chernobyl architecture competition

Rejuvenate: Chernobyl – A youthful appearance to the exclusion zone

Submission: December 25, 2020
Registration: December 24, 2020
Language: English
Location: Pripyat, Ukraine (Former Soviet Union)
Prizes: $2000 USD
Type: Open for All


After its’ inception in 1972 and commission in 1977 – On April 26, 1986, a sudden surge of power during a reactor systems test destroyed Unit 4 of the nuclear power station at Chernobyl (near Pripyat), Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. The accident and the fire that followed released massive amounts of radioactive material into the environment.


The Chernobyl accident’s severe radiation effects killed 28 of the site’s 600 workers in the first four months after the event. Another 106 workers received high enough doses to cause acute radiation sickness. Two workers died within hours of the reactor explosion from non-radiological causes. Another 200,000 cleanup workers in 1986 and 1987 received doses of between 1 and 100 rem (The average annual radiation dose for a U.S. citizen is about .6 rem). Chernobyl cleanup activities eventually required about 600,000 workers, although only a small fraction of these workers were exposed to elevated levels of radiation. Government agencies continue to monitor cleanup and recovery workers’ health. Since then, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has been one of the scariest spots on earth – with ghost residences, settlements and instalments all around – but the question is, till when will it last and is there a way architecture could make this radioactive region safe again?


The challenge is to design a rejuvenation centre which resurrects a youthful appearance to the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Plant instalment in Chernobyl (currently within Ukraine).


The size of your solution could be anywhere from the size of a standard table (1 sq.m) to the area of the whole instalment (2600 sq.km)


– 2 x A1 Sheets (one PDF with atleast 150dpi – Max. 20 MB)
– A 1-2 min Video explaining your design/concept (content in the video has been left to the participants consideration)
– The final PDF must be named ‘team-.pdf’ (for example, team-1234.pdf if your team code is 1234) and should be uploaded on Google Drive/Dropbox/OneDrive or any similar online file handler with ‘Public Access’ setting Enabled (for example, Should be available as ‘View Only’ within Google Drive)
– The final video must be named ‘team- – Seek Fanatic Competition #rejuvenatechernobyl’ and uploaded as a ‘Public’ video in Youtube (Choose ‘Mark as not made for kids’ while uploading)
– The content in sheets should be free of any plagiarism (except collages and human cutouts in renders)
– Submitted content must not include any information which exposes details of the participant or the region the participant resides in
– Seek Fanatic logo must be postfixed to the video for 3 seconds with a black background (download logo from link in competition page)
– Failing in compliance to any of the above requirements will lead to disqualification of the respected team from the competition, with a notification email to the registered email id of the team leader


– Early Registration Begins: November 1 (799 INR / 15 USD)
– Early Registration Ends: November 30
– Standard Registration Starts: December 1 (1450 INR / 30 USD)
– Standard Registration Ends: December 24
– Submissions End: December 25
– Results Announced: January 1, 2021


Jurors will be announced on December 25th


– Winner x 1 = $1000 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post
– Runners Up x 4 = $250 + Certificate + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post
– Participation Certificates for All Teams

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<