Building resonance between Architecture and Ecology: Ashore – an Eco-sensitive Pier design competition held by UNI

October 08 09:29 2021
Building resonance between Architecture and Ecology:  Ashore - an Eco-sensitive Pier design competition held by UNI

Visual from the competition Ashore on
UNI is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the Ashore Design Competition. Established in 2017, UNI is one of the world’s most prestigious architecture and design competition platform known globally.

With the increased work and busy schedule, people tend to escape their everyday life and places. As a result, ecotourism emerged aiming to provide an undisturbed experience of eco spots but the development in infrastructure tends to overwhelm the city. The incessant building is serving the contrary and there are new solutions needed to change that.

Organized by, the purpose of the competition is to create a space for leisure which are vanishing with excessive commercialization by the tourism industry. While designing a leisure spot, the participants should take into consideration that the place should be evolving, universal, and in cohesion with surrounding in order to conceive growth and nature in one frame.

The design brief

The competition is an investigation of the public space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of an interactive and adaptive pier. It is the exploration and adaptation of pier- a functional place to get on and off boats or recreational between two entities-nature and humankind – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design is expected by the organizers.

The participants are expected to design an eco-sensitive pier that acts as a recreational sport and a viewpoint for the visitors. Uni recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine design through materials, programs, aesthetics, spatial organizations, and the implementation of technologies; along with studies on adaptability, globalization, and flexibility.

The site, program, and size of the design proposal are extensively discussed in the design brief. The key objectives are to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage in the project without constraints in the most creative way. Some important questions raised by the challenge are: How can design help carry the subtle message of environmental awakening to the visitors? Can construction be capable of improving the condition of the existing environment? How will the aspects of functionality and aesthetics be managed to create a responsive design?

The intent of the competition

UNI is committed to continuing stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as an eco-sensitive pier viewing deck, its impact on oceans ecological balance and on the humankind.

Architects, students, engineers, and designers are invited to participate in the competition. We encourage you to have multidisciplinary teams.

The Jury Panel:

Carmen Barrós: CEO, WaterScales architects, Madrid, Spain

Francisco del Corral del Campo: CEO, WaterScales architects, Madrid, Spain

About the jurors:

WaterScales was borns during the spring of the year 2011, as a multidisciplinary ensemble composed of experienced professionals focused on space creation. It links creative teaching at the university with research and professional work. Among its main interests is Water, the essential creator of the different scales of our perception, the basic and the structural material of our projects from the territorial scale up to the most intimate one. WaterScales architects are focused on research, teaching, and working in different scales of landscape and architecture, territorial, domestic and intimate, mainly using water as an essential and creative material of the space. They have received several national and international prizes and their work has been extensively published.

The registration for the competition will end on22 November 2021, 8:30 PM GMT+05:30 and the participants are expected to submit their design entries by23 November 2021, 8:30 PM GMT+05:30. Team Uni will shortlist 30 entries and the winners and honorable mention from these shortlisted entries will be published on the website and published in the book to be released in 2022.

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