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August, 2011

  1. The Dow Chemical Company Solar Design Competition

    August 28, 2011 by architectural competitions

    The Dow Chemical Company Solar Design Competition will seek new discoveries that can lead to economical, energy sustainable homes that are viable and culturally adaptable to multiple regions.

    Specifically, the competition calls for the design of a building comprising three connected dwellings, which must utilize active and solar technologies in addition to other innovative energy solutions to achieve near-zero energy consumption.

    The Dow Chemical Company Solar Design Competition will live online, allowing participants to interact via competition web sites and social media. Winners will be determined via a peer-based evaluation process.

  2. Ceramics of Italy Exhibit Design Challenge

    August 26, 2011 by architectural competitions

    We’ve got a client with your name on it.

    Ceramics of Italy (CI) is looking for an architect. Do you have what it takes to design an Italian tile pavilion to be built at Coverings 2012?

    CI – the trademark for Italian ceramic tile manufacturers that are members of Confindustria Ceramica, the Italian Association of Ceramics – has a long-standing commitment to innovative architectural design, be it through their amazing array of products or their influential pavilions by architects like Aldo Rossi and Bernard Tschumi.

    The CI Exhibit Design Challenge asks architects to design the next Ceramics of Italy tile exhibit that will open on April 17, 2012.

    At stake? A $10,000 Design Fee and an additional $15,000 to project manage the execution of the design.

    Find out more information on Architizer:

  3. World’s Coolest Offices 2011

    August 25, 2011 by architectural competitions

    World’s Coolest Offices 2011 sponsored by Autodesk® is about connecting designers with the world’s entrepreneurs. That’s why Architizer has teamed up with to showcase the top 25 projects in a huge editorial spread on The award is a way to show the business world how intelligent design and innovative space planning can create a workplace that is more than a sum of its parts. So come on designers! Help Architizer and hook up businesses around the world with talented designers.

    One winner, the World’s Coolest in our opinion, will take home $2,000, a souped-up iPad with amazing Autodesk® apps, and 15 Poppin desk makeovers for your own office. An additional 24 offices will be put in an editorial highlighting the coolest designs for their readership of entrepreneurs and business-savvy individuals.

    Office design in the creative age is as much about branding and creating an innovative atmosphere as it is about workstations and efficiency. Company culture finds its physical manifestation in the workplaces of today’s most forward thinking outfits. Firms small and large are tapping design talents to outfit their workspaces, and we’d like to see proof. Enter the World’s Coolest Offices 2011 and tell us what makes your space so innovative.

    Submit by October 1!

    More information at:


    August 23, 2011 by architectural competitions

    ARQUITECTUM, a company devoted to the organizing of architecture competitions, is pleased to welcome the world’s architects to the International Architecture Competition “HONG KONG 2011”, to be held from August 2011 until December 2011.

    The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong of the People’s Republic of China, better known as Hong Kong (Chinese: 香港, literally ‘fragrant harbor’) is a special administrative region in southern China formed by a peninsula and a number of islands, situated on China’s southern coast and enclosed by the South China Sea and the Pearl River Delta, along with the cities of Canton and Macao. It was a British colony until July 1 1997.
    Hong Kong is one of two “special administrative regions” in the People’s Republic of China. The other is the old Portuguese colony of Macao. In these two special administrative regions the administrative model known as “one country, two systems” is applied. This system, which was developed by Deng Xiaoping, who intended to apply it to an eventual reunification with Taiwan, consists of the maintaining of a capitalist economic system under the sovereignty of a country governed by an official communist party (which is the case of present-day China and has been for a many years). In addition to their economic system, these two regions maintain an independent administrative and judicial system, as well as their own customs system and external borders.
    In addition, Hong Kong is an emporium characterized by international banking, a liberal economy and liberal attitudes towards sex. Yes, sex. Because Hong Kong is an enclave for “yuppies” and foreign executives, the sex industry, nightclub scene and luxury hotel market represent an enormous attraction for many executives.
    And that it why ARQUITECTUM has chosen for this competition the famous “red light” district of Mong Kok (Portland Street). And we have decided to tackle a thorny but nevertheless very interesting subject: a “Luxury Adult Club-Hotel”, where eroticism comes together with architecture, demonstrating in this way that architecture is relevant to all aspects of life and any project can be resolved in an interesting and creative manner when planned from the very beginning.

    • Promote the work of any architect on a global level in order to facilitate, eventually, their access to the restricted and difficult Chinese architectural design market.
    • Gather together architectural ideas from around the world to enable the selection of the best project to be developed in Hong Kong.
    • To bring together the best ideas associated with urban awareness which, at the same time, are capable of reflecting both Chinese culture and that of the western world.
    • To generate the discussion of ideas regarding intervention in unconventional projects.

    The “Luxury Nightclub Hotel” being proposed aims to be an original building, not only devoted to adult entertainment, but also a venue for shows (like those presented at the Moulin Rouge in Paris), a place of relaxation with a massage service and a spa, as well as a first class hotel, and, above all, a system of customer service based on the contemporary parameters of “zero ecological impact”, fostering a new type of habitability (such as self-generated energy), basic maintenance (a minimal number of employees tasked with cleaning) and an almost total absence of contaminating waste (making use of joint services, the classification of biodegradable and non-degradable waste and employment of clean energy).
    The objective of this “Nightclub Hotel” is that of providing guests with an agreeable experience in a hygienic, safe and high class environment where they can spend the night and wake up in Hong Kong, while at the same time providing them, within the same premises, with a unique sensorial experience.
    The competition aims to create an avant-garde concept within the field of accommodation and adult entertainment that will form part of any initiative –private or public- for an integrated project, to be presented together with other technical reports (hotel feasibility study, environmental impact study, financial investment proposal, statistical study of tourism figures), leading to the future construction of a project of this type.
    To this end, the “Nightclub Hotel” will consist of a basic plan that will occupy a constructed area of 25,000 (twenty-five thousand) square meters.

    Eligible for participation in the competition are:
    • Architects and from all around the word, working as individuals or in collaboration, as long as they have completed their studies. It is not compulsory to be a registered or associated architect, but they can also participate.
    • Architecture students are also eligible, but only under the direction of an Architect (could be a professor, but is not mandatory).
    • Multidisciplinary teams may also take part in the competitions (designers, engineers, artist, etc.) as long as they have an Architect as Team Leader.

    Note: At any given case, teams should have six (06) members at most.

    These are the awards:
    1st Prize:
    • One plane ticket to Hong Kong, to attend the award ceremony and exhibition of the contest HONG KONG 2011, to take place in February 2012.
    • Accommodations for two nights for two people in Hong Kong.
    • An appearance on the German design magazine “Wettbewerbe Aktuell” ( on the HONG KONG 2011 Contest, and particularly of the winning projects.
    • An appearance on the edition of Latin American architecture magazine “ARQ•: procesos” on the HONG KONG 2011 Contest, during the year.
    • An appearance in the edition of Spanish magazine of architectural contests “FUTURE (”.

    2nd Prize:

    3rd Prize:

    START OF COMPETITION August 2nd, 2011
    SPECIAL REGISTRATION From August 2nd until August 29th, 2011
    EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION from August 30th until September 26th, 2011
    LATE REGISTRATION from September 27th until November 2nd, 2011
    ANSWERING OF QUERIES Replies updated on the website’s FAQ section during the competition
    WINNERS ANNOUNCED December, 2011
    HONG KONG EXHIBITION February, 2012

    Special Registration: From August 2nd to August 29th 2011: US$ 100.00
    Early Registration: From August 30st to September 26th 2011: US$ 150.00
    Late Registration: From September 27th to November 2nd, 2011: US$ 200.00

    Further information at

  5. Skill ‘Building’ Challenge

    August 10, 2011 by architectural competitions

    Developing countries are faced with enormous pressure to make a successful transition from the pre-globalisation era into the new globalised economy structure. Despite the fact that India is on the fast track of development, the Government is faced with –

    The challenge to enable majority of the Indians to participate in the benefits of growth and to contribute to that growth.

    The current knowledge oriented economy requires a new generation of skilled people capable of competing at a larger, global platform. To do this the largely unskilled Indian labor force must have education and training that equips them for the new knowledge based labor market. One of the sources of the skilled workforce is the vocational education and training system. However, the current system is not being able to appropriately respond to the needs of the market.


    Date of announcement: 15h June, 2011
    Date of Submission : 29th August, 2011
    Date of Announcement of Winners : 5th September, 2011


    A total amount of INR 2,00,000.00 will be awarded to the winner of the competition.

    The winner of the competition stands to receive the right to commission of the International Skills School Project.

    The Architect / Team / Firm on commissioning the project will be remunerated for architectural services as per Council of Architecture, India (COA) norms.

    For more details visit:

  6. Modular School 4 Burmese Refugees

    August 9, 2011 by architectural competitions

    A Charitable international competition to design and build a modular school for migrant children on the Thai-Burmese border.

    The winning design will not only respond to the tropical climate and a sustainable agenda, but may also need to be deconstructed and reconstructed throughout its lifetime due to the transitory nature of migrants and refugees in the area and laws governing land ownership of such groups.

    The winning design team will see their project built and also used to inform other education projects that we hope to initiate both in the area and in other areas effected by similar issues. Depending on the overall costs and design complexity, it is hoped that representatives of the winning design team will be awarded flights to help oversee the realization of the winning design.

    For full brief email: