Register: APR/30/2019, Submit: JUN/13/2019, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (NOV/08 – DEC/18/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (DEC/19/2018 – FEB/26/2019); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (FEB/27 – APR/30/2019), discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize: 3,000 USD + construction, 2nd Prize: 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize: 500 USD, BB Student Award: 500 USD, BB Green Award: 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
Established in 1998, the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is a nature reserve consisting of both natural and man-made bodies of water located 40 km southeast of central Abu Dhabi. Covering a total of 5 square km, the wetlands are comprised of wetlands, sabkhas (salt flats), fossilized sands and dunes, and are densely packed with animal and plant life. The most spectacular of which is the flamingo population, who flock to the reserve in their thousands to enjoy the warmth during the winter months, with some remaining all year round. In fact, in July 2013, the Greater Flamingo Colony successfully hatched 231 chicks at Al Wathba.
In addition to the migratory flamingos that make the reserve their winter home, Al Wathba has attracted numerous species of bird and animals, from the Black winged stilt to the Spiny tailed lizard which is indigenous to the region.
Facilities at the reserve currently include a Visitor Experience Center, self-guided trails (1.5 kms or 3 kms) and a bird hide equipped with binoculars and a telescope. It has been purposefully kept as raw as possible, and as such there are no cafés or restaurants although there are washrooms and ongoing plans to make the site more wheelchair-accessible.
Participants are tasked with delivering designs for a new bird observation tower that is sensitive to the unique environment in which it will be located, while at the same time, has the potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right.
Although the competition has no set budget, the bird observation tower construction costs should not exceed US $200,000.
Participants must present designs for the following structures: tower and boardwalk.
THE COMPETITION SITE
The selected site for the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower is located in the North of the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. Site coordinates: 24.2617512, 54.6016963
- Cost-effective, environmentally responsible and energy efficient construction for remote areas with limited road access;
- Minimum / no mechanical excavation recommended.
1. Bird Observation Tower
- maximum combined floor area 400 m2
- potential to become a recognised international landmark;
- highly durable;
- maximum tower height – 12m;
- accessible for disabled visitors.
- modular system that can be replicated and adapted to different footbridge lengths and terrains (including water);
- highly durable;