Chyne New School International Competition

Sponsor: Centre for Central European Architecture

Type: International, one stage

Location: Chyne, Czech Republic

Languages: English, Czech

Eligiblity: citizens of the Czech Republic, or have a headquarters or place of business in a member state of the European Union or any other state that has a concluded international contract with the Czech Republic or the Euro- pean Union guaranteeing access for contractors from these states to design competitions.

1st prize – 300,000 CZK (approx 12,212 USD)
2nd prize – 150,000 CZK (approx 6,106 USD)
3rd prize – 75,000 CZK (approx 3,053 USD)
extra awards total – 75,000 CZK (approx 3,053 USD)
22 April 2015 – Registration Deadline
29 April – Submission Deadline

Design Challenge:

For the people of Chýně, the new primary school will also serve as a new educational, cultural, social and sport center. It is very important to underline its future part in the life of the local community. As a consequence, the aim of the competition is not only to find a proper economical and sustainable solution for the new school, but also to lay the groundwork for the new social center of Chýně.

The school is organized in the following stages, according to Czech educational practice: the preparatory class (age 5-6), 1st (age 6-11) and 2nd (age 11-15) stage. The teaching will be parallel (classes A and B for each year): the 1st stage will have 10 classrooms with a maximum of 330 pupils, the 2nd stage will have a capacity of 8 classrooms (some of which will also be specialized) and a maximum of 240 pupils. The swimming pool and ancillary services – referred to here as phase 2 – are also part of the competition subject.

The size and dimensions of the classroom and the children’s comfort, as well as the comfort of their teachers, are seen as an important element of the design. The 1st grade pupils spend many hours a day in a single classroom and so it is necessary to design the classrooms with proper parameters and space for relaxation. The quality of the space is not equivalent to its size, but to the creation of a space that is inspirational and pleasant to be in. A certain tension exists between the minimal required surface per pupil, the quality of the space and the investment and operational costs. We hope that the participant will answer this challenge with their quality designs.

The participants are supposed to think carefully about the ways and means of achieving interior environment comfort, e.g. how to tackle its overheating, how to work with the fact that in the morning the classes are used quite intensively, whereas in the evening there is no activity.

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