Register: 05/16/2016, Submit: 05/16/2016, Eligibility: Architects, architecture students, legal persons, individually, multidisciplinary teams, Fee: Free, Awards: Professionals – 1st Prize 40,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 20,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 10,000 EUR, Students – Special Mentions
The Businessmen’s Association for High Quality Property (DOM3) brings together entrepreneurs and professionals with expertise in various sectors, united by a common problem, whose objective is to promote actions to preserve and encourage the business of design, development and construction of high quality housing in Marbella and its influential surroundings.
DOM3 believes in the exchange of information, in mutual cooperation and combined action as a vector for the development of the sector and for the Marbella brand of tourism.
In its pursuit of excellence, DOM3 is pleased to announce the second edition of the Architecture Award DOM3 PRIZE for the design of world-class housing developments.
World-class housing, villas and apartments, are the characteristics of excellence in this area, the flagship of urban planning in Marbella and its influential surroundings. It should be highlighted that the amount of revenue generated by residential tourists owning these upmarket units has a large impact on the local economy.
In this second edition of the DOM3 PRIZE, the promoter Urbania International, through its Urbania Santa Clara Development IV company, is making available to contestants three plots for the development of a harmonized architectural complex of detached villas and apartments in the privileged setting of the Santa Clara de Marbella Urbanisation.
Purpose and Location
The purpose of this award is to promote development within the up market developments sector in Marbella and its surrounding influential area, whilst at the same time strengthening and consolidating the Marbella trademark on an international level as a destination for residential tourism.
The proposal is to reflect on prestigious housing whilst at the same time striving for excellence in design, opening a debate on this type of beautiful, sustainable and modern architecture. On that basis, participants will be able to develop projects of special interest. The intention therefore, apart from this privileged and perfect setting ( in this second edition, three plots of Santa Clara urbanization), is to inspire the creation of a harmonized architectural project of semi-detached villas and apartments where contestants manage to unify architecture, landscaping and interior design.
The location of plots 2.6, 2.7 and 2.9 in Santa Clara urbanization, initially proposed for the award, is shown in zipAnnex 1, together with the mandatory urban provisions. The plots have a surface of about 12,270 sqm, 27,423 sqm and 19,412 sqm respectively. All of their features will be available in the Technical Specifications list annexed to these rules.
The design concept intended with this competition is to achieve a residential space which encourages relationships between the residents. All three plots should have an organised unity, connecting the architectural proposals and creating areas of natural interaction between the inhabitants of the three plots.
Until the twentieth century, there were many meeting places in towns and villages, depending on the places and times; life was structured around markets, plazas, town halls, railway stations and other central areas.
These places were naturally conducive to creating relationships between inhabitants, and word of mouth was the primary means of communication, entertainment and information between citizens.
Nowadays, new technologies allow us to interact without physical presence. In the developed world, former places to meet and/or socialise have disappeared under skyscrapers, shopping centers and office buildings.
One of the most important changes in the design of residential areas in the XXI century is to incorporate places which naturally promote interaction between people; this ambition must always be foremost in our minds.
It is intended that the project confers on this community the true meaning of that word, that is, to become a place where people not only live alongside each other but also actively live together and share their dreams and those of their children.
To achieve this goal, the proposal should consider the creation of places or areas to encourage interaction among residents. Some of the most important inclusions would be:
Squares or meeting places, where people could engage in communal pastimes, leisure activities etc., as done in the Agoras of ancient Athens or in Roman Forums. Bars, cafes, and or restaurants could feature here, favouring interrelationships between neighbours.
Parks, well-landscaped green areas – creating a green contrast to traffic and concrete are other elements to consider. Other potential areas to promote socialising such as playgrounds, play areas for dogs, sports courts, picnic areas and/or barbecues, etc. It is very important that parents and children have places where they can enjoy experiences together, amongst themselves and in harmony with other families. Parents can converse and network with other parents whilst their children play, enjoying themselves at the same time as the children.
Areas for dogs are another very interesting way of encouraging interaction as they lead to conversations between dog owners and therefore naturally provide a new way to develop friendships.
In the master plan these three plots should be considered as a single unit, while taking into account the peculiarities of each individually, and the need to function independently of each other, since their construction and delivery to future owners will be phased.