The Swiss Alps town of Andermatt has launched an international design competition to masterplan and design its new downtown area development
The project aims to build a new railway station, sports centre and ‘Valley Station’ shuttle train terminal on a ‘low-lying’ triangular shaped site which links the old Andermatt village to a new resort.
Entries should consist of urban planning designs that incorporate ‘attractive’ mixed-use schemes and ‘interesting’ spatial development, according to the brief.
A statement from the competition organisers said: ‘This new downtown area will eventually become a vibrant hub, where locals, resort guests and day visitors will meet. Designs should reflect this, as well as effectively linking the two parts of the village.
‘The international teams will be expected to plan a variety of public uses, such as leisure facilities, attractive promenades, squares and adventure areas as well as a range of services including cafés, restaurants, shops, health care institutions and apartments. Wide open green spaces should be included in addition to the buildings, streets and squares.’
The deadline for registration is 14 March 2011, and teams have until 18 April 2011 to submit their designs. The procedural language is German.
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The planning and architecture competition will take place in two phases. In Phase 1 candidates will be pre‐selected on the basis of their design. Up to 15 projects will then be selected by the jury and will move forward to Phase 2. The final results are expected in Winter 2011.
Andermatt Swiss Alps AG will act as the commissioning client, but major landowners and spokespersons will also be involved in the procedure. They include the Canton of Uri; the Municipality of Andermatt; Matterhorn Gotthard‐Bahn MGB; Andermatt‐Gotthard Sportbahnen AGS; Swiss Confederation, Armasuisse, Immobilien (Swiss Army, Real Estate); ASTRA, Bundesamt für Strassen (Federal Highways Agency); Andermatt Tourismus AG.
At the design stage (Phase 1) the sum of CHF 10,000 (incl. VAT) will be paid for each selected project (up to 15 proposals). A total of CHF 150,000 (incl. VAT) will be available for the planning stage (Phase 2).