The Roseville Downtown Development Authority has announced an open contest for a community-focused pavilion on a prominent downtown site
The competition invites student and professional architects to draw up proposals for a new pavilion and community gathering space on a disused, city-owned plot on Utica Road near the junction with Gratiot Avenue.
The project aims to boost recreational, retail and artistic development in the area, known as Utica Junction, which is at the geographic heart of Roseville city and around 20km north-east of Detroit. Proposals must integrate a three-sided information kiosk, be fully accessible and reflect cultural aspects of the surrounding community.
According to the brief: ‘The jury’s main aims are to develop a design that facilitates an open social environment for community members and visitors alike, with a pavilion structure being the main focal point.
‘The developer’s vision is to revitalise and sustain long-term economic stability for downtown businesses and provide an attractive place to shop, live and work while enhancing the arts and historic identity of Roseville.’
Roseville is a small city in the Macomb County of Michigan with around 48,000 residents. It is named after Roseville Post Office which was the first post office established in the area by William Rose in 1840. The village of Roseville was first incorporated in 1926.
In December 2015, the City of Roseville formed a new downtown development authority to assist local businesses and promote regeneration in the core historic Utica Junction area.
The city’s two central roads – Utica Road and Gratiot Avenue – are both planned for upgrades as part of plans to stimulate local business and promote urban renaissance through community engagement.
The development authority has already drawn up simple plans for the project’s three-sided information kiosk, which should be positioned on the Utica road side of the site. A design sketch is available on the competition site.
The jury is seeking creative, coherent, feasible and high-quality design proposals capable of delivering a new focal point for the local community and providing for a diverse range of activities and users.
The winners will be chosen by the jury of six members featuring two academic professors of architecture, two professional architects and two Roseville town planners.
Submissions must include a 500-word description presented in letter sized (8.5” x 11”) PDF format and two ARCH D Size (24” x 36”) boards featuring diagrams and text, in either JPG or PDF format.
The winners will be announced on 30 March and the first place team will receive an estimated £400 prize. A second place prize of around £200, third place prize of £80 and five honourable mentions will also be announced.
The deadline for submissions is 28 March.
How to apply