CASH PRIZE 15.000 € Deadline 9th June 2021

WWF OBSERVATION CABINS

Brief

Soil consumption, deforestation, poaching. If the numerous species living on Earth had a voice, there would be a deafening cry of pain rising from deserts, mountains, burning forests and polluted skies. 

In the fight for the protection of ecosystems there are no winners or losers. Yet, human beings seem to linger. While the delicate balances supporting this planet are eroding, anachronistic economic systems linger over reversing course of a race for a progress with no future and a wealth with no tomorrow.    

 


This is the awareness at the base of WWF’s initiatives. For sixty years, WWF has been giving voice to the silent cry of those who have none to ask for help. WWF’s oases were created to achieve this goal. They aim at protecting the abundance of this planet and the right to exist of every living creature.    

However, there is no protection without knowledge. There is no conservation without access. Protecting means giving access to the wonders of Mother Nature. This is because only by enjoying the existing beauty one can fall in love with it and only by falling in love with it one can become an active player in defending our planet.  

This is the goal of WWF Observation Cabins. This is YAC’s and WWF’s competition to support one of the most ancient WWF’s oases. Such competition aims at creating a place where to raise awareness, where visitors can reconcile with nature by enjoying and acknowledging the beauty that lies where human beings manage to remain silent and listen.  


Thanks to this competition architects will have the opportunity to play a crucial role in defending the planet designing observation points and a visitors’ center. Such elements will stand for a perfect combination of species, training place and beauty. This place will be a space to protect and safeguard nature. 

 

This competition aims to rediscover the main identity of architecture, namely being a “tamed” nature where human beings can be moved by bright sunsets, be amazed by flying pink flamingos or tremble at the freezing touch of west breezes.    

 


YAC thanks all the architects who will take part in this challenge. 

 

1st PRIZE
8.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

2nd PRIZE
4.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

3rd PRIZE
2.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 2 GOLD MENTIONS
500 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

30 FINALIST MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

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Jury

Sou Fujimoto
SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS
Kazuyo Sejima
SANAA
Patrick Lüth
SNØHETTA
Mariana de Delás
MARIANA DE DELÁS
Raulino Silva
RAULINO SILVA ARQUITECTO
Simon Frommenwiler
HHF ARCHITECTS
Nicola Scaranaro
FOSTER + PARTNERS
Giulio Rigoni
BJARKE INGELS GROUP
Marco Cattaneo
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Fulco Pratesi
WWF ITALIA
Gilda Ruberti
REGION TUSCANY
Renato Grimaldi
ITALIAN MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Carlo Alessandro Puri Negri
BLUE SGR

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ

Is it allowed to demolish the existing architectures?

The existing architectures will be demolished. Therefore, they  shall not be taken  into account for the design.

Is it necessary to camouflage the new architectures in nature?

There is no need to camouflage the new architectures  in nature: fauna is not scared by still objects.

Is there any restriction on the height of the new structures?

Yes, the new architectures of the visitors’ center shall measure maximum 6 meters in height; while the raised observation points (“watchtowers”) shall measure maximum 7 meters in height.

Which is the minimum/maximum area required for each function listed in the program?

There are no restrictions about the minimum/maximum area allowed for each function listed in the program, as long as the functions related to the visitors’ center (mentioned in the program at page 10 of the brief, point 2, i, ii, iii, iv, v) shall be included in the specific areas mentioned in the program. Namely, the functions i, ii, iii of the visitors’ center shall be included in the area B ; the function iv of the visitors’ center shall be included in the area B or in the area C, the function v of the visitors’ center shall be included in the area C.

Is it mandatory to use the same scales mentioned in the brief under “Materials”?

It is allowed to use different scales from those mentioned in the brief, according to the scales you consider as better showing your project idea and allowing the best comprehension of it.

Is it mandatory to develop all the functions listed in the program?

It is recommended to develop all the functions listed in the program. However, the composition, integration and reshuffling of the functions listed in the program, the focus on one rather than the other is part of the competition and shall be under total discretion of participants.

CALENDAR / FEES / DEADLINES

Calendar

15 March 2021
11 April 2021
Early Bird Registration
65 €/ team *
12 April 2021
9 May 2021
Standard Registration
85 €/ team *
10 May 2021
6 June 2021
Late Registration
115 €/ team *
MATERIAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE
9 June 2021
Jury summoning
14 June 2021
Results announcement
19 July 2021
*+22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

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