Rethink about the table, benches, chairs, litter bins or a set of them with precast concrete.
Register: SEP/30/2021, Submit: SEP/30/2021, Eligibility: Students of 18 years old and above and young professionals of 30 years or less in the field of design, architecture, interior design and interior architecture, landscape design and architecture, engineering; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize: 2,000 EUR, 2nd Prize: 1,200 EUR, 3rd Prize: 800 EUR, Honorable Mentions
Concrete is everywhere to help us build strong and practical environments. Yet, is it often seen as grey and cold, but in reality, there are a lot of possibilities of producing precast concrete, with different colours and finishings. Architectural concrete is high quality concrete made with real stones of different colors of cement. Different finishing can be applied for different texture effects. It then can become soft, smooth, velvet or sandy following the chosen technique. Concrete is molded in shapes. It can receive a structural reinforcement made of a metallic structure or fibers.
THEME OF THE COMPETITION
”Recreate Concrete Outdoor Picnic Furniture” is an open competition of ideas based on the theme of street /urban furniture and picnic. It must be thought in the spirit of precast architectural concrete in its major proportion. Other elements made of materials like wood, steel, synthetic, etc. can be added as useful complementary elements.
We propose you to reinvent the way we are having outdoor picnics in a fresh, eco, new, open, inclusive way. We invite you to rethink about the table, benches, chairs, litter bins or a set of them… with precast concrete to (re)create a great experience in family, with friends, with your partner or on your own maybe.
We invite you to think about what we do during these outdoor picnics, what are the weather conditions, what do we eat, drink, do? How do we cook or prepare? Is there music? Etc. You can think about urban picnics for workers having their lunch outside the office, the family visiting a city or a touristic area, a welcome halt near a bicycle road in the countryside, etc. What do you do on or with or at a picnic table? Think about being inclusive, about design for all, about kids and grandparents, babies, people with physical or cognitive handicaps… Think about the 17 sustainable goals of the United Nations. Think about colours! Precast concrete is not white or grey, it can be quite colourful, shaped, textured. Think also maybe about pets, maybe wild animals not necessarily invited and think about recycling or what to do with the remains of your picnic for example. We don’t want to pollute the surroundings. Think about the environment, lifecycle, maintenance. Think maybe also about a way to personalize the furniture with the logo of a city or an association.
Hint: Think about the fun of having a picnic or maybe the quietness that people are looking for having a picnic. Do you want to play or rest? Do you want to sit in great comfort or you want people to eat and go? What would make people enjoy a great picnic outside? You can also think also about the people that need to take care of the furniture (or maybe there is no need for anybody to take care of it?), the cleaning, how to avoid damages, vandalism…
Concrete outdoor furniture can be fun and playful! A simple product has as many chances to win as a complex one. All concepts are welcome.
We invite you not to use electronics with the furniture, although it is thinkable that your furniture could spark or interact with a Smartphone in a passive way. The furniture must not be linked to any electrical power source. The furniture designed must not be dangerous or harmful.
BONUS AMONG THE WINNERS
The Sponsor commits itself to help develop and produce at least one prototype among the three winning projects at its own expense (value of several thousands of euros). Therefore, the project must be realistic and feasible.
The Sponsor commits itself to pay a royalty fee for every element produced if the project goes on the market in agreement with the winner. The royalty fee will be negotiated in agreement with the winner and will not be smaller than 2% and not more than 8% of the Sponsor sales price depending on the complexity of the project.
You can submit up to three different entries per person.
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