TRAINING – Alternative designs for Sport Facilities

Submission: December 30, 2016
Registration: December 27, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: x3 1st Prize: €1,000,  x9 Honorable Mentions
Type: Open


The aim of the “Training” competition is to develop a design proposal for the sport facility typology, intended as a place where phisical activity and/or sports entartainment can occur. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of sport facility.

After the recent closure of the European football cup and the Olympic games, you are asked to reinvent the way sports can be practiced, and how they can be used to entertain. Many architecture and design projects have already proposed new ways to empower the social value of sports and innovative solutions to implement them in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. With similar creative attitude the participants are urged to create an artefact, merging considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools.

The proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or a urban plan. Scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their project.


Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. Teams can be formed by a maximum number of 5 people. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it.


1–15 October 2016 – Special Registration (30 €) period
16 October-15 November 2016 – Early Registration (45 €) period
16 November-15 December 2016 – Regular Registration (60 €) period
15 December 2016 – Submission opened on our website
16 December-27 December 2016 – Late Registration (75 €) period
30 December 2016 – Submission Deadline (23.59 GMT+0)
30 December 2016 – The “Making – Alternative designs for factories” book available
19-24 January 2017 – Winners announcement
19 January-19 February 2017 – Call for Papers for the “Training- Non Architectural Sport Facilities” book starts
1 May 2017 – The “Training – Non Architectural sport facilities” book available


Non architecture competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. The winners will be in fact three, all equally important. In addition 12 honourable mentions will be awarded. Each one of the 3 jury members will select one winner and four honourable mentions.

The prizes are the following:

-WINNERS (3 Prizes)

1.000 euros

Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book

Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs


Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book

Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs


Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book


No scale or location.

In asking for an unconventional approach, we are also providing one. The rules of the competition and its organization will not limit, but rather allow for the freedom to approach each topic as the participant sees fit.

Therefore there are no given site, scale of intervention or exact program dimensioning. Projects can be developed in abstract locations as well as specific places, and they can go from the scale of interior design to urban strategies. Just remember that every proposal should be focused on a very specific condition, showing one simple concept, clearly communicated and fully developed.


Submissions must be done through the Non Architecture Competitions’ intranet only, before the date indicated on the competition calendar. A log in section will be opened 2 weeks before the deadline. You must log in with your username and password and follow the upload process. No submissions will be accepted by e-mail or any other medium. The submission page will be automatically closed after the submission date and time are reached, not allowing any modifications or aggregations after that, so please, try to upload your project 24 hours in advance so that you have time to solve any issues that might come up along the way (they always do!).

Go to the competition’s website