Spit in Nizhny Novgorod

The Spit in Nizhny Novgorod – Open Architectural and Urban Competition

Submission: August 30, 2017
Registration: July 15, 2017
Language: English, Russian
Location: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Prizes: 1st Prize: 300 000 Rubles, 2nd Prize: 200 000 Rubles, x2 3rd Prize: 100 000 Rubles
Type: Open


The Competition is organized by the Union of Moscow Architects and Nizhny Novgorod Department of the Union of Architects of Russia supported by the Administration of the Nizhny Novgorod region.

General Terms

In modern conditions of the economic, urban and environmental challenges the aim of the Competition is the development of innovative ideas for reorganization and reclamation of the city bank spaces including the solution of a whole number of particular tasks. Among them are the following objects:

– modern ecological, town-planning, architectural and designing development of the riverside territory at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers;

– creation of the full-fledged public cultural, sports and recreational environment;

– drawing the attention of governmental, municipal and public institutions to the development prospects of the Nizhny Novgorod Spit territory;

– all possible development of water tourism and creation of its infrastructure;

– promotion of the active lifestyle;

– promotion of innovative technologies in process of the riverside territories development;

– drawing the attention of investors, planners, designers, building companies and producers of materials, goods and technologies to the prospects and new ideas for the riverside spaces development.

In light of these tasks, the problems of leisure and entertainment in the vicinity of the coastal lines are the most acute and topical, because the riverside areas are the major and irreplaceable value of the city, its residents, tourists and business people.

The Competition is organized in order to get in Nizhny Novgorod, on the territory limited by the Samarkandskaya and Betancourt Streets and the Volga and Oka rivers embankments, some conceptual town-planning proposals for creating  a city recreation center with a developed recreational component and filled with social, cultural and sports functions by means of an equitable creative contest.

The Competition is open. Eligibility: professionally qualified (graduated) architects and authors’ teams (including architects, town-planners, restorers, designers of the architectural environment), who had accepted the Competition programme and terms for participation, paid the Registration Fee and were registered as Competitors.

The Competition participants get the right to take part in all events being held in frames of the “Eco-Shore 2017” Festival.

The aim of the Competition

The aim of the Competition is to provide architectural and town-planning ideas that meet the requirements of the Competition programme.

The Competition is held with international participation.

The main task formulated for the Competition participants is to suggest a conceptual solution demonstrating a contemporary approach to the complex development of the introduced site and to transformation of the former storehouse and public utilities areas of the Nizhny Novgorod spit into the new spaces with elements of public, tourist, and recreational infrastructure integrated into the context of the already existing historical and cultural environment of the city.

The Competitors must offer a town-planning composition, functional zoning and principles of territory improvement intended for active public use and recreation. It is necessary to suggest an approximate nomenclature of buildings, which are supposed to be located in this territory, their functionality, to provide for an easy access to technical services and their maintenance, as well as to envisage a necessary number of parking spaces for both: motor cars and tourist buses.

The Competition program

The Competition is held according to unified terms and regulations developed by the Competition organizer. The terms and regulations are mandatory for all Competition participants.

Terms of Competition

The project should fully disclose the author’s intention and make the main idea clear.

The Competition designs should be fulfilled in computer-graphics (raster file JPG or TIFF, 150 dpi, without compression) and delivered by e-mail fully configured and prepared for the printout on the panel with sizes: 140 cm (height) х 90 cm (width). All texts must be converted to curves. The number of panels for one application (design) is 2 pcs.

The graphic and text information should be placed on the panels in accordance with the layout drawing (see the background data).

Regulations for the submission of Competition materials and their evaluation.

For the purposes of anonymity, the projects should be submitted under the mottos (six-figured code, height 10 mm) placed in the right upper corner of all materials presented to the Competition.

The Competition materials must be accompanied by a motto envelope containing information about the author or group of authors (names of authors, telephone number, address, passport data and percentage distribution of the prize between the authors’ team members).

The Competition Organizers exclude from consideration the entries with following infringements:

– discrepancy  with the Programme requirements and Competition terms;

– deliberately broken anonymity.


First Prize – 300 000 Rubles.

Second Prize – 200 000 Rubles.

Two Third Prizes – 100 000 Rubles. each.

The Competition Jury and Organizers have a right to adjudge Special Prizes for some individual achievements and felicitous solutions.

The Competition Promoters have a right to adjudge their own prizes and awards.

The awarded designs will be published in mass media, which act as information partners of the “Eco-Shore” Festival.

Work of the Competition Jury.

In order to size up the Competition results, a Jury is being assembled, including leading Russian and foreign architects. The full list of the Jury will be published on August 15th, 2017.

Chairman of the Jury will be elected at the first Jury meeting by a simple majority vote.

Members of the Jury have no right to take part in the Competition. The Jury’s decisions are finalized in a Jury Meeting Protocol signed by all the Jury Members, who took part in the Jury meeting.

In the case of equal voting, the Jury’s Chairman will have a casting vote.


Registration of the participants is conducted until July 15, 2017, by filling out the registration form and confirming the payment through the following link

The Competition Organizers will be responsible for presenting (type-out) the exhibition materials (panels) of the Competition projects.

The files with Competition projects should be sent through any of the Internet share sites.

To participate in the Competition, one should apply for participation and pay the registration fee.

The Competitor’s registration fee is:

– 3 000 (three thousand) Rubles for one Competition project (2 panels).

Deadlines for Competition projects delivery:

Publication of the Competition Programme and Terms – May 31, 2017.

Deadline for the Competition Participants’ registration – July 15, 2017.

Participants’ questions – up to July 25, 2017.

Answers to Participants – up to July 30, 2017.

Deadline for the Competition projects delivery – August 30, 2017.

Opening of the Competition projects Exhibition – September 13, 2017.

Jury meeting – September 13 – 14, 2017.

Adjudication and announcement of the Competition results – September 16, 2017.

Go to the competition’s website