Thanks to everybody that took part in our competition and made it such a great experience for us! From all registered teams, we have received 369 projects from 63 countries (more info here). Today we have announced the winning projects in special award ceremony in Sofia.
The jury was in Sofia between March 7 and March 10 and had a great challenge to judge all projects. The first day was a review of all submitted projects where the jury voted whether the project should continue into the next stage or not. Each member had the chance to nominate additional projects even if they did not collect enough votes and in that way bring them back to the table of discussions. On the following day there was a rigorous debate over the shortlist and in the end the following 5 awards were given by the jury:
We are happy to inform you that 566 participants from 79 countrieshave registered in the competition and we are very excited to see their projects!
All participants should have received individual ftp accounts with user name and password. If you haven’t received one yet, inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can open your account with windows explorer or other free ftp client and you will see a blank folder, where you can copy-paste your files. Please include both pdf and jpg files of all boards, as well one cover image, which we will use as front image for our online gallery. The competition is not anonymous and you must have your team name on the boards.
You must upload your files by the end of February 28. If you plan to send printed boards or models, we must receive them by March 7 at latest, because that is when the jury arrives in Sofia. However, you still have to upload the same boards digitally by the end of February 28 in order the jury to get acquainted with the projects in advance. The jury will have only two days in Sofia to judge 500+ submissions and that is why it is crucial to review the projects in advance and make initial selection in the week between March 1 and March 7.
If you send only digital files, they will be shown to they jury on HD projectors and 40′ HD tv screens.
The winners of the competition will be announced on March 14 on a special award ceremony in Sofia. More details about it will be available later.
Don’t forget to join our Facebook page. We will upload all projects there!
In the Funtopia Brochure you can find some sample layouts. In the Ropetopia brochure you can get some ideas about our rope courses. Don’t forget to check out most recent projects. The Collider Activity Center is a sample project that we have developed for MAPIC exhibition. Even though it is not meant to be built and doesn’t include all the functions listed in the competition, it is still a good reference and might answer some of your questions about the project assignment.
DKV Architecten has its base in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and is led by the partners Roel Bosch, Herman de Kovel and Paul de Vroom. From its inception in 1984 the office has realized a sequence of projects in the fields of housing, urban planning, commercial and public building which have been received with acclaim in their homeland and abroad. In the course of time DKV worked on projects in and near Barcelona, in Scandinavia, Germany and Belgium. At the moment a large housing district is being implemented in Greater Moscow. DKV is known for its analytical wording method based on typological models.
Paul de Vroom has graduated with honours at the TU-Delft. After a close involvement in the first three years of OMA-Rotterdam he co-founded DKV. He is visiting professor at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam and also teached and lectured at the other universities and academies of Holland. Furthermore he gives lectures and is involved in workshops in many places abroad, from cities like Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Toronto to Madrid, Milan, Karslruhe, Bucarest, Sofia, Moscow and Dushanbé (Kyrgistan). Paul de Vroom lives and works simultaneously in Rotterdam and Barcelona, Catalunya, a region were he frequently is involved in lecturing, teaching and investigation. Furthermore he has been jury member for several international workshops and awards. He has been guest-editor of British magazine Time-Based Architecture and member of the editorial staff of the Dutch architectural magazine Forum.
Reinhard Joecks, architect and partner at Foster+Partners, has confirmed his participation in the jury!
Reinhard Joecks studied architecture at Karlsruhe University in Germany, graduating in 1985. After completing his studies he worked first in Vienna and than in Cologne on a number of residential projects and office developments.
He joined Foster + Partners in Germany in 1994, initially working on the Micro Electronic centre in Duisburg. He was involved from the early design stages through to later phases, working on detailed drawings alongside the construction team. He was later project architect for the Essen Design museum and was made an associate in 1996.
As head of the Dusseldorf office he led the Arag Headquarters project. He co-ordinated design and detailed working drawings as well as production information and on-site co-ordination for the 30-storey, 30,000 sqm office tower. Subsequent office buildings included the competition-winning scheme for theGerling Ring Karree in Cologne, where he was project architect for a 59,000 sqm mixed-use high and a low-rise development, the SMS Demag Headquarters project in Dusseldorf.
Promoted to project director in 2001, he worked on new high-rise buildings in the Netherlands and masterplans in Europe and the Middle East. Recent work has included the Black Sea Gardens eco-village in Bulgaria, mixed-use developments in Singapore, Tripoli and Baku. He has most recently been involved in the new Kuwait International Airport which is planned to significantly increase capacity and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf. He was made a partner in 2005.
Have look at the Space Design Boulder that we presented at OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen 2012.
The interior climbing walls and boulders in the Collider Activity Center will most likely be Space Design, although we are open to suggestions by the participants. The exterior facade climbing wall can be any kind of design including a completely new type that the participants suggest as a climbing surface.
Walltopia Ltd is presenting the Collider Activity Center competition at Sofia Architecture Week on 1st December, 18:30h at NDK, fl.5, hall 6, Sofia. You will have the chance to meet and ask questions Ivaylo Penchev, the main investor of the project and general manager of Walltopia Ltd.