Register: DEC/27/2017, Submit: DEC/27/2017, Eligibility: Designers, architects, artists, professionals; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: Winner – 2,000 EUR + VAT for project, assembly, disassembly and material (except for the panel)
Concéntrico 04, the International Architecture and Design Festival in Logroño – Spain, arose with the intention of prompting reflection on the city through proposals in architecture and design. The latest edition will be held from 27 April to 1 May 2018. This competition proposes the creation of a temporary architectural intervention at San Bartolomé Plaza. This intervention will form part of other installations and the pavilion, all of which will be set up in different locations throughout the city’s historic downtown. The convocation encompasses both the design of the intervention and its subsequent construction and disassembly by the winning team.
FRAMEWORK OF THE CONVOCATION
Concéntrico is Logroño’s International Architecture and Design Festival and it is open to all citizens and visitors. It aims to discover and rediscover spaces of interest in the city’s historic downtown. The Festival invites attendees to visit these places through installations that create a connection between interior patios, hidden spaces and plazas that typically go unnoticed in day-to-day life.
Each installation is created by a team of architects and/or designers who make proposals, experiment and explore new fields of design with their environment, thereby establishing a dialogue between heritage and contemporary architecture, which seeks to activate citizens’ reflection on these spaces. The Festival’s locations include Revellín Plaza, Plaza de Santa Ana, the Calado de San Gregorio and the Plaza de Escuelas Trevijano.
LOCATION – SAN BARTOLOME PLAZA
San Bartolomé Church lends its name to this plaza, which is bounded by the streets of San Bartolomé, Caballería and Rodríguez Paterna, through a new open passage around the church’s tower.
It is one of medieval Logroño’s most noteworthy plazas. Until the late 19th century, it could be accessed only through Caballería and Herrerías streets. This reserved area made it ideal for hosting musical shows, plays, and, of course, markets (text drawn from the article by Marcelino Izquierdo in Diario La Rioja).
Today, several buildings converge at the plaza, incuding the Casa de los Periodistas, the Casa de la Imagen, the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros, the Instituto de Estudios Riojanos, several residential buildings, and the already-mentioned San Bartolomé Church.
The intervention must be made with material provided by Garnica, Concéntrico’s main collaborator. Teams will be provided with 20 panels of Garnica plywood, with the following characteristics:
Poplar wood with eucalyptus face.
2,500 x 1,220 x 18 mm
A light panel with a European poplar core and decorative eucalyptus cultivation face, of the Globulus variety. What makes it most unique is its resistance and density. Avariety of tones that include everything from cinnamon to chocolate brown.
This material will be provided free of charge by Garnica. The intervention may use other complementary materials based on the project, which must be incorporated with the economic compensation assigned to the winning team.
The proposals shall be assessed for the following:
- Integration in the architectural and urbanistic setting: The relationship with the surrounding spaces. The visibility of the intervention within the plaza.
- Viability: The objective of this competition is to physically construct the intervention, which will be on display for every day of the Festival.
- Durability: It is understood that the proposals must provide temporary solutions. The intervention must be disassembled upon the completion of the Festival.