Register: SEP/05/2019, Submit: SEP/12/2019, Eligibility: Architects, designers, architecture students; individually, teams up to 5 members, Fee: 35 EUR (MAY/14 – JUN/05/2019), 60 EUR (JUN/06 – JUL/09/2019), 90 EUR (JUL/10 – AUG/19/2019), 110 EUR (AUG/20 – SEP/05/2019); +VAT 21%, Awards: 1st Prize 2,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 1,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 500 EUR, Mentions
The competition seeks for innovative ideas in the design of a house, focusing in the relationship of the project with a specific client, as well as with the site where it is located. Opengap invites participants to explore the boundaries and paradigms of house designing. To work in innovative and visionary proposals which can both, think in a basic housing program and the relation of identity between the customer and the project. Each participant or team will propose the client for designing a house. This will be a person of interest and inspiration for the project. There are no limitations as to the choice of the character. This may be a historical or contemporary, real or fictional person, from any origin or nationality. It is important that within the submitted proposal, the character is introduced and the project’s relationship with him or her is justified.
This competition of ideas does not specify any particular site or setting. Therefore, each contestant or team will be able to choose the location of their project.
The project in question may involve the design of a new space in any chosen empty plot, or may be a proposal of how to reuse an existing building or structure.
Nevertheless, participants will have to justify their choice of location for the project.
Since one of the aims of this competition is to search for heterogeneous proposals and various possible locations, we hope that this global diversity will enrich the final results.
- The only limitation as to the dimensions of the project is that the house must have a max construction area of 800 m2 total. This surface may be distributed in any way, in several floors, on one level or in multiple volumes.
- As this is a call for architectural proposals, it is important that the function and relationship of spaces within the project are resolved and represented in the proposal.
- As this is an academic competition, we are not searching for a profound technical and construction detailing. A good architectonic conceptualization and original ideas will receive the greatest consideration. Opengap encourages contestants to experiment and to formally and spatially explore new solutions. Original, creative, contemporary, and risky proposals, from the architectonic point of view, will therefore be welcomed.
PROGRAM OF REQUIREMENTS
There is not a specific program of needs to be covered by the project. However, it is important that the main use thereof is that of housing.