ADD-ON ’13

ADD-ON ’13

Affordable Housing for Cape Cod

by William Morgan

Winning entry by CxMxD


The goal of the Add-on ’13 competition was to “seek design proposals for a freestanding, affordable, accessory dwelling unit on outer Cape Cod.” Specifically, the town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has a bylaw that allows a second living unit–and even up to three extra units–on the lot of an existing home. At the moment, the fishing and resort village has a dozen such accessory dwellings. But the nobler aim of the Add-on competition was to “consider the role of affordable housing” in a non-urban context and to “re-envision the relationship between architecture, infrastructure, resources and the land.” Despite the seeming modesty of the program–800 square-foot, single bedroom units, to cost less than $150,000, Add-on ’13 was a significant contest.



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Bristol Arena Competition

Sponsors: City of Bristol, RIBA

Type: International, open, invited, EOI

Up to 5 teams will be selected for Stage 2.

Fee: £50

Language: English

Budget: £90M


17 September 2014 –Deadline for Expressions of Interest (in digital format)

12 January 2015 – Stage 2 Submission deadline


Each team will receive £20,000 upon submission of

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National Parks Now

Sponsors: Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service (NPS)

Type: open, RfQ

Fee: None

Language: English

Eligibility: Multidisciplinary teams will be selected from an international open Request for Qualifications process. Teams are strongly encouraged to include expertise in fields such as architecture and landscape architecture, graphic and interactive design, exhibition and film production, history,

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Porsche Luxury High-rise In Frankfurt, Germany

Type: International, RfQ, Expression of Interest

Language: German

Eligibility: Six firms have been preselected. They are:

• 3XN, Copenhagen • Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna • MAD architects, Beijing • Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam • NEIL M. DENARI ARCHITECTS, Los Angeles • Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milan

An additional 14 firms will be selected on the

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New Appellate Court in Wroclaw, Poland

Type: open, RfQ

Fee: None

Language: Polish


18 September 2014 – Deadline for documents submission


1st Prize – Commission 2nd Prize – 30,000 zloty 3rd Prize – 20,000 zloty Hon Mention – 5,000 zloty


Interview: Mark Robbins – Port of Kinmen Competition Juror (2014)

with Stanley Collyer


COMPETITIONS: I’m not certain how familiar you were with previous competitions in Taiwan; but this one had much in common with previous ones, in that it was also international in format.


MARK ROBBINS: They are quite high profile for remarkably large-scale projects.


COMPETITIONS: This is similar to the others, and, like those, had two sessions. Were you able to take part in both of them?


MR: Yes. It was on Kinmen Island, which I had never been to. And it has an interesting history. First of all, the U.S. government has had to figure out the deaccessioning of the bases that were military. This is a large island that had been used for military purposes, for although it is part of Taiwan geographically, it is closer to the Chinese mainland and was shelled pretty relentlessly. But because it had been closed off to development during this period, it had a very natural environment—it has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any area in Taiwan.

So the redevelopment of this becomes quite important, because you have an island, which is now strategically located, interestingly not for military reasons, but commercial reasons. This is expected to make it valuable because of the robust commerce between a Mainland China that still finds they can get a greater variety of consumer goods in Taiwan. Rather than flying goods in, it will be by boat, which is slower, but less expensive. So it will become a vast duty free area. And that was part of the motivation for this competition—to make a more accessible gateway for trade to and from Mainland China.


Port of Kinmen winning entry


COMPETITIONS: Biodiversity caused by the lack of development during the Cold War brings to mind a similar situation in Germany on the demarcation line between East and West, where a large restricted strip on the eastern side of the border resulted in an untouched refuge for birds and various species.


MR: One seldom thinks of that. In Kinmen there are some of the best-preserved architectural artifacts, both from the Japanese colonial period and from earlier Chinese trading families. There are a series of buildings that have neoclassical detailing, but built around traditional courtyards in a Chinese format. These were families that wanted to display their wealth in the 1800s, through symbols displayed by western architecture. Because of the Cold War period and the lack of development, these were also preserved.

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Bristol Arena Design Competition

Sponsor: RIBA

Location: Bristol, UK

Type: Invited, 2-stage

Languages: English

Eligiblity: The multi-disciplinary design team can be led by a consultancy with suitable experience, which could include an engineering or architectural practice. Collaborative submissions are encouraged. A combination of arena experience and an understanding of the specific Architecture will be of significant importance.

Practising architects

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Moscow River Competition

Sponsor: Committee for Architecture of Moscow

Location: Moscow, Russia

Type: International, 2 stage

Languages: Russian, English

Eligiblity: The competition is open to all professionals in in the field of urban planning, architecture which can bring specialists in the field of transport infrastructure, cultural programming, economics, sociology and ecology in the team.

Awards: Each of the

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Veterans Plaza Design Competition, Edmonds WA

Sponsor: Edmonds Post 8870 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of America, the City of Edmonds, WA

Location: Edmonds, WA

Type: Open

Languages: English

Eligiblity: Entries are welcomed from individuals or groups.

Submission Deadline: 15 October 2014

Design Challenge:

The Plaza must stand as a tribute to the patriotic and courageous men and women

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Surfer’s Paradise Goes Cultural: The Gold Coast Precinct Competition

by Stanley Collyer

arm art scape
Winning entry by ARM Architecture

Are a Surfer’s Paradise and a significant emphasis on culture mutually compatible? Australia’s City of Gold Coast thinks so, as evidenced by its ambitious competition for a new cultural precinct. The site of the Cultural Precinct competition is the Evandale district, separated by a river and Chevron Island from the city’s premier attraction—Surfer’s Paradise. As indicated by the latter’s name, the city has gained a large share of its revenue as a tourist attraction. Outside of the inviting coastline, there is much to supplement the entertainment needs of tourists, including 40 golf courses and five theme parks. But as Australia’s fastest growing city—now at almost 600,000—the focus has now turned to the arts as a major asset.

The city already has a performing arts center and film theater on the site; but the new plan envisions adding a brand new art museum and amphitheater. All this will necessitate some major changes in the built fabric, including the removal of a present, outdated government administrative building—to be moved to an adjoining neighborhood location across the water to the west. The City Council Chambers will be retained at the present location, since the quality and footprint of this more recent structure indicate that it is not an obstacle to intended developmen.

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Present site conditions

To create a more attractive park environment, it is assumed that the large surface parking area, which covers almost half of the site, will be removed and accommodated below grade. Also, improved bus service and a new bridge to Chevron Island should facilitate more accessibility from the east and Surfer’s Paradise. Aside from the above challenges, competitors were to indicate that their projects can be built in phases and within budget.

The competition itself was organized in two stages, with Stage One held over a six-week period. It asked competitors to “present an exciting collaborative team demonstrating a high level of capability, as well as a concise yet compelling design response to The Brief, in both words and images.” Stage Two was held over a 12-week period through which up to three design teams were

commissioned for intensive exploration and presentation of ideas and possibilities for the cultural precinct. Stage Two asked that the competitors present designs “that represent a substantial cross-disciplinary design investment.” Competitors were expected to respond to Stage One with a full understanding of the overall competition ambition as outlined in the brief. Most importantly, the client stated, “Stage One Submitted Designs are expected to be only high-level and indicative, with depth and detailed definition to come in Stage Two.” The client also stated that the three Stage Two finalists would each receive AUD225,000 for their work.

The competition jurors were:

• Gordon Holden, Head of Architecture at Griffith University

• Tom Tate, Mayor of Gold Coast

• Michael Sorkin, author and editor of 15 books on architecture, Principal, Michael Sorkin Studio and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at The City College of New York.

• Geoffrey London, Victorian Government Architect

• Greg Forgan-Smith, Gold Coast architect

• Helen Armstrong, Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology

• Destry Piuia, General Manager of the Arts Centre Gold Coast

• John Kotzas, Chief Executive of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane.

After Stage One, which attracted over 70 submissions, the jury shortlisted three entries for Stage Two. They were:

CRAB Studio / Vogt Landscape / DBI; London/Zürich/Gold Coast

ARM Architecture / TOPOTEK1 Landscape Architecture / ARUP; Melbourne/Berlin/Global

NIKKEN SEKKEI / Earthscape / Mori Art Museum; Tokyo/Tokyo/Japan

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