Submission: 9th February 2024 Registration: 9th February 2024 Location: Lungomare of Lignano Sabbiadoro Language: English Prizes: up to 12.000 € Type: Open

TerraViva Competitions launches THE GOLDEN SAND WATERFRONT, a new architecture contest that aims to transform the Lungomare of Lignano Sabbiadoro into a thriving public space for both the local community and its seasonal visitors. 

Prizes up to 12.000 € will be awarded to the winners selected by an international jury panel composed by, among others, Pietro Chiodi and Paloma Herrero E. (Stefano Boeri Architetti), Sandra Baggerman (MVRDV) Anna Cabrera Hens (Barcelona City Council).


Famous for its wide golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Lignano Sabbiadoro is a renowned seaside destination located in the northeast corner of Italy. With a relatively recent history as a touristic location, the town has evolved considerably over the last century until it became the well-knwon summer attraction that it is today.

Following the unconventional urban layout, the coastal promenade extends for approximately 8 kilometres, while the beaches are categorised into three distinct areas: Sabbiadoro, Pineta and Riviera. Endowed with a large number of facilities and services, every season thousands of tourists come to this well-known summer getaway. Even though the city and the beach seem to merge in total harmony, there are specific strategic areas along the shoreline that lack a distinct identity.

A quick glance at the present-day map readily reveals certain access points to the beach surrounded by hybrid areas in which pine trees, sand and the remains of some landscape interventions mix without a clear logic or function. Particularly along the Riviera, the convergence of these two areas lacks a clear identity and unfolds along a poorly structured vehicular axis: the coastal road called “Lungomare Riccardo Riva”.

Prizes & Mentions

  • 1st Prize: 7.000€
  • 2nd Prize: 2.000€
    • 3rd Prize: 1.000€
    • 4 Golden Mentions: 500€ each
    • 10 Honourable Mentions
    • 30 Finalists

The challenge consists in redesigning a new public axis capable of regenerating and revitalising the entire context, promoting sustainable mobility and environmental consciousness.

It will be necessary to develop a new masterplan that involves the renovation of the main coastal road “Lungomare Riccardo Riva”, the portion of wild landscape between that vehicular axis and the beach, the Unicef Park and the public area around the boats crossing named “Passo Barca”. The idea is to promote a total regeneration of the territory and the creation of a clear landmark, capable of developing the connection between the coastal strip and the interior, allowing the seafront to be lived and enjoyed.

Analysing the main features of the site will be vital to define effective projects that truly propose a radical change. This contest intends to envision a smart-city experience, combining innovation and sustainability, in order to inspire a more environmentally friendly and forward-thinking community.

The way in which public spaces are used and valued can define the character of a neighbourhood or even an entire city. Truly resilient urban centres are not only capable of adapting to today’s times, but also have the ability to reactivate degraded and neglected areas with an environmental and social relevance.

Requested Material

Competitors have to submit three A1 panels (59,4 x 84,1 cm) landscape oriented + a brief text describing the proposal (from 250 to 500 words). Panels must contain all the necessary graphic information to explain the project in the best way possible (title, diagrams, sketches, 3D visualizations, plans and sections, collages, model photos, etc.). All kinds of graphic representations will be accepted.


  • Pietro Chiodi | Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan, Italy)
  • Sandra Baggerman| MVRDV (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Khadidja Konate | STIPO (Milan, Italy)
  • Anna Cabrera Hens| Barcelona City Council (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Toufic Rifai | Lombardini22 (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Daniela Moreira Silva| Ressano Garcia Arquitectos (Lisbon, Portugal)• Paloma Herrero | Stefano Boeri Architetti (Havana, Cuba)
  • Daniel Woodroffe| dwg (Austin, USA)


  • Competition Opening on October 9th
  • 69 € “Early” Registration from October 9th to December 11th
  • 89 € “Standard” Registration from December 11th to January 12th2024
  • 109 € “Late” Registration from January 12th 2024 to February 9th 2024
  • Submission Deadline on February 9th 2024
  • Results Announcement on March 4th 2024

Download full brief here: https://www.terravivacompetitions.com/golden-waterfront-competition-2023/

Requirements & Eligibility

The competition is open to students, architects, designers, urbanists, engineers, artists, makers, activists and anyone interested in the fields of architecture and design. Participants can join the competition either individually or with a team.

More information at: www.terravivacompetitions.com

Contact: info@terravivacompetitions.com