Register: MAY/07/2018, Submit: MAY/14/2018, Eligibility: Architects, designers, architecture students; individually, teams up to 5 members, Fee: 35 EUR (JAN/05 – FEB/02/2018), 60 EUR (FEB/03 – MAR/02/2018), 85 EUR (MAR/03 – APR/13/2018), 100 (APR/14 – MAY/07/2018); +21% VAT, Awards: 1st Prize 2,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 1,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 500 EUR, Mentions
The main function of an Interpretation Centre is to promote a creative learning environment, seeking to reveal to the visitors the significance of cultural or historical heritage of the object exposed, in order to increase consciousness and motivate its effective conservation. They are designed to cover four basic functions: research, conservation, promotion and enhancement of the object they are dedicated to. Interpreting is the art of presenting to the public an entity; to inform, entertain and motivate knowledge. The purpose of interpretation is giving the visitor a better understanding of why and in what sense a place or an object is important.
OBJECTIVES OF THE COMPETITION
The main objectives are the following:
To encourage innovative proposals that are committed to a strategy of implementing cutting-edge, contemporary architecture in a protected natural environment, with approaches that lead to synergies between the context and the building itself.
To convene ideas of spaces that promote a deep understanding and assimilation of nature. Projects must lead through their architecture to sensitivity, awareness, understanding, enthusiasm and commitment to the natural environment around them.
This open ideas competition does not refer to any particular location but to a generalized situation. Each participant or team will define the location of their Project; such as: natural parks, protected natural areas, forests, jungles, beaches, mountains, etc. However, the proposal must justify the choice of the location and the interaction reached between the project and the site’s environment.
Being one of the purposes of this competition the search on the diversity of projects and their particular situations, we hope that the variety of global natural environments is enriching for it.
We propose the following program with the basic elements to be included in the design. With these proposed minimum required spaces, the participant or team can bring new elements under consideration; provide, improve or complement the profile of the project.
Access Area: This is a space for the reception of visitors. It must have a control and information desk and a multimedia information space, a waiting and rest area.
It should be a transitional space between the outside and the interior environment. It should be linked to the starting point of the route of exposure.
Exhibition Area(s): This must be the area with the highest hierarchy of the project. It may be one versatile exposition space that can be transformed from time to time or be a clear and deliberate course specifically designed to guide visitors through different areas.
Multimedia Classrooms: A minimum of 2 spaces to give lectures, small conferences, instructional videos, etc. These could be articulated in such a way that they have the potential to generate a bigger space for events with more attendance.
Cafeteria: rest and recreation space. It must include table area, bar, kitchen, storeroom and toilets. It could have independent access from the rest of the building.
Administrative Offices: Space for administrative management and a meeting room for the staff.
General Toilets: In addition to gender-separated toilet, it is mandatory to have a special one for disabled visitors and a nursing room for mothers with small children.
Bedrooms: Hostel type rooms must be considered for a group of 24 people. Spaces can be separated in dormitories of 4 people or bunk spaces separated by gender. In addition, 2 single bedrooms will be considered with their own bathroom to be used by the staff.
Bathrooms and changing rooms: These are for the exclusive use of the groups staying at the hostel.
General Warehouse: With a loading and unloading access, independent from the main entrance. Preferably to be linked to the exhibition area.
Facilities Room: In this space the Electricity, Water, Climate and special facilities, will be centralized.
- Access Area: 55 m2
- Exhibition Area: 420 m2
- Multimedia Classrooms: 120 m2
- Cafeteria: 170 m2
- Administrative Offices: 50 m2
- General Toilets: 35 m2
- Bedrooms: 110 m2
- Bathrooms and changing rooms: 40 m2
- General Warehouse: 50 m2
- Facilities Room: 20 m2
Total: 1,070 m2