Barcelona Social Housing: cercasi risposte alla carenza di alloggi in affitto nel centro di Barcellona

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iscrizione entro il 19 novembre 2017 | consegna entro il 4 dicembre 2017

ARCHmedium annuncia il lancio di un nuovo concorso di architettura indirizzato a studenti e giovani laureati per esplorare nuove tipologie di housing sociale nell'ambito dello sviluppo consolidato del centro di Barcellona, sempre più intensamente caratterizzato da case vuote e dalla mancanza di alloggi in affitto.

L'intento della competizione è quello di garantire la funzione sociale delle abitazioni attraverso un ripensamento dello spazio abitativo. Le proposte dovranno concentrarsi su un edificio adibito a uffici da convertire in alloggi in affitto.

ARCHmedium is pleased to announce its new architectural competition for students and young graduates: Barcelona Social Housing.

Barcelona is going through a moment of housing emergency where 40% of the purchases of flats are made only to invest and the increase of tourist apartments exponentially increases the price of rents. There are large numbers of empty homes and the lack of rental housing makes the neighbors forced to move, a phenomenon known as gentrification.

Barcelona City Council considers access to housing a priority and is implementing policies to increase these figures.

Sensitive to this problem, ​​from ARCHmedium we invite students and young architects to explore new typologies about social housing in a consolidated environment in the center of Barcelona. We propose the transformation of an existing office building from the 20th century to social housing.

The objective of the competition is to guarantee the social function of housing through rethinking the housing space. Proposals must explore new typologies and urban ways to respond to the program and improve the scope of intervention. The intervention must meet the highest environmental criteria, seeking a low energy consumption.

We propose the transformation of an office building located to public rental housing.


  • Students Category
    This category will accept architecture and related fields undergraduate students. Graduate, masters, and PhD students who are currently enrolled in some official course can also participate, but only if they obtained their undergraduate degree less than 3 years ago.
  • Young Architects
    This category will accept young professional architects who graduated less than 10 years ago can also join the competition and opt to win the "young gradautes" prize which will be awarded separately from the student prizes. In both categories teams can be formed by just one member or up to six (6).


Registration periods will be between August 7th, 2017 and November 19th, 2017 and will be divided as follows:

  • Special (Aug 7th - Sept 24th) | 60,50 euros
  • Early (Sept 25th - Oct 22nd) | 90,75 euros
  • Regular (Oct 23rd - Nov 19th) | 121,00 euros

For a project to be accepted the team must be properly registered to the competition. All registrations will be done through the ARCHmedium website, where you will be asked to choose between several payment options.


Submissions must be done through the ARCHtopic's intranet only, before December 4th 2017.


  • Winners Student Category
    - 1° 2.000 euros 
    - 2º 1.000 euros
    - 3º 500 euros 
    - 10 Honorable mentions
  • Winners Young Architects Category
    - 1º 2.000 euros
    - 3 Honorable mentions


  • August 7th 2017: Special registration starts
  • September 24th 2017: Special registration ends
  • September 25th 2017: Early registration starts
  • October 22th 2017: Early registration ends
  • October 23rd 2017: Regular registration starts
  • November 19th 2017: Regular registration ends
  • December 4th 2017: Submission deadline
  • December 11-15th 2017: Jury meeting
  • Jan 15th 2018: Winners announcement


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