Forum – A new breed of townhall design

Submission: November 30, 2021
Registration: November 29, 2021
Language: English
Location: Austria
Prizes: 24000$
Type: Open Competition


The challenge is to design a public town hall that will not only be a workplace for civilians, but also an interface between them and the citizens of the city. It should offer a platform for people to participate in political events. The transition from private to public access spaces can be aided by open spaces. The hall must be accessible to all the city inhabitants. The layout must segregate as well as integrate the public, as per the situation.

Aesthetics must represent the city and its people. Contextual aspects of the site must be taken into account, so it is an escape from the monotonous landscape of urbanity, but at the same time blend with surroundings in a unique way.

The aim of the design is to promote social interaction amongst citizens and the officials, providing a common ground. Transparency must be moderated to balance approachability with privacy and security. Multi-functional spaces can be designed to cater to public needs during events, festivals, or other interactive sessions.


Concept – The design must represent the city, its progress, and the ideals of its people in the contemporary age.
Layout – The segregation of spaces must be efficient to allow for easy navigation and access
Landmark – The form of the town hall must be a representation of the context, culture, and values, accessible to all its visitors. It must be a cultural icon in the city.
Balance – a balance between the private and public access spaces must be achieved for smooth functioning of the centre
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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