Architectural Competition for the New Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center at Tel Aviv University (Israel)

Submission: October 30, 2015
Registration: October 30, 2015
Language: English
Location: Tel Aviv,  Israel
Prizes: 50.000 US Dollars for each of the 6 Participants selected for the concept design development
Type: Open


The subject of the Competition is the architectural Concept for the new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center to be located at the Tel Aviv University Campus. The architectural Concept encompasses the general urban development, architectural, planning and spatial solution for the Project Site and the Facility.


The purpose of the Competition is to choose, based on a comparison of the Architectural Concepts submitted, the 3 (three) ranked Finalists and further select the Winner to be engaged for the preparation of the design documentation with respect to the Facility and the Project Site. 


The Competition is organised into two phases as an open call Competition with pre-selected qualified Applicants. During the pre-selection phase, the Jury will select 21 (twenty one) Applicants who will engage in competitive dialogue during the first phase. At the end of the first phase, 6 (six) Participants will be chosen to further develop architectural Concepts during the second phase. At the end of the second phase, the Jury will rank the three Finalists and eventually decide on a Winner after deliberation with each of them.


Participation is open to design bureaus and consortiums of companies comprising specialists in the fields of: architectural design, engineering systems and evaluation of design and construction costs. The Competition is global and no restrictions apply concerning the applicant’s country of origin. 


Each of 6 (six) Participants chosen after first Jury meeting will get an honorarium of 50,000.00 US Dollars (excluding VAT, if applicable). The said amount shall include, in particular, a compensation for the Participant’s financial and labour costs incurred due to preparing and presenting the Competition Proposal.


Exclusive rights to architectural Concepts belong to the Participants and are not automatically obtained by TAU as part of the Competition procedure. TAU receives the publication rights for the architectural Concepts.



The Tel Aviv University (“TAU”) intends to construct the new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center within the University’s main installations. This building will house an important center for science and research in the most prestigious university campus in Israel, but will also be a centerpiece of architecture and art, buildings and sculptures that accomplish and then transcend their practical purpose. Alumni and faculty aspire to great things within structures that are themselves a unique open-air museum of modern architecture and plastic arts spanning the past five decades. It’s an artistic ecosystem of buildings, landscaping, environmental design and sculptures. The new center is an enormous challenge because it has to both stand out and fit in to the balance between beauty and functionality of these revered university buildings. The location is next to a main campus access point and thus a focus of attention. The exterior that will proclaim continuity and modernity but needs to envelop installations that will reach out to the future.

The new building will host a major nanofabrication and characterization laboratory and 12 core research laboratories. Altogether about 120 engineers and researchers will use the building as their main hub.

The competition is open to all design bureaus and consortiums of companies comprising specialists in the fields of architecture, design, engineering systems, design and construction costs evaluation from all over the world.

The competition is organised in two phases with pre-selection of qualified applicants. At this pre-selection stage a short list of 21 architectural firms are chosen based on the ranking of received submissions. After conducting remote competitive dialogue with the Jury, the 6 designated participants will go on to submit a competition entry and their commercial proposal. From those participants the jury selects a maximum of three ranked finalists. The winner will be decided after a round of negotiations between these finalists and the University.

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