To put the notion of “people-centered development” into effect, Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources has organized a series of competitions themed “Center on People, Design for City” since 2018. Focusing on public facilities in urban space, the serial competitions publicly solicit design proposals to create fine public spaces and thus improve the functional quality of cities.
Five widely influential events have been held so far, including the Competition for Blood Donation Facilities in Key Areas of Nanjing, the Competition for Nanjing Metro Station Entrance and Exit, the Competition for Micro Stations in Jiangsu Horticultural Expo Garden, the Maigaoqiao Street Covered Bridge Design Competition, and the Competition for Landscape Facilities in Nanjing Green Expo Garden. The sixth event will be yet another design competition committed to vacant lands in the urban area, services for people’s livelihood, and ecological remediation.
Under the theme of “Viewing Pavilion · Micro Building”, this competition propounds the notions of “Viewing Pavilion by the Market” and “Viewing Pavilion by the water” based on what is needed for people’s wellbeing as well as the environment, respectively. Aiming to facilitate the renewal and upgrading of public landscape space in the urban area, demonstrative sites for livelihood service provision and ecological conservation will be created in line with the concept of “vertical environment – community unit”.
The competition is open to participants at home and abroad, and the winning proposal will be implemented. It is hoped that through consultation, joint contribution and sharing, this event can facilitate urban renovation and ecological remediation and thus enhance the gratification and contentment of citizens.
The jury is constituted by well-known architects and established scholars: Prof. Per Olaf Fjeld, Professor Emeritus and former President of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Prof. Christian Kerez at ETH Zurich, Prof. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto at Tokyo Institute of Technology and lead architect of Atelier Bow-Wow, Prof. Wang Weijen at Department of Architecture, Hong Kong University and lead architect of Wang Weijen Architecture, and Prof. Ge Ming at Southeast University. These experts are invited to select out excellent proposals through collective decision making.
The name “Viewing Pavilion” is comprised of two parts. The first part, “Viewing”, comes from the four-fold function of the traditional Chinese garden: walking, viewing, dwelling, and touring. The second part, “Pavilion” is derived from “pavilions, terraces, and towers”, iconic structures in traditional Chinese architecture. Thus it is a synthesis of behavior and type. Economical with land use, this project, by means of minimal intervention, manifests the concept of “vertical environment-community unit” and mirrors the ecology and people’s livelihood through both the dynamics of “viewing” and the static being of the “pavilion”.
The image of the viewing pavilion should echo and vitalize the environment. Functionally, it should be service-oriented, providing a place of ascent while catering to the needs of the neighbors. In terms of construction, the prototype should be refined and implementable.
The sites for this competition are plots A and B, corresponding to the two notions of “Viewing Pavilion by the Market” and “Viewing Pavilion by the Water” respectively. You can base your design on EITHER of the two plots.
1. Viewing Pavilion by the Market (Plot A)
Plot A is located in the Daishan Culture and Sports Plaza in Yuhuatai District, covering an area of approximately 2500 square meters. Contestants choosing this plot can base the design on any area within the designated scope (see the graph below). The existing structures in the plot can be demolished if required by your design.
Functionally, the Viewing Pavilion by the Market should be a landmark of marketplace culture or of the surrounding landscape. It must be able to overlook the marketplace while allowing a view to the distant Daishan (Mount Dai). It is required to design together with the plaza. It is required to provide space for rest, management, and furnish a small amount of supporting services. These functions can be placed at a high level. The highest point of the designed structure shall not exceed 18 meters. The area should amount to 100 square meters, including observation platforms and other places for viewing and resting, as well as rooms for community supporting services and marketplace management with an interior area of about 50 square meters.
2. Viewing Pavilion by the Water (Plot B)
Plot B is located in the No.3 Bridge Wetland Park, Yuhuatai District, covering an area of approximately 2500 square meters. Contestants choosing this plot can base the design on any site within the designated scope (see the graph below). The water and the wetland can be modified properly if needed by your design.
Functionally, the Viewing Pavilion by the Water should be an observation spot for the riverside wetland ecology. It must be able to overlook the water while offering an elevation which allows a distant view of the Yangtze River. It is required to provide space for rest, management, and furnish a small amount of tourist services and supporting services for scientific research. These functions can be placed at a high level. The highest point of the designed structure shall not exceed 18 meters. In terms of the area, the coverage should be roughly 100 square meters, including platforms or other places for viewing and resting, as well as rooms for tourist services and research supporting services with an interior area of about 50 square meters.
Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources
People’s Government of Yuhuatai District, Nanjing
Yuhuatai Branch of Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources
Divison of Planning and Construction, Management Committee of China (Nanjing) Software Valley
- Academic Counselors
Prof. Per Olaf Fjeld
Prof. Christian Kerez
Prof. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Prof. Ge Ming
Prof. Wang Weijen
- Executive Agency
Nanjing Creative Design Center
This competition is open to all individuals and organizations in China and abroad. Any design organizations, independent designers, students, and individuals of other occupations are welcome to participate.
From November 11th, 2021, contestants shall send “Viewing Pavilion” to the official WeChat account of the competition organizing committee, named “Nanjing Creative Design Center” (WeChat ID: NDC-CHINA), or visit the official website of Nanjing Creative Design Center (http://www.ncdc.org.cn/), to download the pertinent materials. The entry form and design plan shall be sent together to [email protected] with “Viewing Pavilion · Micro Building Design Competition for the Vertical Environment-Community Unit in Nanjing” in the subject header by 0:00, March 1st, 2022.
Contestants can be individuals, teams, or organizations. Design plans that have already been implemented, published, or involved in other competitions are not eligible for participation.
- Drawings and Texts
- A brief description (300 words maximum);
- Site plan;
- A complete set of drawings that clearly manifest your design intent (e.g. plan, elevation, section, overall perspective views, detail drawings of a part, etc.). No restriction on the means of manifestation;
- It is forbidden to show on the drawing any information as to the identity of the designer. Non-observance will lead to disqualification.
- Layout Requirements
- Format: Electronic file, either PDF or JPG;
- Size: 841mm (W) * 1189mm (H);
- Precision: not less than 300dpi;
- Page: One page in vertical layout.
- Design Submission
November 11th, 2021 – 0:00, March 1st, 2022 (deadline for design submission)
- Site Survey and Q&A
Site surveys and Q&A sessions will be organized in late November and early December, 2021.
- Jury Review
From March to April 2022, two rounds of jury review will be convened. The preliminary review will determine the shortlisted entries, and the final review will determine the winners of the first, second and third prizes.
- Online Voting
From March to April 2022, the shortlisted entries will be announced for online voting. Based on the voting results, “Award of Online Popularity” will be conferred. This award is also accessible to winners of the first, second and third prizes.
- Result Announcement
In late April 2022, the competition results will be announced.
- Commendation and Exhibition
In May 2022, the winners will be publicized and commended, and the winning proposals will be displayed in a dedicated exhibition.
- 1 first prize winner, bonus: RMB 100,000 yuan (about US$15,700);
- 3 second prize winners, bonus: RMB 50,000 yuan (about US$7,850) for each;
- 6 third prize winners, bonus: RMB 20,000 yuan (about US$3,140) for each;
- 6 winners of Award of Online Popularity, bonus: RMB 5,000 (about US$785) for each.
Note: The bonus amounts above are pre-tax.
- Other Rewards
- The winning designers and plans will be announced and commended;
- Selected award-winning plans will be carried out for construction;
- Certificates will be awarded to the winning organizations and individuals.
- Contestants must truthfully fill in personal information and meet all the requirements of this event, if any. Organizational contestants must have the entry form stamped with the official seal and submit a scanned copy of the business license (also stamped). Individual contestants must sign the entry form and submit a scanned copy of the personal ID card (also signed). Incomplete submission will result in disqualification. The entry form shall be submitted digitally as a scanned copy or photo.
- Contestants should complete the design task as required. Each contestant can only submit one proposal. The submitted proposal must be complete; incomplete proposals will be deemed invalid. Submission of multiple proposals will result in disqualification.
- Contestants should guarantee the originality of the submissions. Verified plagiarism will result in disqualification.
- The copyright of the winning entries is jointly possessed by the designer and the organizing committee. During the follow-up construction, the detailed design of the working drawings will be entrusted to the original designer as a priority choice, or alternatively, to a third-party institution. The copyright of the non-shortlisted entries belongs to the designer.
- The topographic drawings provided as part of the competition materials can only be used for this competition and must not serve any other purposes; otherwise there could be consequences.
- The organizing committee reserves the right of final explanation for the competition rules.
Email: [email protected]
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