Lifeguard towers will become architectural reference points for tourist cities, adding value to the natural and urban environment.
Register: JUL/24/2020, Submit: AUG/08/2020, Eligibility: Architects, architecture students; individually, teams up to 5 members, Fee: 52 USD (APR/20 – MAY/22/2020), 72 USD (MAY/23 – JUN/23/2020), 97 USD (JUN/24 – JUL/24/2020), Awards: 1st Place: 2,500 USD, 3 Honorable Mentions
It is well known that safety is your most important issue among populations in large and small cities, and more so in tourist areas, where it houses people from all over the world, who do not necessarily know every road they cross. With this reasoning we want to propose an architectural element, easy to identify, with a light and removable structure and considerable height that allows you to have a clear vision of the proposed environment and help to reduce the insecurity in the area. It is intended to be replicable in massive events such as beaches, parks and squares. A high confinement project (lifeguard tower) will be conceptualized as an architectural element that, with its visual art, will become reference points for tourist cities, adding value to the natural and urban environment. The lifeguard tower will serve as a watchtower on beaches for lifeguards and will have a first aid area and a tourist information pavilion on the ground floor. The same prototype could be replicated in parks, urban squares and massive events such as concerts or sporting events.
Lighting will play a very important role in the design, since these elements on the horizon will become points of attraction for the context where they are located. All the architectural elements must be framed in a sustainable environment.
The contestant may suggest the location of the lifeguard tower, sites may be combined or focus on only one: beaches, parks or squares, however its form and function should serve for the 3 types of locations.
The following architectural program is a guide to the elements that should contain the same, but the size and quantities can be modified or changed by the participant as long as the proposal is justified in function and form of the proposed building.
- Platform with stairway: 2 persons
- Closed circuit TV base: 2 computers
- Lockers and Sanitary: private
- Space for wounded: 2 persons
- Medical shelf: specialist use
- Temporary shelter: 5 persons
- Information kiosk: public – first ground
- Drinking water: public
- Electric charging point: public
- Emergency number: public
- Internet Wi-Fi: public
- Spaces can be combined but cannot exceed 25 m2
- The height can be increased depending on the location but it cannot exceed 7.5 m maximum height.
- The proposed construction system can be dismantled at any time.
- It must be able to generate its own energy in a self-sustainable way.
The official language of the contest is in Spanish.
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