Spain’s Concéntrico 05 festival has launched a pair of international contests for landmark architectural interventions in the city of Logroño
The anonymous competitions seek innovative proposals for a temporary timber intervention in an urban square and for another in a rural vineyard on the city fringe.
The winning teams will design and deliver the two structures out of Garnica plywood in time for the festival, which runs from 26 April to 1 May next year.
In its brief, the festival says it ‘invites you to explore the city through installations, exhibitions, discussions, activities and performances, creating a connection between places, squares, streets, terraces and hidden spaces that usually go unnoticed.
‘Each installation is created by a team of architects and/or designers who make proposals, experiment and explore new fields of design with their environment, thereby establishing a dialogue between heritage and contemporary architecture, which seeks to activate citizens’ reflection on these spaces.’
Logroño, in northern Spain, is a historic city overlooking the river Ebro and is the capital of the Rioja province. The Logroño International Festival of Architecture and Design – also known as Concéntrico – will deliver a series of pop-up installations and pavilions across the downtown area of the historic city next year.
The contests invite participants to draw up proposals incorporating 20 sheets of Garnica plywood for two landmark sites in Logroño. The first will be constructed in Plaza Santa Ana and the second at the Viña Lanciano vineyard (pictured) on the city fringe.
Submissions for each contest should include two A2-sized panels featuring conceptual images and a written description in either English or Spanish. Concepts will be judged on their viability, buildability and integration with the surrounding context.
The winning teams will receive €2,000 each plus materials to deliver their schemes in time for the festival. The deadline for applications is 1pm local time on 27 December.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Q&A with Javier Peña Ibañez
The organizer discusses his ambitions for the competition
Javier Peña Ibañez
Why are your holding competitions for two landmark architectural interventions in Logroño?
Concéntrico is an urban interventions festival that takes the city of Logroño as a point of reference to study these approaches to the urban. The competitions allow us to open the festival to proposals of architects and designers that we do not know and who have much to contribute to the festival, being a call for international participation.
What is your vision for the installations at Plaza Santa Ana and Viña Lanciano?
The locations have very different aspects. On the one hand, the Plaza de Santa Ana is a new square in the centre of the city within the medieval layout. It has a direct relationship with housing and with two churches, Palacio and San Bartolome, it is a public area that seeks to connect these areas in a more fluid way. The square has many urban elements and the important thing is to know how to integrate them into the proposal.
Viña Lanciano in part of Bodegas LAN, in the El Cortijo neighbourhood of Lorgroño, against the backdrop of the Sierra de Cantabria. Encircled by a spectacular bend of the Ebro river, on whose shores the remains of the Roman Mantible Bridge are found, this unique spot of 72 hectares stretches across different paths and plots. It is proposed to act as a crossroads between two paths, across the bands of the territory annexed together and marked by the vine plots and the paths. These areas are seen as adjacent but not connected: places of opportunity, encounters, and a relationship with the environment.
What sort of architects and designers are you hoping will apply?
Yes of course, all kind of participants are welcome. It is not necessary to collaborate with local firms. For example, at Concéntrico 03, the winning team was from Singapore, Kyle Fulton – Takanao Todo from DP Architects, the biggest architectural office from that country.
Which other design opportunities are on the horizon and how will the architects/designers be procured?
The festival have around 14 installations, so it is a result of a curated processes we develop to show many ways to act in the city. Next year, we will organise an Open call to participate in a French festival where Concéntrico will be the organiser of one urban installation.