Pamukkale Landscape Observatory: il paesaggio protagonista dell'architettura progettata

concorso di idee

consegna entro il 4 settembre 2017

reTH!NKING annuncia il lancio del concorso di idee Pamukkale Landscape Observatory per creare un luogo dove il paesaggio assume un ruolo di fondamentale importanza.

La natura è potente e alcuni posti sono unici, irripetibili, irreali. L'essere umano ha il dovere di prendersene cura con delicatezza e rispetto, soprattutto nel campo dell'architettura. Ci si chiede, quindi, come sia possibile intervenire su un paesaggio spettacolare come il "castello di cotone" oggetto del concorso, facendo in modo che la natura assuma un ruolo importante nel progetto architettonico.

Il progetto deve dar vita a un luogo unico, capace di dare identità alla zona e trasformare l'enclave in un punto di riferimento per la protezione dell'ambiente che pone la necessità di prendersi cura dell'equilibrio esistente. La proposta dovrà dialogare con il paesaggio e la natura e raccontare ai visitatori di questo particolare angolo di natura.

reTH!NKING team is delighted to introduce the new competition: Pamukkale Landscape Observatory, a competition which pretends to create a place where landscape is of great interest.

Nature is powerful and some places are unique, unrepeatable, sometimes unreal and can be anywhere. The human being has as sole duty to take care of it with the utmost delicacy and respect, especially in this field: architecture.

Once again we wonder how we can intervene in a landscape as spectacular as this, where water, white color and texture make this "cotton castle" a unique enclave that almost looks like a movie from another planet. 

Nature plays an important role in an architectural project, it is more than a base or a landscape to look at, it is the cornerstone on which we base all development, thought and materiality. Architecture is the way that humans have to transform a place, but this can not distract from the need to reflect what we must contribute to improve that space without provoking the opposite effect. Therefore, intervening in nature raises the need to propose solutions with the utmost delicacy and in harmony with their environment.

The project is linked to nature and its research and observation. Although it is a place where any intervention of these characteristics can be of great impact, the way of locating and dialoguing with the environment will be evaluated.

The project must be a unique place that produces its own identity in the area and turns the enclave into a landmark of environmental protection that proposes a need to take care of the existing environmental balance. The proposal must dialogue with the landscape and nature and that relates its visitors with this particular environment.


All students and architects or related professions anywhere in the world can participate in the contest.

Participation can be individual or in groups, being eight the maximum number of members. Team members can be from all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without being necessary, although advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. It is allowed that members are from different universities and countries.


Once registered you will have to make the inscription through our website by paying the current fee.

Participants can register no later than 4th September 2017.

Inscription periods will depend on the competition publication and will be divided as follows:

  • Early: 35 euros + IVA
  • Regular: 50 euros + IVA
  • Advanced: 70 euros + IVA

It is possible to lower the price of the entries to any Rethinking competition registering multiple teams simultaneously. If you are a teacher and want to use our competition as an exercise you can take advantage of discounts and involve the largest number of teams. For every 10 teams will save 30% of the total enrollment.


Participants must submit online required documents through reTH!NKING website no later than 4th September 2017.


A prize will be awarded in the 1st phase of a total of 5,000 € distributed as follows:

  • First Prize: 1.500 euros + 2.000 euros + 2000 euros grant for Master's degree MArch Valencia
  • 3 Accésits:  3 x 500 euros
  • 10 Honourable Mentions: No economic prize

The first prize will receive a scholarship of € 2000 for the Master International MArch program of the School of Architecture and Polytechnic of the European University of Valencia.

In addition the rethinking team is committed to the dissemination of the project through:

  • Publication in magazines
  • Publishing in blogs / architecture websites
  • Publication in reTHINKING media


  • 15th June 2017 | Early registration starts
  • 31st July 2017 | Early registration ends
  • 1st August 2017 | Regular registration starts
  • 21st August 2017 | Regular registration ends
  • 22nd August 2017 | Late registration starts
  • 4th September 2017 | Late registration and FAQ ends 
  • 4th September 2017 | Submission deadline 
  • 5th - 6th September 2017 | Admission List publication in reTHIN- KING official website 
  • 4th - 29th September 2017 | Evaluation process
  • September 2017 | Winners announcements


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