International Business Centre and Intercontinental Hotel in Yerevan City Centre

About the competition
Avangard Motors LLC in conjunction with Yerevan City Hall and the Union of Architects of the Republic of Armenia, along with the participation of the Ministry of Urban Development of the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, and the International Association of Unions of Architects (UIA) has announced an international competition for the development of an Architectural concept for an International Business Center with an Intercontinental Hotel in the City of Yerevan.

Results (competition over) : 

After a long discussion, the jury unanimously agreed that no project meet the standard of a first prize.

Second prize : “Agence Search”,                                                                                                                                       Caroline Barat, Thomas Dubuisson, in collaboration with ‘Series’ Benjamin and Thomas Series, FRANCE.           View the entry

Third prize : Federico Annas and Daniela Fucile,                                                                                                                 ITALY. View the entry                  

Timetable : 

  • Announcement of the competition : 8 October 2009
  • Registration deadline : 9 November 2009
  • Deadline for distributing package of competition documents to participants : 13 November 2009
  • Deadline for addressing questions regarding the agenda and conditions : 25 November 2009
  • Deadline for postings answers : 30 November 2009
  • Deadline for submitting projects : 17 January 2010
  • Workshop of the Organizational Committee : 17 to 20 January 2010
  • Jury meeting : 21 to 23 January 2010
  • Announcement of results : 24 January 2010
  • Payment of prizes to winners : 1 February 2010
  • Public exhibition of the submitted projects : 24 January to 1 February 2010
  • Phase II of the competition with the 6 finalist of phase I : 24 and 25 May 2010
Keywords : Urban Landscape

Theme and objectives

This competition as for goal the construction of a luxurious International Business Center with an Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of the city of Yerevan in Armenia. Besides the Intercontinental Hotel, this competition si for a multifunctional complex with business centre, residential area… The organizers seek a landmark architectural solution for this new development located on a very prominent site in the city, with a view of Mont Ararat to the south.

The goal of the competition is to realize a new and original urban development project that is both architecturally and functionally integrated into the surrounding cityscape. Indeed, the design proposal must appear as a dominant architectural solution from all points in the city.

For the Intercontinental hotel, it should be located in the southern part of the territory, with a maximum number of rooms enabling a direct view of the city. Appearing as a dominant architectural element due to its location and volume, the hotel building should be the most striking element of the construction.

Unlike the special requirements for the design of the Intercontinental hotel complex, no requirements exist for the design of the business center, residential complex, and other buildings.

For more information please contact the organizer of the competition.

Key criteria

For this competition, the jury were sensitive to the following criteria :

  • Urban integration;
  • Site strategy;
  • Architectural proposition;
  • Landscape concept;
  • Meeting the program and functional requirements of the brief;
  • Development and construction logic;
  • Environmental strategy.

The participants should respect the following main criteria :

  • Volumetric-spatial solution of the urban planning project for the international business center (IBC).
  • The significance and uniqueness of the architectural solution of the hotel complex, which is dominant.

Jury Members

  • Edward Avestiyan, Chairman of Avangard Motors Ltd, Russia;
  • Gagik Beglaryan, Mayor of the City of Yerevan, Armenia;
  • Mkrtich Minasyan, Chairman of the Union of Architects of the Republic of Armenia, Architect, Armenia;
  • Michael Rotondi, Architect and Professor, USA;
  • Makoto Watanabe, Architect and Professor, Japan;
  • Enrique Sobejano, Architect and Professor, Spain;
  • Alexander Korbut, Chairman of the IAUA and the Union of Architects of the Republic of Belarus, Honored member of the American Association of Architects, Belarus;


Architects worldwide, individually or in teams led by an architect, that have the right to practice the profession in their countries. And, organizations that have a license for practicing architecture.


Congratulations to the winners listed above. Awards for winning projects shall be as follows :

  • First prize : USD 70,000, as well as, upon the mutual consent, further cooperation on the development of the project ;
  • Second prize : USD 30,000
  • Third prize : USD 15,000