The City of Hornachuelos in southern Spain has announced an open international contest for a 5,200m² community-focussed, mixed-use development
The competition invites proposals for three vacant sites within the hilltop Corboda province city to deliver new social housing blocks, a retail area with underground parking and a landscaped green space for pedestrians.
The project aims to boost the local economy and promote sustainable development across the city and the winning scheme will be expected to maintain an overall visual unity, creating the impression of a single architectural intervention to observers.
According to the brief: ‘The contest aims to give a global image to all new constructions creating a continuity between all of them, focusing especially on giving a good solution to particular plots and the open spaces that are generated.
‘The proposal, despite having to comply with the current regulations, should have a reflection of future guidelines for the growth of the municipality in a sustainable way, involving urban, social and environmental improvements in the global scale of Hornachuelos.’
Located on the fringe of the Sierra Morena national park, Hornachuelos is a small city of 4,600 inhabitants known for its proximity to popular natural attractions such as rivers, reservoirs, viewpoints and hiking trails.
Launched by contest organiser reTh!nking, this competition focuses on integrating architecture with landscaping and promoting natural and functional design synergies. The brief asks participants to consider eight key principles of density, ecology, detail, scale, limit, mobility, nature and housing when developing concepts.
The city intends to directly commission one of the winning teams to deliver the housing, commercial spaces and underground parking. A flexible budget of around £60,000 has already been put aside for the landscaped green space.
Entries must include one A1 panel featuring images of proposals and one A3 page featuring a 300-word summary and details of the budget. The competition languages are English and Spanish and all submissions should be made in digital JPEG format, with the project title and registration code clearly displayed.
Winning designs will be picked by a jury of four members including two professional architects, one academic architect and the head of town planning at the City of Hornachuelos.
The overall winner – set to be announced in April – will receive a £2,500 first prize and a £860 second place and £430 third place prize are also available.
The deadline for submissions is 20:00 local time (GMT+1) on 17 March
How to apply
Calle José Laguillo 27
Tel: +34 955 54 29 92 / +34 627 706 234