the Phase II finalists. The Fundación Arquitectura Contemporánea shall commission the winning architect or team to draw up the basic design and execution project for the headquarters at the time when the Fundación decides to execute the project.

27 November 2009 – Submission of questions
11 December 2009 – Answers to questions
1 February 2010 – Submission deadline
26 February 2010 – Jury’s decision

Jury: The jury, which will act in both phases of the competition, shall be made up of the following members:

– Chairman; the Chairman of the Fundación Arquitectura Contemporánea.
– Three architects Trustees of the Fundación Arquitectura Contemporánea.
– Three architects of recognized prestige chosen by the Fundación.
– One architect of recognized prestige appointed by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Cordoba (Official Association of Architects, Cordoba).
– One architect chosen by the entrants.
– The Mayor of Cordoba
– The Director-General of Heritage of the Andalusian Regional Government.
– The Secretary of Culture of the Andalusian Regional Government.
– An expert of recognized prestige in Cultural Management.
– Secretary: the Competition secretary. The secretary shall have voice but no vote.

Design Challenge
: The Fundación Arquitectura Contemporánea is holding a Competition for Ideas for the construction of its future head offices on the site located at Calle Capitulares nºs 2 and 4 in the San Pablo block in Cordoba. The new building is envisaged as a public forum for interaction, debate, exhibitions and for the promotion of architecture. It will also constitute a public platform from which the cultural debate pertaining to Contemporary Architecture can be broadened and intensified, through the Fundación’s activities and their projection into public space.

This expansive quality of the proposal, which may have different states of use or activities, permanent or ephemeral, as the present and future needs of the Foundation, requires the response to the imperfections of the urban environment of the San Pablo block, where they are located other institutions related to culture, such as the Department of Culture of City Hall, the Chapter House and the Office of Culture of the Andalusian.  The definitive conversion of the interior of the Huerta into a public space actively accessible by citizens involves respecting its relationship with the archaeological remains on the site, integrating the Huerta as a key space in the centre of the city and addressing the transit routes accessing the different public cultural institutions located there, especially the Provincial Office of the Culture Department of the Andalusian Regional Government.

Submission Requirements:
Graphic documentation:
– A maximum of THREE DIN A1 FORMAT HORIZONTAL PANELS shall be submitted; strong, flat, light and rigid.
– DIN A3 format, which content shall coincide exactly with the information contained in the panels.
– A CD shall be submitted containing an editable PDF files with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi of each of the panels in their original size (A1) and in reduced size (A3) JPG files with a minimum resolution of 150 dpi.

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