The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) organized a restricted international multidisciplinary project competition for the design of the new JRC Site Headquarters in Seville, Spain.
15 applicants were selected to take part in the design competition and each received a payment of 10,000 Euros. The competition was endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA) as being in accordance with the UNESCO-UIA Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning.
- Launch: 18 May 2021
- Deadline for application: 7 July 2021
- Selection of participations and invitation to participate: Application deadline + 6 weeks
- Deadline for Q&A: 1 month after invitation
- Deadline for submission of design concepts: 3 months after invitation
- Jury evaluation: 3 weeks after deadline for submission
- Announcement of results: 1 week after evaluation
Theme and objectives
The competition sought a forward-looking, innovative and cost-efficient construction, aiming at integrating multiple disciplines to achieve the highest sustainability targets for a new construction project. Participants were also requested to integrate in their proposal a reflection on the future of office workspaces in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
This competition was open to all architects entitled to practice in their country of residence.
- Bernard Magenhann, Deputy Director General of JRC, European Commission, Jury Chair, Belgium
- Mikel Landabaso, JRC Seville site Director, European Commission, Spain
- Lone Wiggers, Architect, Denmark
- Silvia Benedito, UIA representative, Architect, Portugal
- Patrick Bouchardon, Landscape Architect, France/Britain
- Christiane Gerlach, Chief architect of European Commission, OIB (Brussels Infrastructure Office), Architect, German
- Felipe Castro Bermúdez-Coronel, Architect, representing the Seville City Council, Architect Spain
- Asunción Fernández Carretero, Deputy Director of Directorate JRC.R, European Commission, Spain
- Vincenzo Cardarelli, Adviser, Seville Site Development, Directorate JRC.B, European Commission, Italy
- Anne Holtrop, Architect, Netherlands
- Laurent Gravier, UIA representative, Architect, French
The jury allocated the 3 following prizes:
- 1st Prize: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), with team members Argenia Ingeniería y Arquitectura (Spain), Buro Happold Limited (UK) and HCP Arquitectos y Urbanistas (Spain)
- 2nd Prize: Dorte Mandrup (Denmark), team leader, with Ines Ingenieros Consultores (Spain), Jansana, De la Villa, De Paauw, Arquitectes (Spain), Installacions Arquitectoniques (Spain) and Activitats Arquitectoniques (Spain)
- 3rd Prize: Cobe (Denmark) with Esteyco (Spain), FSL Ingeniería y Diseño Sostenible (Spain), Estudi Ramon Folch i Associats (Spain) and b720 Arquitectura (Spain)
- ALA Architects Ltd (Finland), group leader, with Ove Arup & Partners (Ireland) and Mareld landskapsarkitekter (Sweden)
- Mecanoo International (Netherlands), group leader, with Bakpak Architects (Spain), Eddea Arquitectura y Urbanismo (Spain), Arquitectura Agronomia (Spain) and Valladares Ingeniería (Spain)
- Muoto Architectes (France) with Schnetzer Puskas International (Switzerland)
- 1st prize: EUR 30,000
- 2nd prize: EUR 25,000
- 3rd prize: EUR 15,000
The jury could also decide to allocate 2-3 honourable mentions to projects presenting a particular merit.