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Ideas contest launched for Belfast’s own ‘Serpentine Pavilion’

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The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) has launched a design competition for a temporary 250m² pavilion in central Belfast

Open to architects under 40 working or born in Northern Ireland, it seeks proposals for an ‘uplifting’ public structure similar to London’s Serpentine Pavilion.

There is no funding to deliver the winning scheme, but the project aims to kickstart an annual commission similar to the Serpentine Pavilion which was designed by BIG this year.

RSUA president Paul Crowe said: ‘To the best of my knowledge Belfast hasn’t had an architectural pavilion in recent history. We hope this competition can kickstart a process that changes that.

‘A temporary pavilion can enrich the cityscape and delight the public by really challenging our preconceived ideas of what buildings should be. This presents a wonderful chance to celebrate the power of architecture to create places that uplift the soul and impact on wellbeing.’

Backed by Saint-Gobain subsidiary JP Corry (Ireland), the contest seeks concepts that focus on the role of buildings in challenging climate change.

Proposals must respond to the Saint-Gobain Multi-Comfort building concept, which aims to provide low-energy structures with high levels of thermal comfort, excellent acoustics, visual comfort and superb indoor air quality.

Entries should occupy a public centre site with high footfall such as outside Belfast City Hall, the Botanic Gardens or near the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction by Civic Arts and Todd Architects.

Belfast-based studio Hall McKnight completed a pop-up pavilion in King’s Cross as part of the London Festival of Architecture last summer.

The registration deadline has been extended to 8 September. Entries must be submitted by 7 October.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Julia Leaker

Email: julia@rsua.org.uk

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