Sydney Rehearsal Follies

Submission: March 27, 2017
Registration: March 12, 2017
Language: English, Spanish
Location: Sydney, Australia
Prizes: 1st Prize: €2500 , 2nd Prize: €1000, 3rd Prize: 3rd Prize: €500, 10 Honorable Mentions
Type: Open


Sydney is the largest and most populated city in Australia, as well as the cultural and musical capital of the country. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world; its diversity is reflected in the popular culture and in the expression of music. Nevertheless, the popular culture and the amateur music does not find its way out through the traditional channels being that the Opera agglutinates the most recognized and established works. In the other hand, the experimental works of the music conservatory stay in the edification without a clear diffusion among the citizens.

Sixty years later, in relation to the original competition, ARCHmedium proposes the creation of a new integrated pavilion dedicated to music and the scenic arts under the centennial trees of the Botanic Gardens park. The program establishes a series of independent follies for the rehearsal of students and young bands.

At the same time, we propose a set of small rooms for musical and theatrical shows to introduce the new generations to the population.

ARCHmedium calls for proposals that efficiently integrate into the set, making ties between both historic institutions and that add value to the emblematic whole. How does a building dedicated to music relate to the public spaces?


The competition groups two programs related to music and the scenic arts. Our team elaborated
the program based on the needs of diffusion of the music school activities and the will to spread culture around the park.

Sidney Rehearsal Follies is meant to be an open intervention based on culture at one of the central points of the Australian city of Sydney. The program establishes rehearsal rooms inside the park and small scale rooms for shows that can relate the interior with the park. The program should resolve the threshold between the intervention and the park while also giving the city new collective spaces.



This category will accept architecture and related fields undergraduate students who can prove their student status on the day the competition launches with some official document (student ID or enrolment papers).

Graduate, masters, and PhD students who are currently enrolled in some official course can also participate, but only if they obtained their undergraduate degree less than 3 years ago.

The 3 year rule applies to graduate, masters and PhD students who are CURRENTLY ENROLLED only!

Young Architects

This category will accept young professional architects who graduated less than 10 years ago (according to their degree expedition date) can also join the competition and opt to win the “young gradautes” prize which will be awarded separately from the student prizes.

In both categories teams can be formed by just one member or up to six (6). Members of a team don’t necessarily have to be students at the same university or live in the same country.

It is not necessary that all members of a team are architecture specialists. Having a photographer, artist, philosopher, etc. on a team can help to see the project in a new way, thus enriching the final result. However, it is recommended that at least one member of the team has some experience in architecture. The teams may also be formed by both students and young architects. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it.


The entry periods will be divided as follows:

  • Special Nov 25th – Jan 15th – 60.50€*
  • Early Jan 16th – Feb 12th – 90.75€*
  • Regular Feb 13th – Mar 12th – 121€*

*Registration prices include VAT (value added tax).

The registration fee is per team, regardless of how many members are on the team.

If a team wants to submit more than one proposal to the competition they will have to register each proposal separately and pay an additional fee for each proposal they wish to submit.

For a project to be accepted the team must be properly registered to the competition. All registrations will be done through the ARCHmedium website (ARCHmedium.com), where you will be asked to choose between several payment options.

After completing the registration form each team will be assigned with a registration code. It’s important to keep this registration code in a safe place since it will allow your team to access the intranet were you’ll have access to your registration status, payment tools, and the upload form to submit your project as we will explain in further sections of this document.


Each team will submit only one din-A1 size (59,4, 84,1cm), landscape or portrait panel with their proposal.

This panel must be identified with the registration code of the team and the registration code ONLY; any panel including team names or personal names might be disqualified without refund.

Each team is responsible for choosing which information they include in their panel so that the jury may gain the clearest understanding of their project.

The representation technique is completely free (2D drawings, pictures of models, sketches, renders, collages, etc.). The jury will not only evaluate the quality of the project but also the clarity and quality of the presentation.

We do not recommend including large amounts of text on the panel. The project should be explanatory enough through the graphic material. However, certain notes might be acceptable. These notes must be written in English ONLY—any text written in a different language will not be taken into account and may lead to a team’s disqualification.

Go to the competition’s website

Date: December 7, 2016