The Wall

Submission: November 07, 2016
Registration: November 07, 2016
Language: English
Location: Great Britain
Prizes: 1st Prize: £4,000
Type: Open


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce the launch of an international open design competition for ‘The Wall’ – a structure made of a million bricks to represent answered prayer. The competition is being managed on behalf of the charity Network, The Evangelical Council for the Manchester Area Trust.

‘The Wall’ competition is a unique opportunity for talented designers to unleash their creativity to design a new dramatic and inspirational UK landmark, a significant commission of public art. The idea of a former Leicester City FC Chaplain, Richard Gamble, this structure will consist of a million bricks each representing an individual answered prayer. Potentially the size of 62 houses, it is intended to be built by the side of a motorway. In April 2016 over £47,000 was raised through crowdfunding with people from across the world getting involved in this innovative project.

“It was a real thrill for us to hit our crowdfunding target earlier in the year. That has enabled us to partner with the RIBA to run a global design competition. Now in just a matter of months we will be able to get an idea of what ‘The Wall of Answered Prayer’ will look like.” – Richard Gamble

Renato Benedetti, Benedetti Architects and RIBA Adviser said: “We are looking for very high quality, deliverable, innovative submissions which will inspire and intrigue.”

The competition is open internationally to architects, engineers, artists, sculptors, technologists and other related design professionals. Collaborations amongst these disciplines are also encouraged. The initial phase of the competition will require teams to submit designs anonymously, in digital format only. The closing date for first stage entries is Monday 7 November at 2pm.

The high profile panel of judges including: Renato Benedetti, Benedetti Architects, RIBA Adviser; Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP; Baronness Sal Brinton; and Pam Rhodes (Broadcaster, Writer and BBC Presenter Songs of Praise) will consider the entries and up to five concept designs will then be shortlisted to participate in the second phase.

“This project has created a lot of interest since the idea was launched earlier this year, with many people asking what might this Prayer Landmark look like. Over these coming months, we will see people around the world join the journey, submitting concept designs. I anticipate a large number of entries to keep the judges on our toes, as we carefully see the next stage of this project come alive.” – Stephen Timms MP.

Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £4,000 + VAT.

Go to the competition’s website