Architectural AntiCafé Student Competition

Submission: May 10, 2016
Registration: May 10, 2016
Language: English, Russian
Location: Moscow, Russia
Prizes: N/A
Type: Architecture Students


The architecture student dormitory is looking to build a new gathering point for students and architecture enthusiasts on the ground floor of their building at ul. Ordzhonikidze, 13/2 in Moscow.
For this purpose, we are inviting all students from architecture and interior schools to participate in a competition on finding new ways how to create a hip space for both young and old.

The student dormitory is located in the south western part of Moscow, not to far away from the Moscow architect university (MARCHI) and only a stone’s throw away from the centre. In its immediate surroundings we can find the Donskoy Monastery a major monastery in Moscow, founded in 1591 in commemoration of Moscow’s deliverance from an imminent threat of KhanKazy-Girey’s invasion. Commanding a highway to the Crimea, the monastery was intended to defend southern approaches to the Moscow Kremlin. Another highlight is the Boulevard of Architects that is currently being build and the Neskuchny Garden, the oldest park in Moscow. With an area of 40.8 hectares and a former Emperor’s residence.

The vision for the new café is to create a space where architecture students can hang out enjoy a drink and get something to eat at a buffet while spending some time with there friends. The idea is to have different areas for different activities. People should be able to relax, talk together, watch TV and play board or card games.

An inspiration could be the Zifferblatt in London or Manchester, but new approaches are highly welcome as well. One central question should be, what makes this café special for architects. This could range from decoration, to the transformation of the whole space and should include a gallery or area were student works and projects can be exhibited.

Due to the rules of the dormitory no alcoholic beverages can be consumed there and the overall orientation of foods and drinks will be towards a healthier life style. Next to the everyday business of the café it should also be possible to rent it out for special events an you are also welcome to come up with a name for your café that will aim at better grasping the conceptual idea behind your work.

In the documentation to this project, that is located at http://www.archmoscow.ru/_link_ , you will find a layout for the poster in the format A1, drawings of the ground floor and photos from the surrounding area and the room itself.

The deadline of the competition is the 10.05.2016.
To register for the competition please send an email with your name and university to competition@ms-f.pro, we will answer you as soon as possible with a participation number, that we ask you to include on the poster at the designated spot, as this is an anonymous competition.
To hand in your work please sent it to competition@ms-f.pro. We will aim to confirm that we have received your work within a day.

After the jury has taken its vote the works will be published on the site www.archmoscow.ru and the best works will be exhibited at the ArchMoscow biennale in Mai.

The jury will include: Shvidkovskiy (Chairman) – Rector of the Moscow Architectural Institute D.O., V. Bychkov (Deputy Chairman) – organiser of the exhibition “ARCH Moscow”, Maria Sonne-Frederiksen – architect, Sergey Ivantsov – Head of the Group of Companies “East Development”, Ruben Arakelyan – architect, Christian Lars Almark – architectural studio SHL, Denmark, Mariano Cavaleri – Cavaleri Partnership, Cambridge, Anna Flank – Editor ELITE Interior. The three best works will be awarded with diplomas and prizes.

I am curios to see what great ideas you will come up with and hope to see you at the award ceremony. Until then feel free to contact me with any questions at competition@ms-f.pro .

Go to the competition’s website

Date: April 8, 2016