Requalification of Byrsa Acropolis and Rehabilitation of the Carthage National Museum

Procedure : Category : Open, Professional
Region V - Africa | Tunisia

Expertise France in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Culture and with the support of the European Union announces the launch of the international one-stage design competition for the Requalification of Byrsa Acropolis and Rehabilitation of the Carthage National Museum in Tunisia.

The International Union of Architects (UIA) endorses this competition as being in accordance with UNESCO’s regulations on international architectural and urban design competitions and the UIA’s best practice recommendations.

Timetable

  • Launch of competition: 6 September 2022
  • Online briefing for use of PLACE website: 13 September 2022 & 6 December 2022
  • Deadline for submitting questions: 7 October 2022
  • Deadline for responses: 28 October 2022
  • Deadline for submitting electronically registration forms: 2 December 2022 at 12:00 (GMT+1)
  • Deadline for submission of projects (electronic + paper): 5 January 2023
  • Deadline for receipt of the paper version of the projects (sent by post no later than 5 January 2023, as evidenced by the postmark): 27 January 2023
  • Jury session: February 2023
  • Announcement of results: March 2023

To access to the documents in English: Regulation, programme and appendix

More information on the project on: www.patrimoine3000.tn

PRESENTATION OF “PLACE” (COMPETITION DEMATERIALISATION AND EXCHANGE SITE)

In accordance with the competition timetable (page 15 of the Competition Regulations), a briefing on the use of PLACE (platform for dematerialisation and exchanges with competitors) is scheduled for Tuesday 20 September 2022 from 11:00 to 12:00 (Paris time)

ZOOM LINK

Meeting ID : 841 8446 6283

Secret code : 428969

A guide to facilitate the use of PLACE is attached to the Competition Regulations (see Annex A02).

NB: This session is not dedicated to questions and answers concerning the competition; these must be submitted via PLACE as indicated in the competition regulations and will be answered later by the organiser.

Keywords : Culture, Heritage, Reconstruction

Theme and objectives

Carthage is an extensive archaeological site, set on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plain. A metropolis of the Punic civilisation in Africa and capital of the province of Africa in Roman times, Carthage played a central part in antiquity as a great commercial empire.

The archaeological site of Carthage has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The main known components of the site of Carthage are the acropolis of Byrsa, the Punic ports, the Punic tophet, the necropolises, the theatre, the amphitheatre, the circus, the villa quarter, the basilicas, the Antonine baths, the Malaga cisterns and the archaeological reserve.

The competition concerns one of the sites of Carthage, the Acropolis of Byrsa, which includes archaeological excavations, outdoor spaces (square, forum, patio and gardens) and historic buildings dating as far back as 1852 when the Saint-Louis Archaeological Museum was founded on the site.

The project aims to:

  • Find the best enhancement and revitalisation concept for this archaeological site, in light of its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Find the best architectural, landscape and planning concept for the UNESCO site.
  • Expose the archaeological objects in appropriate spaces defining an innovative museography illustrating the history of one of the largest metropolises in the Mediterranean.
  • Secure functional communication between a national museum, a scientific and research centre, and recreational and cultural facilities.
  • Find the best solutions for access to the site and manage the various flows around it.
  • Set the project within a sustainable and inclusive development approach in response to the major issues at stake in the ecological, energy and environmental transitions.

Key criteria

Projects will be ranked by the jury according to the following evaluation criteria:

  • Pertinence of overall concept and ability to strengthen the site’s “UNESCO World Heritage” identity 
  • Respect of environmental quality, natural confort and energy effeciency 
  • Innovation, originality and creativity of the overall proposal 
  • Quality and appropriateness of architectural expression 
  • Quality of the outdoors spaces treatment 
  • Consistency of the functional organization with the expectations of the program 
  • Quality of the scenographic concept 
  • Feasibility and potential to implement the project regarding the technical and financial constraints 
  • The order of the criteria listed does not reflect any priority. 

Eligibility

This competition is open to architects from all countries having diplomatic relations with Tunisia, constituted in a grouping of architects and landscape architects (https://www.diplomatie.gov.tn)

Eligible architects must be authorised for architectural practice in their respective country of residence or origin. 

Nota bene: teams including a Tunisian architect (registered with the Order of Architects of Tunisia – OAT) in the project team are recommended. 

If the winning project team does not have a Tunisian architect, it must partner with at least one Tunisian architect registered with the Order of Architects of Tunisia. 

Jury Members

The international jury is composed of:

  • Alberto Veiga, Architect, Veiga Barozzi, Spain (UIA representative, Jury Chair)
  • Fathy Kouched, Architect, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Tunisia
  • Lamine Hibet, Architect, representative of the Order of Architects of Tunisia, Tunisia
  • Gabriela Carrillo, Architect, Taller de arquitectura, Mexico
  • Neil Porter, Landscape architect, Gustavson porter + Bowman, United Kingdom
  • Meriem Chabani, Architect and urban planner, New South, France/Algeria
  • Momoyo Kaijima, Architect, Atelier Bow Wow, Japan

Alternate jurors

  • Grichka Martinetti, Architect, Atelier png, France (UIA representative)
  • Ammar Khammash, Architect, Khammash Architects, Jordan
  • Nawel Laroui, Landscape architect, Aleaolea, Tunisia/Spain

Key dates

2022-09-06Launch of competition
2022-10-07Deadline for submitting questions
2022-10-28Deadline for responses
2023-01-05Deadline for submission of projects (electronic + paper)

Prizes

A total of € 200,000 will be distributed among the authors of the winning projects:

  • 1st prize: € 50,000
  • 2nd prize: € 45,000
  • 3rd prize: € 40,000
  • 4th prize: € 35,000
  • 5th prize: € 30,000

The jury may, at its discretion, award honorary prizes to projects displaying specific merits.