An international contest has been announced to design a 700m² visitor and education centre in Rike Park, Tbilisi, Georgia
The single-stage anonymous competition seeks proposals for a landmark tourist attraction showcasing the natural beauty of protected rural areas across Georgia, including Kazbegi, Kintrishi, Algeti and Pshav-Khevsureti.
The project, backed by the German government’s KfW Development Bank, will transform a site close to Studio Fuksas’s partially completed concert hall within the capital’s 5.3ha waterfront Rike Park. Proposals must feature an exhibition space, workshop, cafeteria, souvenir shop, offices, a meeting room and toilets.
According to the brief: ‘This one-stage, open anonymous competition calls for an architectural company and engineer team to design a new Visitor and Education Centre of approx. 700sqm in Rike Park, Tbilisi. It forms part of the Support Programme for Protected Areas (PAs) in the Caucasus-Georgia (SPPA-Georgia), financed by the German government through KfW Development Bank.
‘The centre will operate as both an exhibition and educational facility, promoting and informing visitors about Georgia’s protected areas. The competition seeks a unique design concept, reflecting the intentions of the SPPA-Georgia by incorporating sustainable design principles. An exhibition concept will be elaborated in parallel by an exhibition consultant appointed by the contracting authority.’
Tbilisi is the capital and largest city in Georgia with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the settlement has witnessed a surge in landmark projects with many backed by the country’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili.
The latest competition, organised by Cityförster, will create a waterfront destination for visitors and school groups with displays focusing on picturesque rural settings throughout Georgia.
Entries should also include a landscaping vision that responds to the surrounding area.
Submissions should include up to three A1 boards featuring plans, elevations, sections, explanatory diagrams, a sustainability concept, and both exterior and interior visualisations. Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost. An exhibition designer will be appointed separately.
The overall winner, to be announced on 12 February, will receive £5,400 and a contract to develop the scheme up to planning submission. A runner-up prize of £2,070 and second prize of £990 will also be awarded.
The deadline for applications is 3pm local time (CEST) on 21 January.
How to apply
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