2018 MNPG Arch Competition

Submission: August 31, 2018
RegistrationAugust 31, 2018
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The 2016 MNPG Arch Competition was for the design of a tech port beacon and now, humanity is beginning to understand about the oceanic evolution that has been the hallmark of modern civilisation’s progression. It is with this placement, that to better connect, as people and with the architecture that surrounds, the 2018 MNPG Arch Competition is for a bridge, starting with the Great Barrier Island, New Zealand, with a movement towards the projection of that of the architect’s composition.

With the knowledge of the local education innovations and the tourism that reflects the area’s passion for growth, the non-ecliptic nature of such a construction would create a new passage for many diverse forms. MNPG invites students and international architects to enter in this idea competition, commencing March 1, 2018 and ending August 31, 2018.


For the previous MNPG Arch Competitions, the requirements were mostly of landlocked nature. For the 2018, it has been decided to allow a freer sense of design ability to flourish in a very creative and progressive section of the world. This is why an island bridge, connecting whichever functions the architect deems as being fruitful for the existing and future generations of improvement, was made as being the purposeful exponent for architectural entry. Uniting not just the educative and touristic benchmarks of the Great Barrier Island itself, but also the aspirations of other spaces to continue to learn about what really makes up the Island and the ecology that provided for the success of the environmental factors of progression. There are many islands in the region, and not too many bridges connecting them, so the MNPG Arch appeal is to promote both the possibility of the intersectional and also the limitations of such a connection, in spherical sense, where the notion of the island is that of the existential for the architect.


• Design an island bridge

• Total structure no longer than 100 kilometers in length

• Less then 25 sq. kilometers in relatable landscape space

• Mathematically natural, in organic form (i.e. oceanic)

• Utilising sustainable technologies

Requirements for structure: The total structure can be a dwelling for city and rural intersections, a transport communal, or other innovative abstractions of what it means to evolve alongside the wonder that are the waterways of the Hauraki Gulf. The magnitude of the formality should be in accordance with the harmony of the New Zealand and Maori people alike. Locally produced, natural resources for building materials is important, but this is not required. Must be economical and use local labor. Technological improvements can be from outside of New Zealand.

The island bridge: Attention to leading architecture, technology, ecology and oceanic evolution is of the most importance. The space that is manifested can serve for a myriad of fusing integrations.

Landscape: The landscape space of the island bridge, should be directly built upon it, as the water that makes up the ethos of the surrounding infrastructure, is the breath for the livability of life that it supports. The competing architect must decide how to use this space.


The competing entry submission should contain:

• 2 boards with the entry details including plans, sections, and perspectives.

• Participants should submit any and all information to highlight their competing entry.

• The aforementioned boards should be 24″(h) X 48″(w) in horizontal format. The resolution of the boards should be at least 150 dpi in rgb mode and saved as jpg files.

• The submitted files must be named after the last name of the entrant followed by the board number. For example: bimo-1.jpg and bimo-2.jpg.

• A document file containing the project statement (1500 words maximum). This file must be named after the last name of the entrant followed by the word “statement”. For example: bimo-statement.doc.

• A document file containing the entrants’ personal information, including name, profession, address, and email. This file must be named after the last name of the entrant followed by the word “info”. For example: bimo-info.doc.

• All the files must be placed in a zip folder named after the last name of the entrant. For example: bimo.zip
While not required, it is encouraged for entrants to submit a video “fly-through” of the design. The winner of the competition will be required to create this upon the awarding, if they have not already.

Go to the competition’s website

2018 MNPG Arch Competition