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Under-35s design contest opens for St Petersburg summer cabins

The Yarky art hostel in St Petersburg has launched an open international competition to design five new summer cabins

Open only to architects aged under 35, the two-stage contest is part of the inaugural ‘YARKYFEST’ summer architecture festival running from 19 July to 2 August this year. 

Each £3,500 wooden hut must accommodate one or two persons and include facilities similar to a hotel room.

The five winners – to be announced on 20 June – will each receive £1,800 and be invited to construct their designs with help from professional builders on the hostel plot.

The Yarky art hostel is based on Englesa Prospekt in the north of the historic former Russian capital city.

During construction winning teams will be offered a free room and two daily meals. The huts will start on site when the festival opens and are expected to complete by 2 August.

Participating teams must include no more than four architects or designers aged under 35 years.

Entries will be judged on functionality, solidity, artistic value, originality and economic efficiency. Designs should be demountable so they can be easily transported and assembled in another place.

The jury will shortlist 10 schemes during the competition’s first, conceptual stage. The finalist teams will then be asked to further develop their projects before the winning five entries are selected.

The deadline for registration is 1 June and submissions must be completed by 10 June. 

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