2016 Design Challenge | Redesign NYC Icon

Submission: February 01, 2016
Registration: February 01, 2016
Language: English
Location: NYC, United States
Prizes: One grand prize of $15,000
Type: Open


Metals in Construction magazine has launched a competition for architects, engineers, students, designers, and others from all over the world to submit their vision for recladding 200 Park Avenue, built a half-century ago as the world’s largest corporate structure, the Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building).
The mandate is to reimagine this New York City icon with a resource-conserving, eco-friendly enclosure—one that creates a highly efficient envelope with the lightness and transparency sought by today’s office workforce while preserving and enhancing the aesthetic of its heritage. Entrants may now register on the competition website, www.metalsinconstruction.org, and the deadline for final submission is February 1, 2016.


Submittals must address the recladding of all exterior wall components of 200 Park Avenue in New York City to reduce the building’s energy consumption. This is an ideas competition, so you are not required to produce exact working drawings, just evocative visualizations.

  • The design must demonstrate an understanding of sustainability as well as desirable daylighting and creature comforts for modern, Class A office space.
  • In addition to aesthetics, participants should take into consideration local climate, neighboring buildings, city requirements, efficiency of materials, new technologies, functionality, existing tenancies, and overall constructability.
  • In addition to conceptual visualizations, design teams must communicate the functionality of their approach to the envelope design by conducting standard analyses of energy performance. See the FAQ section for more guidance on this topic.


Registration and submission are handled completely through www.metalsinconstruction.org. The process is composed of three parts:

  • Entrant Info – Contact information of the individual or team submitting. This will not be shared with judges and is only for contact purposes.
  • Project Description – A series of descriptive points related to the design and process of the submission.
  • Visualization Components – Up to 10 pages to represent the proposal. This attachment should be one (1) multi-page PDF file (max. 10 pages) formatted at 11”x17” (ledger) and can include supporting backup data, calculations, and commentary to supplement
    the images. Do not link or embed objects.
  • All materials are due by February 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Once you register via this site, you or your teammates may log in and edit your competition entry as many times as you like until the deadline.


The entry fee for the competition is $100 per team or individual entrant; fee changes to $125 after November 15, 2015.


The Metals in Construction magazine 2016 Design Challenge is open to both students and professionals in the architecture and engineering disciplines. Employees of sponsors are not eligible. All entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules. Each proposal is expected to fulfill the design criteria outlined in the Design Brief.


One grand prize of $15,000 to be awarded at a half-day conference at The TimesCenter in New York City on February 26, 2016. Along with the winner, up to 15 honorable mentions will be chosen for exhibition at the conference. The winner and the top five finalists will also be published in Metals in Construction magazine and its digital platforms.

Go to the competition’s website