Submission: November 2, 2021
Registration: October 11, 2021
Language: Spanish / English
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Prizes: Please see details below
Piscina & Wellness Barcelona launches a challenge for future architects from all over the world: to imagine the design of a hypothetical aquatic centre, suitable for public bathing, in front of the Sagrada Familia in Plaza Gaudí in the Catalan capital. With this conceptual exercise, which does not contemplate its execution, the Fira de Barcelona trade show is organising the third edition of the International Competition for Architecture Students that recognizes young talent and reflects on new ways of understanding the relationship between human beings, architecture and the enjoyment of water, providing spaces for wellbeing, health and interaction for the community.
The competition proposes to the students the theoretical realisation of the project of an aquatic centre for public use in Plaza Gaudí in Barcelona, with the possibility of using all or part of the area delimited by Mallorca, Provenza, Marina and Lepanto streets. The project shall also include the design of the spaces necessary for the aquatic facility to be functional (accesses, interior routes, changing rooms, water area and other areas open to users or basic areas for management).
The jury – made up of architects and representatives of the pool and wellness sector, the Institut Municipal de Parcs i Jardins de Barcelona and the sponsor of the competition, Fluidra – will take into consideration the contribution of sustainable concepts in the architectural proposal and in the use of the installation, as well as the implementation of innovative solutions that reflect on the value of water for uses related to health, wellbeing and the community. It will also take into account the block geometry of Barcelona’s Cerdà Plan, its formal and visual relationship with the emblematic church of the Sagrada Familia and the landscaping of the green area where it will be located.
Architecture students from any country can participate in this competition (either individually or in teams), with the sole condition of being enrolled at some point in the year 2021 in an Official School of Architecture.
The Competition will award three cash prizes: 2,000 euros for the best project, 1,000 euros for the second-best project and 500 euros for the third-best project. The deadline for submissions is 2 November 2021.