FILM CITY TOWER : Bollywood reimagined

Submission: February 15, 2016
Registration: February 14, 2016
Language: English
Location: Bollywood, India
Prizes: 1st Prize: INR 1,00,000/-, 2nd Prize: INR 60,000/-, 3rd Prize: INR 40,000/-
Type: Open


The aim of this competition is to design a ‘Film City Tower’ in Bombay and explore the possibility of a new vertical typology for a film city. The project resolves to put Bombay and Bollywood on the global map through a futuristic and contemporary landmark for the city.

Archasm invites architects, students, engineers, designers, artists and philosophers to send in their entries for our competition.
• Idea based competition
• Single stage competition
• Team of maximum three members
• No professional qualification necessary for eligibility
• Teams can be interdisciplinary
Mumbai, or erstwhile Bombay is the largest metropolis of India and an answer to the likes of Shanghai, London or New York. It is the financial capital and trade epicentre of the country, a city of lifestyles and narratives. The ‘Maximum City’ of Bombay is renowned all over the globe for the enormity and surrealism of BOLLYWOOD, which is the nickname given to the Hindi language Film Industry located in the city. The industry has come a long way and bloomed since its inception, to a multi-billion dollar industry, only second in capacity to its American cousin, Hollywood. Bollywood is a goliath in terms of revenue generation and employment, both direct and indirect, supporting a multitude of auxiliary industries like tourism, music, design and fashion. Bollywood’s film production centre is a government-owned studio facility known as ‘Film City’ in the northern suburbs of Mumbai. It is an integrated film studio complex with several recording rooms, gardens, lakes, theatres and grounds that serve as the venue of many Bollywood film shootings.
The participants are tasked with proposing a new holistic and integrated vision to inject a new sense of purpose in a Film City. The competition encourages participants to conceive and imagine additional innovative programming and integrate the functions of a film city with other auxiliary functions to increase the commercial, social and ethical viability of such facilities.
The setting up of film cities require an enormous footprint on land, which is a scarce and vital resource in the case of Bombay. The proposal for the land intensive function of a film city is to be compacted and transformed into a vertical tower that would generate an exemplary urban form. The functions of a film city need to be optimised into vertical units through nesting, layering, stacking or overlapping onto one another in a legible fashion.
The proposal should strive to create an iconic landmark representing Bollywood and its significant contribution to the cultural landscape of the subcontinent for over a hundred years. It should be styled according to the suitability of this enormous industry and transform the skyline of Bombay.
The design for the tower should explore the insertion of alternative energy methods, responsive and adaptive design techniques and self regulatory systems to strike an equilibrium between the input-output energy cycle.
The proposal should insert a variety of public functions in the tower that would greet the public with a panorama view of the city. The proposal should innovate and distribute the aspect of social and community spaces equally in a tower, which in most of the cases, is absent as the building rises up.
The participants are asked to design a new island for the Film City tower in the ‘Mahim Bay’, across the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, in Mumbai. The site island is located at a distance of approximately 100 metres off the BWSL promenade in the Mahim Bay waters, adjoining the Western Express highway. It is bounded by the Bandra Reclamation area to its north and west, Mahim and Worli to the far east and south respectively.


Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st November 2015
Early Registration ends: 15th January 2016
Standard Registration starts: 16th January 2016
Deadline for Questions: 31st January 2016
Standard Registration ends: 14th February 2016
Closing day for Submissions 15th February 2016
Announcement of Winners: 12th March 2016
Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm – 00:00 IST (India).


Winning participants will receive prizes totalling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:
First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate
Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate
Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate
10 Honourable mentions
Top 50 – Fifty short-listed entries featured in one single online publication on our blog and social media pages.
Winners and honourable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.


Your proposal must be presented on maximum two landscape oriented A1 sheets using any techniques of your own choice (sketches, diagrams, 3D visualizations, model photos, CAD drawings, etc.)
All text must be in English. You may use the material provided, but this is not a requirement. All delivered material must be marked with your team code, presented clearly in the top right-hand corner of BOTH your sheets. Your sheets must not include ANY information that may give away your identity. Do NOT include your name on your sheets, only the team number.
Format: A single folder named as your team code containing the following files must submitted via email to submission@archasm.in within the deadline of 15th February 2015:
High-resolution PDF containing both A1 sheets for your project.
Low-resolution illustration of your project. This file will be used for our web page and promotional purposes.
Subject of email: Subject of the email must be your team code.


• Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
• Team Code is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition.
• The official language of the competition is English.
• The registration fee is non-refundable.
• Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
• archasm as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.


Following information is available for download on www.archasm.in :– Full competition brief
– Site and context photographs – CAD and PDF site plan
All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after the registration. The brief and all associated documentation for this competition are for the sole purpose of an academic exercise and are not legitimate documents. The provided materials can be used or alternatives can be created or sourced at the participants discretion.

Early Registration:
From 1st November 2015 to 15th January 2016
• For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team)
• For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)
Standard Registration:
From 16th January to 14th February 2016
• For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
• For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)
Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website www.archasm.in
It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once validated.

Go to the competition’s website