The RIBA has launched a contest to design its £30,000 corporate stand at next year’s Futurebuild sustainability trade show
Open to RIBA chartered members and practices, the single-phase competition seeks ‘highly visible and dynamic’ proposals for the prominent 100m² concession which will feature both a bookshop and a ‘feature space’ intended to draw in visitors.
The project – supported by Rockwool and Rockpanel – aims to ‘promote our members and the profession while adding an exciting architectural element’ to the major industry exhibition which runs from 5 to 7 March at EXceL in London.
In its brief, the RIBA says it will ‘make use of the space to promote the RIBA brand, sell relevant architecture publications and promote the benefits of RIBA membership. We are looking to select a creative and ingenious architect/practice who can help us achieve our aims.
‘Our aim is to turn the 10m x 10m space, stand D55 in the buildings hub, on the event’s central walkway, into a vibrant architect-designed bookshop and feature space that has improved acoustic architectural design to dampen surrounding noise - achieved by using the latest Rockwool and Rockpanel products. Detailed plans of the space, along with the full plans of the hall, and images will be made available to the winner.’
The call for concepts comes a year after the institute held a contest for a £10,000 lounge, bookshop and meeting space at the Ecobuild trade show (pictured, winning scheme by Freehaus) which has now been subsumed into Futurebuild.
The latest contest seeks proposals for a ‘feature space’ for the RIBA, integrating either an art installation or interactive element which will draw visitors into the concession. The winning scheme will be constructed and dressed in the course of two days prior to Futurebuild opening.
Submissions must be no larger than 10 sides of A4 and should include a biography, justification for applying, design team details and information about three relevant projects. A high-level project budget must also be included.
Applications will be judged on creativity, deliverability, experience of temporary structures and positive track record in logistical and operational outcomes.
The overall winner will receive £7,500 and be appointed to deliver the scheme and manage the contractor.
The deadline for applications is 2pm, 16 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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