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Candidates participating in this competition are asked to design a floating pavilion on the Drava River, which would serve as a small stage and a place for contemplation. The pavilion is primarily intended to serve as a venue for smaller events and shows (small bands, discussions with notable guests, wine tasting, etc.), but also as a relaxation site, offering views of the river and the historic city centre.

The small stage will particularly serve its purpose during the Lent Festival in June as an additional performance stage. It is necessary that the floating construction can be moved easily to another location by the river (if required) and be adapted quickly to different programs. The pavilion should highlight the existing qualities of the area, ensure a better connection between the elevated Lent riverbank and the river and, consequently, invite people closer to the river.

The pavilion will be mounted onto a floating raft of dimensions 8 x 8 m. The overall height of the pavilion should not exceed 4 m, due to the need to float below bridges. It is desirable, but not required, that the construction is mainly made from wood.

The roof on top of the pavilion is not mandatory but it is recommended and desirable. A removable or detachable platform or bridge, however, is required to allow access from the pavilion to the riverbank. It is possible that the pavilion will be moved from one location to another, which is why it should be ensured that the platform, as part of the pavilion, can be easily, unobtrusively and practically folded and put together. The minimal width of the platform is at least 120 cm, and it should not exceed the width of the pavilion.

As a model of a floating object, plans for a floating stage, used annually as the main stage of the Lent Festival, are attached to the competition brief. A construction floating system of a pontoon is presented, which can be used in this competition, but not necessarily. Candidates are given a free hand to design their own buoyant construction – in this case, they have to explain and prove, based on their description and plans, how the designed construction maintains buoyancy. The pavilion must be buoyant.

Eligibility

The competition is open to architects, urban planners, designers, landscape architects, sculptors, structural engineers and students of these professions.

Awards

● First Prize: 1,500 EUR
● Second Prize: 1,000 EUR
● Third Prize: 500 EUR

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