Register: DEC/21/2018, Submit: DEC/21/2018, Eligibility: Professionals, architecture and design students; individually, teams up to 3 members, Fee: 20 USD (SEP/12 – OCT/14/2018), 25 USD (OCT/15 – NOV/15/2018), 35 USD (NOV/16 – DEC/21/2018), Awards: 1st Prize 500 USD, 2nd Prize 200 USD, 3rd Prize 100 USD, 3+ Honorable Mentions
Over the history of humanity, several important people have come and gone. Some of them had a huge impact on the society. From the kings and pharaohs of the ancient civilizations, to the historic political figures of the modern era; each person that left a mark on human history, is remembered even today. Many of these historically important people find themselves buried (actually or symbolically) in lavishly built tombs and mausoleums. From the countless ancient pyramids in Egypt, to the thousands of intricately decorated Islamic tombs in the Indian subcontinent, the examples of such structures are plentiful. Some of the most famous examples of these include the famous Pyramids of Giza, and the Taj Mahal, both of which are (or have been) one of the seven wonders of the world.
Several other historical figures have certain subtler landmarks acting as their final resting place. These include garden complexes with minimalist structures, a tombstone, or a cenotaph dedicated to them. One of the most famous examples of such humble structures belong to one of the humblest persons in the history of mankind, Mahatma Gandhi. His final resting place, Raj Ghat is a simple, structure amidst a beautifully landscaped garden complex in the Indian city of New Delhi.
Apart from individuals, several groups of people (mostly soldiers who’ve fought in various wars) have had memorials constructed for them. Some examples of such structures include: the National World War I Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, the India Gate in New Delhi, India, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, amongst countless others.
Whatever the type of the structure be, each tomb fulfils the purpose of remembering the person to whom it is dedicated to. Apart from that, the type, scale, and architectural style of the tomb structure tells a lot about the person whom it was built for.
AIM OF THE COMPETITION
The aim of the competition is to create a tomb for any person (or group of persons) who’re no more, and who have left a significant impact on humanity. This structure (tomb, mausoleum, cenotaph, memorial) must capture the essence of the person, and portray it in an architectural form.
It must serve as the built embodiment of the ‘person’, and transform the legacy of the ‘person’ to the Tomb of Tomorrow.
Since, different people would have differing site requirements according to the ‘person’ (s) they’ve chosen, the site could be located anywhere in the world. Further, there is no restriction to the size of the site chosen. It could be as small or as large as you want.
However, the site location and a distinct site must be marked. The site cannot be an imaginary one, and must have a reallocation, wherever it might be located.
Important tip: You should also mention the geographic co-ordinates of the site.
The area programme for the competition is left free to the participants’ desire and may include any space which they deem essential in a tomb complex. There is no restriction to the minimum or maximum built up area.
You may include as many built spaces and functions as you require in the tomb complex. Apart from that, there could be other spaces including landscaping et ai, as a part of your design proposal.
The programme has been so designed with minimum restrictions, for one sole reason. That is, to get maximum response with a large number of creative ideas towards making the Tomb of Tomorrow.
- The tomb can be constructed for any person who is no more. This includes people who might’ve passed away in recent years.
- There is no particular field to which the said person should have belonged to. He/she could have been a musician, a political figure, a monarch, a sportsperson, an actor, a writer, an astronaut, a scientist, etc.
- Some examples of people you could build a tomb for: Steve Jobs, Stephen Hawking, Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, Chester Bennington, A. P.J. Abdul Kalam, etc.
- You may construct tombs or memorials for people who already have them. For example, Mahatma Gandhi. You could redesign the tomb, as well as relocate it to any place that you deem as an ideal spot for the memorial.
- You cannot build a tomb for a fictional character.
Important tip: Do a research on the following words: Mausoleum | Tomb | Cenotaph | Memorial, any of which can be your Tomb of Tomorrow.