URBAN BLOCK COLLECTION Open call for pre qualification

Submission: April 24, 2018
RegistrationApril 24, 2018
Language: English
Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Prizes: up to 100.000 Euro
Type: Two stage restricted competition with pre qualification

 

Brusnika Developemts builds high quality affordable housing in various Russian cities with leading local and foreign architects. Recently, it developed a system of standardisation and customisation of urban blocks. The architecture (facades and detailed massing) of this collection of urban blocks is the design task of this competition. The participants are asked to demonstrate their approach on four elements of the collection: a small block, a large block, an urban villa and a tower.

SUBJECT

Competition subjectDesign of an architectural language for a collection of urban blocks
We developed a system of standardisation and customisation of urban blocks. This consists of a large number of block volumes that can be used depending on different contexts (the collection). The architecture (facades and detailed massing) of this collection is the design task of this competition. The architectural language is a toolbox with which all modifications of the building volumes can be designed. The participants are asked to demonstrate their approach on four elements of the collection: a small block, a large block, an urban villa and a tower.

The aim of the competitionSelection of 2-5 winners
The aim of the competition is to select 2-5 companies with which we will engage in a long-lasting cooperation for the application of the architectural language in concrete projects and locations.

 

The competition consists of the following stages

Pre qualification. Open Call
In an open call we ask architects to present us with their work in housing design showing (or showing the ability to develop) a particular and refined architectural language. 10 companies will be selected and asked to participate in stage 1. A Skype interview will be part of the selection procedure.

Deliverables:
In order to take part, you have to fill out the application form and send us a portfolio of maximum 24 pages A4 landscape. The booklet should be sent digitally in pdf format (max size 10 MB) together with the application form.
Instead of the portfolio you can send us one or more links to your website.
The jury will rate the candidates.
The candidates with the highest ratings will receive a draft contract for stage 1 and an elaborate brief. The client will conduct Skype interviews with the candidates, after which the final decision about participation is taken

Stage 1. Preliminary design
For the first stage the participants receive an elaborate brief, the building envelopes and the typical floor plans for the four elements to be worked out. They are asked to work out the facades and the massing – the latter in particular for the first and last floors of the blocks. Participants are asked to present their work in person in Moscow.

Deliverables:
An A3 booklet containing the elements of the architectural language and sketches for the 4 blocks to be worked out in stage 2. Remuneration for each of the 10 participants is 3000 Euro + travel costs.

Stage 2. Definite design
In stage two of the competition the architects selected will be asked to work out the design for the four elements, including a cost estimation based on the calculator provided by us. Finalists are asked to present their work in person in Moscow.

Deliverables:
Drawings of all four blocks 1:200, detailing, materials, cost calculation.
Remuneration for each of the participants is 15.000 Euro.

 

Jury
Ruurd Gietema, partner, KCAP Architects and Urbanists, Rotterdam
Elena Eremenko, director, Brusnika Design, Ekaterinburg
Timur Shabaev, partner, DROM Architects, Rotterdam
Bart Goldhoorn, chief architect, Brusnika Design, Amsterdam/Ekaterinburg

Go to the competition’s website

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