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The Iraq Pavilion Competition focuses on pavilions that have reemerged on the global stage in recent years. However, these pavilions often fail to adequately represent the significance of Iraq, its rich history and culture, the aspirations of its people, or the challenges they have overcome. Moreover, Iraq’s diverse cultural heritage offers a wealth of inspiration that, when refined and thoughtfully curated, could lead to a pavilion design that elegantly showcases this diversity rather than overwhelming it.

That is why the Iraq Pavilion Competition invites participants to design the Iraq Pavilion and the main plaza around it for a global exposition at the Baghdad International Fairgrounds.Participants are encouraged to address the challenge contextually, by creating a work of art and architecture that would defy superficiality, and would capture the cultural richness and aspirations of the Iraqi people.

Programme:

The Programme for a permanent national pavilion would typically include a variety of spaces and features designed to represent the country’s culture, innovations, and vision for the future. Here are some elements that might be included:

  • Exhibition Areas
  • VIP or Hospitality Lounges
  • Auditoriums or Performance Spaces
  • Educational Spaces
  • Retail Spaces
  • Administrative Spaces
  • Storage and Maintenance Areas
  • Outdoor Spaces
  • Accessibility Features

The programme would also depend on theme of the pavilion. Participants are asked to devising their design programme based on the chosen theme, ensuring a positive user experience. It is essential to prioritize accessibility, functionality, and smooth flow to guarantee visitors have the best possible experience exploring the pavilion. 

Assessment Criteria:

  • Relevance: A clear declaration of conditions that set the urban and cultural contextual parameters of the project. Clarity in demonstrating thorough research and understanding of contextual parameters.
  • Response: Aspirational transformative and original ideas with a programmatic response to existing local urban, environmental, and social conditions and challenges. Clarity of the design process.
  • Resolution: A clearly declared spatial and technical justification, accessibility, safety, security, durability, and environmental impact, with a strong emphasis on buildability.

Awards:

  • 1st place: $6000 six Thousand US Dollars OR Six months employment at Dewan Architects + Engineers (10000 AED = $2750/Month) + Invitation to attend the Award Ceremony (Flights and Hotel) + Certificate
  • 2nd Place: $3000 Three Thousand US Dollars  +  Invitation to attend the Award Ceremony  (Flights and Hotel) + Certificate
  • 3rd Place: $1000 One Thousand US Dollars  +  Invitation to attend the Award Ceremony  (Flights and Hotel) + Certificate
  • 7 Honourable Mentions: $1000 One Thousand US Dollars  + Invitation to attend the Award Ceremony (Flights and Hotel) + Certificate
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