Type: concept competition (entry fee is a requirement)
Function: unlimited
Site: Macau, China
Registration Deadline: 8th September 2019
Submission Deadline: 9th September 2019
Degree of Difficulty: ★★


Mentioning Macau, people always think of casinos, whose earnings make up 20-25% of Macau’s GDP in recent years. It is obvious that gambling and tourism are two supporting pillars of this city’s economy. Although there is a mild decline in gaming revenues these years, Macau is still predicted to become the richest city in the world. However, as South East Asian cities are trying to replicate its success, Macau’s dominance of being a leisure hub is facing increasingly fierce competition.

Due to the drop in the income in 2014, the goal of the authority is to reconsider and rebuild the economy, making Macau no longer dependent on gaming revenues. According to the report, it is suggested that Macau could make good use of its unique cultural heritage and rich tourist resources to stay competitive. As well, the exploration of non-gaming related entertainment can also be an unceasing engine for new growth, which provides a more diversified resort for visitors.

Macau consists of Macao Peninsula and other three tiny islands – Taipa, Cotai, and Coalane which lies in the south of the harbor. While most natives live on Macau peninsula in history, three islands do attract a lot of tourists because almost all the casinos are on the Cotai Strip. Because the government expects to boost economic performance through flourishing gambling industry, most of the existing lands were used for new casino investments, which partly promotes a large-scale land transformation. As a result, these separate islands have become closer and gradually merged into a wonderful tourist paradise. Three highway bridge across the sea stand out as solid braces; meanwhile, new lands are obtained by land reclamation.

Tourism and gambling are vital to its development, but this damages Macau and its locals’ benefits when most lands are assigned to the growth of Casinos complexes. It results in the handicaps on society and economy since residential spaces are deprived of.

Hence, with such a deficit and a lack of social spaces, whether Macau can still be a livable city is the pressing problem to solve. This competition invites designers to seek the lost spaces once belonging to local people and create new social spaces to regain the lost connection between the City of Casinos and its people. It calls for another voice – the advice and design of an alternative form of social and entertainment architecture which are different from the existing gambling culture.

Basic Information

1. Organizers

mOOO Architecture Design Competitions

2. Eligibility for Competition


3. Jury Panels

Viviana Muscettola [Associate Director & Zaha Hadid Architects, London]

Michela Falcone [Senior Architect & Zaha Hadid Architects, London]

Negar Moghtadaei [Founder & CEO & Tarkib Studio, Canada]

Yashar Montazeri [Founder & CEO & Tarkib Studio, Canada]

Zeth Ko [Senior Architect & Snøhetta, Hong Kong]

Nicola Campri [Founder & Partner & Fosbury Architecture, Italy]

4. Content

Around the theme, that is, Macau Morphosis, architects need to make full use of newly reclaimed land as well as design livable urban spaces and new social spaces to recover the connection between the city and its residents.

Entrants could pick a site from Zone A, B and C to begin the design. The architecture could be a theatre, or cultural and art center, or sports complex. Or it could be a theme park, or amusement park, or carnival. It even could be any public recreational facilities which can redefine social spaces in the City of Casinos.

5. Entry Fees

  Early Bird Entry


(Until 04 Aug 2019)

Standard Entry


(Until 04 Sept 2019)

Last Minute Entry


(Until 24 Sept 2019)

Students €50 €65 €80
Architectural Designers €80 €95 €110
Registered Architects and Practices €95 €110 €135

6. Timetable

Early Bird Register: 11th June 2019 – 10th July 2019

Standard Entry: 10th July 2019 – 9th August 2019

Last Minute Entry: 9th August 2019 – 8th September 2019

Submission Deadline: 9th September 2019

Announcement of Winners: November 2019

7. Awards

Top 36 entries will be selected for the list. Also, 12 shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to be the final winners.

3 Winners: €1000 each and publications

9 Finalists: publications

3 People’s Choice: €200 each

24 Honorable Mention: publications

For more details and registration,

please check https://moooarch.com/competitions/macau-morphosis/.

If you have any questions about this competition, please feel welcome to contact us, it’s completely free. Meanwhile, for further information related to 3d rendering, we Aimir is ready to provide help for you.

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