room for all

Room for all – Competition to design a multipurpose public space

Submission: January 25, 2022
Registration: January 25, 2022
Language: English
Location: Birchington, United Kingdom
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open


The aim here is to create a public space that is used by a variety of people in the city for different public activities. The challenge is to create a hub through a combination of major public activities including theatre, lecture rooms, exhibition spaces; which are mainly focused on public engagement.

Urban social diversity

Cities have always been more like an ecosystem than just merely buildings that house people. There are layers of systems that are stitched together for the city to work smoothly. From transport to the water supply; everything is closely woven into the city fabric. The amount of people in a city house is consistently increasing. The city’s function is not just to put a roof over people’s heads but also to give them a good lifestyle and environment that caters to their betterment. As in the end, every other building or infrastructure that we build in the city has a purpose to serve the people living inside of it.

Let that be through urban neighborhood planning to the construction of a well-functioning house everything is for people. And in such scenarios, there is a high need for building infrastructure that can cater to a large user group of people who have a variety of needs and requirements.

How can this need be addressed when there is a large and varied user group from different walks of life?

Brief of the Competition

How can architecture innovate and bring together this phenomenon and generate a newly defined public space?

Can the change in the approach towards public space help in creating a new public space design How can this integration be innovated through architectural solutions?

What design strategies will help in changing the perception and idea of public space and engagement?

Design Objectives

Landmark: The visual impact must be exemplary with standout features.

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

Multi-functional: The public space must be flexible and customizable to be used for a variety of activities and performances.

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.

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