Play the future

Submission: May 18, 2023
Registration: May 18, 2023
Language: Italian/English
Location: Lugano, Switzerland
Prizes: Please see the details below
Type: Ideas competition for young architects


Recent demographic studies show that Lugano is experiencing a depopulation of the central areas. Let’s focus on the near future and imagine Lugano as a lively and attractive city for young people, families and innovative companies.

With the Play the Future project, BeSpace is looking for design solutions that take advantage not only of the city itself but also of the lake, imagining it as an extension of the city center, an outdoor space to be experienced in order to repopulate the city.

This is how was born the idea of designing a Floating Park, which will have to be WOW:

  • Wonderful: a marvel to look at and experience;
  • Original: with unique lines, bizarre style and innovative concept;
  • Waving: undulating, elegant, sinuous.

The design site is Lake Lugano, precisely the area in front of Piazza Bernardino Luini, in Lugano.

The project will have to comply with 4 of the 17 Global Goals that the UN has set for the planet in Agenda 2030 and which the city of Lugano itself has taken to heart by promoting the #luganosostenibile project.

  • Objective n. 3: Health and well-being;
  • Objective n. 11: Sustainable cities and communities;
  • Objective n. 13: Fight against climate change;
  • Objective n. 15: Life on Earth.

The history of architecture has always been characterized by the experimentation of innovative housing solutions, in search of new ways of inhabiting and experiencing the nature that surrounds us, adapting both to the needs of society and to changes in the environmental context.

Floating architecture responds to the problem of climate change, the environmental impact of urbanization, but also to new social needs.


24/02/2023  EARLY BIRD registration opening
65.- CHF / team

11/03/2023  STANDARD registration opening
85.- CHF / team

15/04/2023  LATE registration opening
115.- CHF / team

PRIZES (check the details on organisers’ website)

1st PRIZE – Total value: 11.285 CHF
2nd PRIZE – Total value:4.785 CHF
3rd PRIZE – Total value: 2.285 CHF

Date: February 27, 2023