Berlin University Residences (BUR)

Submission: April 24, 2016
Registration: April 10, 2016
Language: English, Spanish
Location: Berlin, Germany
Prizes: 1st Prize: 2500€, 2nd Prize: 1000€, 3rd Prize: 500€
Type: Students & Young Architects


The multiple events suffered, set the Berlin to be doomed as the “not to be” city. Berlin does not have the museum beauty like other European capitals, but its people and its rich history make it a strong and vibrant city. The constant change is perhaps the only thing that remains stable in the German city.

Nowadays, the intense city of Berlin offers new possibilities to project a common future where tolerance, culture and young life are the protagonists in the German capital. That is why from ArchMedium we propose the development of new ways of living around this city. The aim is to redefine the collective modes and temporary residence, as well as the pieces that confirm and how they are grouped.

In the alternative district of Kreuzberg, we propose a complex of temporary residences for students, recent graduates, families and travelers. On one hand a university residence with the comforts and services necessary for their operation. Private spaces and collective spaces are combined to generate

a social complex. On the other hand, taking advantage of the common services of the residence; the competition also raises a number of rental housing for temporary use as a hostel for young travelers. The bar / restaurant and the hostel will be self- managed by the students of the residence.

How would you like to live?


The competition brings together different programs regarding the residency and temporary housing. ARCHmedium ́s team developed the program based on a series of surveys that participants of previous competitions helped us fill out. With these surveys we established the parts of the program and the uses that it would include.

Berlin university residences is called to be a meeting point between students, young graduates and tourists seeking a different experience in one of the most characteristic neighborhoods of Berlin. Different cells make up the private sector of the residence that complements the areas of collective use. The program has to resolve the threshold between public and private areas in order to provide the surroundings with new spaces for collective use.

The program contemplates different organizations regarding the typologies.

All of the typologies have a bathroom inside the dormitory with the exception of the small bedrooms of the 1A residences. For these users they will dispose of the 20 bathrooms of 10m2 each one stipulated.

The typologies should have the kitchen incorporated inside the bedroom or apartment which will be 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C. The rest of the users would use the 30 communal kitchens of 20m2 each one.



This category will accept architecture and related fields undergraduate students who can prove their student status on the day the competition launches with some official document (student ID or enrolment papers).

Graduate, masters, and PhD students who are currently enrolled in some official course can also participate, but only if they obtained their undergraduate degree less than 3 years ago.

The 3 year rule applies to graduate, masters and PhD students who are CURRENTLY ENROLLED only!

Young Architects

This category will accept young professional architects who graduated less than 10 years ago (according to their degree expedition date) can also join the competition and opt to win the “young gradautes” prize which will be awarded separately from the student prizes.

In both categories teams can be formed by just one member or up to six (6). Members of a team don’t necessarily have to be students at the same university or live in the same country.

It is not necessary that all members of a team are architecture specialists. Having a photographer, artist, philosopher, etc. on a team can help to see the project in a new way, thus enriching the final result. However, it is recommended that at least one member of the team has some experience in architecture.

The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it.

The Young Architects prize will be awarded separately from the student prizes. Students won’t opt to win this prize in the same way that young architects won’t opt to win student prizes. The projects submitted by these two groups will be judged separately.


The entry periods will be divided as follows:

Special Dec 17th – Feb 14th   –   60.50€*

Early Feb 15th – Mar 13th   –    90.75€*

Regular Mar 14th – April 10th   –   121€*

*Registration prices include VAT (value added tax).

The registration fee is per team, regardless of how many members are on the team.

If a team wants to submit more than one proposal to the competition they will have to register each proposal separately and pay an additional fee for each proposal they wish to submit.

For a project to be accepted the team must be properly registered to the competition. All registrations will be done through the ARCHmedium website (ARCHmedium.com), where you will be asked to choose between several payment options.

After completing the registration form each team will be assigned with a registration code. It’s important to keep this registration code in a safe place since it will allow your team to access the intranet were you’ll have access to your registration status, payment tools, and the upload form to submit your project as we will explain in further sections of this document.


All the necessary documentation to develop the project, such as pictures of the site, videos, AutoCad drawings, etc. will be available at the ARCHmedium website so that anyone can download them before or after joining the competition. They may access and download the materials as many times as they need to. No additional information or working material will be provided to teams after registering.

Participants are free to use all this material in the context of this competition. They are also allowed to create their own graphic documents or to find new ones from other sources.


Each team will submit only one din-A1 size (59,4, 84,1cm), landscape or portrait panel with their proposal.

This panel must be identified with the registration code of the team and the registration code ONLY; any panel including team names or personal names might be disqualified without refund.

Each team is responsible for choosing which information they include in their panel so that the jury may gain the clearest understanding of their project.

The representation technique is completely free (2D drawings, pictures of models, sketches, renders, collages, etc.). The jury will not only evaluate the quality of the project but also the clarity and quality of the presentation.

We do not recommend including large amounts of text on the panel. The project should be explanatory enough through the graphic material. However, certain notes might be acceptable. These notes must be written in English ONLY—any text written in a different language will not be taken into account and may lead to a team’s disqualification.


Submissions must be done through the ARCHmedium’s intranet only, before the date indicated on the competition calendar. You must log in with your username and password and follow the upload process. No submissions will be accepted by e-mail or any other medium. The submission page will be automatically closed after the submission date and time are reached, not allowing any modifications or aggregations after that, so please, try to upload your project 24 hours in advance so that you have time to solve any issues that might come up along the way (they always do!).

The panel must be no other size than Din-A1 and be in no other format than JPG. The maximum weight of the file is 12MB.

Go to the competition’s website

Date: January 11, 2016