Archi Talk > The SpireTec Competition

01Nov10

Architecture competitions have their fair share of debates on efficacy and final output, but realised projects like the Pompidou Centre and Maya Lin’s Vietnam Memorial have had a profound impact on the relevance of competitions. The quality of the jury, conviction of the brief and whether the project sees the light of day are crucial in this debate. It is gratifying to see a competition in India that promises this and more.

THE SPIRETEC COMPETITION: An architectural design competition for a 62,750 square metres mixed use area that is part of an IT office complex spread across 85,000 square metres of land; with a built potential of 1,75,000 square metres. The complex is in Greater Noida; part of the Delhi – National Capital Region (NCR). The NCR is spread over an area of 33,578 square kilometres. It is the ninth largest urban agglomeration in the world. The site for the SPIRETEC project lies adjacent to the flood plain of the river Yamuna.

THE INTENTION: To foster an architectural debate that will influence main stream architecture in the country, to examine newer ideas relevant to design and sustainability in the context of India’s new urbanity, and to set extremely high standards of both transparency and quality of assessment in this competition and for such efforts in future. The project already has financial closure and will be built in the next few years.

THE JURY: Ajoy Choudhary, Aniket Bhagwat, Ashish Bhalla, Kai Gutschow, Ken Yeang, Lucien Kroll, Michael Sorkin, Peter Bosselman, Peter Head, Pradeep Sachdeva, Sanjay Prakash, Suparna Bhalla, Tay Kheng Soon.

THE AWARD: Up to five honourable mentions will get an award of US$10,000 each. Three winners will get an award of US$25,000 each. The AOD shall receive a contract of US$250,000.

Click on Competition Poster to view in actual size

Details of the competition are enclosed in this pdf – The SPIRETEC Competition Brief and can also be accessed via the website.

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