Tranquil – Challenge to design an urban meditation center

Submission: May 3, 2022
Registration: May 2, 2022
Language: English
Location: Manchester, UK
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The focus of this architecture competition is to blend the facility’s exteriors with the cityscape but make the interiors disconnected from the city or even reality. The built form must be able to connect with the people, through its form, layout or spaces. Sustainable strategies must be employed to create a pure and natural environment inside the centre. The material palette must be selected consciously to suit the needs of the comfort of the occupants and aid a calm ambience for meditation activity. Noise must be managed for silent interior spaces.

The challenge here would be making the space a neutral and barrier-free space to accommodate a wide range of people. The facility must distance the facets that need to be disconnected from the outside while keeping it less constricting can prove beneficial in creating an environment that is peaceful that filters out the city life.


Concept – The design must be able to blend into the surrounding environment seamlessly to create a natural setting for well-being.

Ambience – The space must have a calming and comfortable ambience for all its users induced by the material palette, element design and form.

Balance – Privacy and interaction must be guided in the layout as per the nature of the activity. The aesthetics and functionality must be balanced to create a mix of open, semi-open and closed spaces.

Context – The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.


The site is located in Manchester, United Kingdom. Surrounded by companies, industries and offices, this place would be optimal for a rewinding space such as this project. The city offers a chance at a healthy lifestyle for its citizens with many fitness and well-being centers distributed all over the city.

The site is located beside Saxton Street Park. It is located amidst a few residences and institutes making it helpful for the facility to reach out to a variety of people in need of such a space.


Winner – 6000 USD

Cash+Crafted Trophy & certificate + UNI Year Book Copy + UNI Merchandise + Insignia + Opportunity to associate with UNI as a curator

Runner – Up – 6 x 1400 USD

Cash+Crafted Trophy & certificate + UNI Year Book Copy + UNI Merchandise+Insignia

People’s Choice – 4 x 600 USD

Cash+Crafted certificate + Insignia

Honorable Mention – 12 x 600 USD

Cash+Crafted certificate + Insignia

The prize pool is dependent on the total number of registrations received. Please check the awards and fees section to learn more about it. There will be a total of 100 (20%) entries that will be shortlisted for the final awards. All the shortlisted entries will be entitled to e-certificates.


26 November 2021, 4:00 PM GMT+01:00 – Regular registration starts

26 November 2021, 4:00 PM GMT+01:00 – Public voting starts

02 May 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Regular registration ends

03 May 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Submission ends

18 May 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Shortlisted entries announced

24 May 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Jury evaluation starts

17 June 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Jury evaluation ends

18 June 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Public voting ends

30 June 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Result announcement


The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.

The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.

You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.

All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

For Students: A student is someone who is currently enrolled in a full-time graduate/undergraduate program at a university anywhere in the world on the date of registration. We will need proof of identity upon the result declaration. The proof of identity should clearly state that you were enrolled in the institution at the time of registration. You may also produce a bonafide/authorized certificate from the institution as proof of identity. Students are allowed to involve one mentor/professor/guide in their team provided the mentor has been authorized via a bonafide certificate of the University.

All the participants who do not belong to the student category will be considered professionals by default. PhD candidates will also be considered professionals.

Institutional access is a program for students only if they are participating in the competition as a group of 20 people and want to submit 5-20 entries together. Institutional access has to be done under the guidance of a mentor/professor.

A team with even one professional will be considered as a professional entry.


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