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Ostend launches beach walkway contest

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Ostend in Belgium has launched an international design competition to regenerate its beachfront

Aimed at emerging multidisciplinary teams, the contest seeks proposals for a new walkway where visitors can enjoy the Flemish city’s coastline when the existing promenade is shaded over during the winter months.

According to the brief: ‘During the fall and winter months, the seafront promenade is quickly lost to the apartment buildings’ shadows.

‘A new walkway on the beach could give residents and visitors the chance to enjoy the Ostend coastline during the fall and winter months. Enjoy the mild winter sun, the salty sea air, the sound of the waves with your family.’

The brief continue: ‘The design competition aims to develop both a visual language and strategies to allow these restaurant and facility infrastructures to make a contribution to the image quality of the historically renowned Ostend seafront.

‘In addition, this beach walkway could grow into a striking bit of (landscape) architecture, allowing the walkway to develop into a tourist attraction in its own right.’

Teams must feature at least one registered architect and may also include urban planners, landscape architects, construction engineers, sociologists, communication experts.



Ostend beach contest site plan

Judges will include former Flemish Government Architect Marcel Smets and Europan secretary general Didier Rebois.

Five shortlisted teams will receive around £2,500 each to participate in the competition’s second stage and the winner will be awarded approximately £30,000 to develop the scheme further.

The deadline for applications is 29 January.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: ostendbeachwalk@stad.oostende.be

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