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Contest to masterplan Mexican resort open for entries

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An international competition has been announced to masterplan a 494,127m² beachside hotel complex in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Backed by Tafer Hotels & Resorts, the competition seeks proposals for a new 20,000m² holiday complex and a ‘sculptural and thematic’ masterplan for its surrounding landscape.

Proposals for the complex should be no taller than 12 storeys, and must encourage interaction between residents and the surrounding Pacific coastal area, which is overlooked by the dramatic Sierra Madre mountains.

According to the brief: ‘The proposal can range in size, form and function and is therefore open to any number of creative projections, including but not limited to: a series of pavilions, a collection of buildings, a thematic park, a residential project, urban landscapes and more.

‘Recently, new initiatives have proposed renewed interpretations of the function of hotels, developing successful business models while providing exciting experiences for users; on the other hand, opportunities for the tried and tested hotel/residences model have yet to be fully explored taking into consideration the advancements in technology.’

The subtropical resort town of Puerto Vallarta is popular with tourists for its beaches, water sports and nightlife.

The town centre is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, while the beachfront El Malecón district features an entertainment promenade with several bars, restaurants and contemporary sculptures.

The new resort will occupy a sloping 160 hectare site immediately next to the existing Garza Blanca resort development and between the Sierra Madre mountains and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean.

The competition is open to students, designers, urban planners, sociologists and professionals from around the world with participants limited to one design entry per individual or team.

Applications will be judged on their core concept, integration with the neighbouring resort, and their originality and creativity. The judging panel will also focus on the functionality, inventiveness and scale and zoning of the overall masterplan.

Teams may feature up to five members, who do not need to have an architectural qualification or affiliation with an architecture association. The competition languages are Spanish and English, and entries must feature two A1 boards alongside a 300-word description explaining the project.

The winning team will receive a £4,000 prize, and there will also be a second prize of £2,400, third prize of £1,600 and fourth prize of £800.

The registration deadline is 5 January and submissions must be completed by 8pm local time (CET) on 31 January.

How to apply


View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: competition@taferresorts.com


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