Crested – Waterfront pavilion design challenge near river Arno

Submission: April 12, 2022
Registration: April 11, 2022
Language: English
Location: Florence, Italy
Prizes: USD 24,000
Type: Open


The architecture competition brief calls for a redesign of Terzo Giardino, to make it a flood-resistant waterfront public space along the banks of the river Arno.  The aim of the competition is to come up with unique design solutions to preserve and conserve the river Arno waterfront. Designing a waterfront development that would both fulfil the function of acting as a flood barrier as well as act as a non-disruptive addition to the public spaces of the city is the goal. The location is sensitive so the negative impact of design must be reduced while ensuring the comfort of users.

The nature of activity in the area must be oriented to serve the needs of the public. The built form must be able to connect with the people, through its form, layout or spaces. The relationship of the building with the context, both in physical and mental terms must be explored. The function can be retained or changed as per the participant.


Concept: The style and the spatial programming of the spaces need to be contextual and culturally appropriate making them blend with their surroundings.

Resilient: Reduce the negative impact of design on the environment, by improving building performance, reducing waste and ensuring comfort for occupants.

Landmark: The visual impact must be exemplary with standout features. The aesthetics and functionality must be balanced to create a mix of open, semi-open and closed spaces.

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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