Archtalent, an online architecture platform for Architects, in collaboration with Sziget, one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, make an international call to design a temporary structure within the particular context of a music festival in the special city of Budapest in Hungary.
The aim is to use the current model of architectural competition to develop a new contest in terms of format and scope, which should be an opportunity to all emerging talent anywhere in the world to boost their potential in a real competition, and showcase their built project to an audience of thousand of people.
“Structures of Freedom” is a single stage competition with the objective of receiving ideas from all over the world for the development and construction of an ephemeral structure in a unique music festival like Sziget, under the following concepts: design, innovation, context, recyclability and sustainability.
The competition is open to architects under the age of 40, and participation can be both individual or in teams. Students can participate as part of a team, with the sole condition that at least one member of the team is a graduate architect under the age of 40.
We look for proposals committed to innovation while reaffirming the values of the festival, which are much more than the music.
Sziget festival is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, its first edition took place in 1993 and next August will celebrate its 25th anniversary. It is held every August in northern Budapest, Hungary, on Óbudai-sziget ("Old Buda Island"), a leafy 108-hectare (266-acre) island on the Danube. More than 1,000 performances take place each year.
The week-long festival has grown from a relatively low-profile student event in 1993 to become one of the prominent European rock festivals, with about half of all visitors coming from outside Hungary, especially from Western Europe.
By 1997 total attendance surpassed the 250,000 mark, reaching an all-time peak in 2016 with 496,000 visitors from 95 countries (the daily capacity having been raised to 90,000). It is now being increasingly labeled as a European alternative to the Burning Man festival due to its unique features ("an electronically amplified, warped amusement park that has nothing to do with reality").
In 2012, Sziget was ranked one of the 5 best festivals in Europe by The Independent. The festival is a two times winner at the European Festivals Awards in the category Best Major European Festival and has been multiple awarded in other categories.
Archtalent and Sziget festival make an international call searching new ideas for the design of an ephemeral structure as a gathering place for people to meet and rest while enjoying of the interaction of music, art and the magnetic and historic context of the Festival and the island.
The designed space should serve also as protection. Must be an iconic oasis for the warm and sunny weather of Budapest in August, where comfort, in terms of design and sustainability, will be guaranteed.
We propose facing the architectural theme from the premise of designing a landmark for the festival, harboring a free and flexible structure, an "object that works like a lamp or patio” that locates, guides and attracts the people inside the festival.
Interactive or participatory architecture blurs the lines between the architect, the architecture, and people engaging with the proposal. We look for proposals that encourages people to engage, experiment, and explore their environment. Participant’s experience of the piece alters as he or she moves around it.
The competition pretend to be an explosion of creative energy. A celebration of participatory music, art and culture where everything is possible.
The competition is open to architects under the age of 40 from all over the world, and participation can be both individual or in teams, where teams should be up to 3 people.
Architecture students can participate as part of a team with the sole condition that at least one member is a graduate architect under the age of 40.
Under no circumstance, members of one team are allowed to participate with a different team and each entrant or team may submit only one proposal.
Runner-up prize (2nd and 3rd):
Finalists (4th to 10th):
Teams up to 3 people.
Registration and payment can only be made through Archtalent website.
Registered participants in the competition may submit their questions in English language by email to: email@example.com
1. Regarding questions of the brief, shall we direct these questions to Archtalent or to a contact from the Sziget festival?
All communications with the festival must be through Archtalent, so if you have any question, please send them via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, we will respond as soon as possible.
2. Should delivery cost of the material be factored into the budget?
Yes, it should be part of the budget.
3. Are labour costs to be included in the 15,000 budget?
Yes, labour costs should be part of the budget.
4. Is there a team there on site? If so, how skilled are they?
There is no team on site. Number of person assembling the proposal, and skills needed should be included in the budget. Depending on the nature of the project itself, we will select a construction company who guarantees the right development of the proposal.
5. What sort of festival construction equipment are available?
Construction equipment such as cranes, scaffoldings, scissor lift, etc…would be available if really needed.
6. Can festival audio-visual equipment be lent to pavilion from festival organizers?
No, it should be part of the budget.
7. Can we cite websites such as Alibaba?
No, this is not allowed, although we encourage teams to look for collaborations with companies who are able to supply some elements important for the project to minimize costs.
8. Shall we assume that the site will have access to potable water supply?
Yes, there will be access to potable water supply.
9. If special installation equipment is required, does that have to be included in the 15k budget?
Yes, everything must be part of the budget, with the sole exception of construction equipment such as cranes, scaffoldings, scissor lift, etc…which would be available if really needed.
10. Can the structure be well secured to the ground provided it is not leaving a permanent mark on the ground?
Structures can be fixed to the ground, but should not require modifying the soil beyond what is necessary to ensure the feasibility and safety of the project.
Although it is necessary taking into account the principle of leave no trace or mark in the park, there is a certain degree of freedom, because once the festival ends, the organization pay special attention in recovering the original state of the island.
11. How is it possible to reliably price recycled materials, especially if their availability by region or time of year fluctuates wildly?
We understand that some parts of the budget will be orientative, since we assume that with some elements it is impossible to be 100% accurate.
12. What information should include the Entry Form file?
The Entry Form should be a .PDF file and must include the category (Architect or Architecture student), name, age, email, phone number, nationality, city of residence and university of studies of every team member.
13. Could an industrial design student be part of a team?
No, the competition is this time only open to architects and architecture students.
14. I understand that the questions could be asked until Friday, April 7 but what happen if I have a question?
We have deleted that deadline and we will respond questions until the last day.
15. Regarding the project total budget, the 15.000 euros include the VAT or not?
Proposals can not exceed 15.000 € before adding VAT. So, if the total budget without VAT is 15.000 €, after adding VAT (for example 27%) the final budget will be 19.050 €, which will be OK.
16. The use of PayPal was stopped last years in Turkey, is there any other option you can offer for the payment?
The entire registration process is automated, but in special cases registration fee can be paid through bank transfer. Email us to: email@example.com to see further details.