Register: APR/06/2018, Submit: MAY/10/2018, Eligibility: Architects, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (OCT/11 – DEC/06/2017), architects, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (DEC/07/2017 – FEB/07/2018), architects, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (FEB/08 – APR/06/2018); discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, BB Student Award – 500 USD, BB Green Award – 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
The Nemrut caldera sits cradled within the Nemrut Volcano (Turkey), formed by the collapse of the volcano into itself, creating a large, deep crater. A caldera collapse is typically triggered by the emptying of the magma chamber beneath the volcano, as the result of a large volcanic eruption. Turkey is home to the largest caldera in Europe and the 4th largest in the world.
With a total area of over 4,800 hectares, the edges of the caldera are approximately 2500 to 2900 metres above sea level. The diameter of the crater ranges from 8.5 km at its widest point to 7 km at its narrowest, and is surrounded by steep slopes reaching 25 km in height. Nestled within it is the half-moon crater lake Nemrut Crater Lake, the second largest crater lake in the world. A second, smaller lake is located at the northern tip of this lake, whose waters are heated from geothermal sources. The crater has a distinct micro-climate that brings with it unique flora and fauna.
The Nemrut Volcano Eyes architecture competition is tasking participants with envisioning an observation point positioned at an altitude of about 2,800 metres-on the southern edge of the crater – that will provide visitors with views overlooking Lake Van.
The competition requires participants to consider both functional and aesthetic properties when designing the observation point, as construction would be complicated and potentially costly in such a harsh environment.
Project submissions will need to consider the design of the lookout point and also how it will function. Designs will need to include a sequential route for visitors to access the lookout point, making their journey from the crater’s base to the top observation point a memorable experience.
Designs should emphasize functional and innovative solutions that show a contemporary understanding of the environment. It is important that the concept of the project fits well within the context of its surroundings, providing technical solutions on how to establish a structure in this majestic yet inaccessible environment.
The competition area is confined to the two sides of the ski lift line, which is about 2.5 km long and currently the only means of reaching the edge of the caldera. The starting point of the ski lift is called the “Lower Region” – as shown in the image below – with the “Upper Region” often used for skiing.
The lower region will be set as the reception and welcome area, offering visitors following facilities:
INDOORS (TOTAL AREA 310 m2)
RECEPTION AREA 95 m2
- loby / presentation area / exhibition space 65 m2
The loby / presentation area / exhibition space will be used to host promotional activities about the caldera. It should be flexible enough to allow the space to be used for variety of activities:
- gift shop 5 m2
- sky lift ticket shop 5 m2
- storage 20 m2
CAFE 100 m2
The facilities should have the capacity to serve 50-60 people
- cafe 70 m2
- kitchen 20 m2
- storage 10 m2
SKI UNIT 60 m2
- ski equipment rentals and storage, locker rooms for the visitors 50 m2
- staff room (dressing room, WC and shower) 10 m2
SERVICE AND TECHNICAL UNIT 55 m2
- WC 35 m2
- storage 10 m2
- heating / boiler room 10 m2
- 3 bus parking spaces
- 20 car parking spaces
- 10 electric bikes
- 20 bikes
The upper region is the lookout point, and will consist of three areas:
The first focus area is the upper threshold, where the current ski lift station is located. It is where walking routes to the lookout points start, and where information is provided to guide visitors around the area.
The second focus area is the main observation point, where visitors have a 360 degree panorama view of the entire caldera, and with a perfect view of Lake Van, below. Participants are tasked with creating designs which take into account this vantage point, and make the navigation from the upper region to the observation point a memorable experience in itself for visitors. Propositions should be given for how to carry out construction of this route, and how it will work in harmony with the unique, yet treacherous terrain.
The third focus area is located near the upper ski lift station, which has a limited view of the caldera. While this area is not the main focus point, and participants are not expected to include it in their designs, they are expected to design a visitor navigation system which associates all three focus points with each other.
The competition programme is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies.