oil rig competitions

Proximity Island – Architectural Ideas for Repurposing Oil rigs

Submission: May 15, 2020
Registration: May 05, 2020
Language: English
Location: Italy
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The oil and oil-gas platforms, more than 8000 present all over the planet until a few decades ago, have gradually been dismantled to free the seas from the strong pollution they cause. The so-called decommissioning process of fixed platforms is usually carried out by removing them entirely from the marine environment in which they are located, bringing them to the ground and then demolishing or disassembling them to sell valuable equipment or, in some cases, revamping the best pieces for later reuse in other fields.

As offshore settlements, these kinds of structures, due to their strong visual and evocative impact, constitute an excellent example of industrial archeology in any sense which, however, only in rare cases have been known to be converted into spaces of civil architecture as artificial islands.

Despite the environmental political conflicts that they constitute nowadays, it is undeniable that from an architectural landscape point of view they have great visual strength and constitute a kind of punctual exaltation of the horizon line.

One of the biggest problems caused by the dismantling of these structures is the costs. Recent studies have validated that re-use and redevelopment are much cheaper than, for example, completely new construction and partly even more economical in reference to the resale of disassembled parts.

Brief – Reuse an Oil platform dismissed by its original function: Creation of a Museum of Open Waters
The purpose of this competition is the future use of industrial structures that have lost their original function, imagining that in the very near future oil and its derivatives will hopefully be replaced completely by renewable energy available to all people. The concept of offshore must become much more an intermediate concept such as the foreshore in order to create fluid transition architectures in terms of spaces and functions. In this way, the water, the sea, becomes the leitmotif for the creation of a water museum focused on the three main aspects of the sea: The ocean as the sea of ​​the distance, The Mediterranean for proximity and The Adriatic as the sea ​​of ​​intimacy.

This museum is only for temporary exhibitions, Workshops, installation but above all the space itself must reflect the metaphors of the sea shown above. it will also have to interact with a small block of houses for short stays, for use by artists, students, marine biologists and refugees as an integral part of the history of the sea.


To be announced.


Launch on December 23, 2019
Registration closes: May 5th, 2020
Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2020
Public Voting begins: May 25th, 2020
Public Voting ends: June 15th, 2020
Result Announcement: June 25th, 2020


Prize pool of worth 20,000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention x 12: 500$ Each

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