art garden

Art Garden – A Sensory Experience Through an Art Institute

Submission: January 4, 2022
Registration: January 3, 2022
Language: English
Location: Chicago, United States
Prizes: 24000$
Type: Educational Building


The challenge is to design an outdoor art school that explores the intensity of architecture to direct experience through multi-sensory design interventions. The place will be an informal institute that will offer to learn to aspiring artists. It will be a meeting hub for artists across the city, for networking and exhibition of their works. The center must consist of open or semi-open spaces for conducting outdoor classes.

The ambiance of this center will be different from formal institutes and freedom to discover and learn at their own pace will be encouraged. Space should promote social, cognitive, and emotional development along with practical skills.

The aim of the design is to create a unique journey throughout the center for artists, audiences, and visitors. The senses of sight, sound, smell, and touch must be engaged in the design. Social spaces must be designed to support interaction among local artists and potential sponsors.

Design Objectives

Purpose: The center will be a landmark of a new approach to learning arts. The design must be inspired by local art, architecture, and culture.

Multi-functional: The center will accommodate various functions like learning, exhibition, and live events which will require flexible spaces for large crowds.

Balance: Privacy and interaction must be guided in the layout as per the nature of the activity. The balance between aesthetics and functionality, as well as open, semi-open, and closed learning spaces.

Harmony: The design must establish some harmony or connection with the surroundings while having outstanding features.

Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic, and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

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