Oceana – Raising awareness through a Marine Center

Submission: January 11,  2022
Registration: January 10,  2022
Language: English
Location: International
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open


The challenge is to design an ocean research center in the marine habitat. It will be an institutional center for studying endangered marine life and promoting biodiversity. The entire construction must be done on or underwater. Part of the center that will be underwater, must be anchored to the sea bed. The construction must not negatively impact marine life or coral reefs in the area.

The aim is to design an institute that can help us understand the marine ecosystem better, by observing them in their native habitats. The intention is to make people aware of the struggles faced by this ecosystem due to the human way of life. The institute will be open to the public for certain periods, to increase awareness.

Design Objectives

Concept: The construction of the structure on or underwater will require specific materials and technology to achieve results. The comfort of an indoor environment must not come at the cost of ocean habitat degradation.

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

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

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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