Dive – A tourist center to discover the underwater city of Shi Cheng

Submission: January 4, 2022
Registration: January 3, 2022
Language: English
Location: Zhejiang, China
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open Competition


The challenge is to design a tourist centre on Qiandao Lake for the exploration of the submerged Shi Cheng City. The underwater city of Shi Cheng is often referred to as the ‘Atlantis of the East.’ Its ruins have managed to prevail gloriously for all these centuries so its potential as a wide-open tourist destination is to be explored. The aim of the tourist centre is to tell the story of the unseen, submerged city. Water construction techniques and materials are to be explored. The visitors centre must extend on the water to provide a clear view of the city for people not willing to go diving. The diving facility is an important feature.

The proposed design must in no way impact the ruins of the city below. The effect of the construction on the lake must be kept to a minimum. Interactive media can be employed to enhance the experience of tourist spots.

Design Objectives

Access: The centre must provide access to all users without inflicting damage on the environment.

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

Landmark: The visual impact must be exemplary with standout 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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