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Carrara Thermal Baths competition


Extraction, desertification, appropriation, (un)suitability, destruction… The human being has been developing their way of life with actions which are detrimental to the rest of the living creatures that inhabit the Earth. The quarries and the extraction of materials are clear examples. The extraction of materials has occurred without considering the ecosystems, biotopes, ecotones… this has only happened in order to find an individual consumer good. But, what happens when these quarries become inactive? They are areas where the human beings have left their mark. Can architecture recover these spaces not only for our habitability but for a common habitability? What is the basis for this type of architecture?


The proposed program comprises the following areas:

Pool area

– Outdoor pool: 30 m²
– Indoor pool: 30 m²
– Indoor-Outdoor pool: 60 m²

Services Area

– Administration-meeting area: 20 m²
– Changing rooms and toilets: 30 m²

Note: The surfaces are approximate.

The project is designed to promote new leisure relations linked to nature and the quarry itself. These spaces may be closed, open or half-open, depending on the intentions of each project.

The design freedom is absolute and the area of intervention is free. This competition aims the participant to investigate the ways of intervention in an exploited landscape by human action, its need for re-naturation and its incorporation in pursuit of new ways of living. Studing limits, scales, views, access, materiality are the keys to follow.


All students and architects or related professions anywhere in the world can participate in the contest. Participation can be individual or in groups, being eight (8) the maximum number of members. Team members can be from all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without being necessary, although advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. It is allowed that members are from different universities and countries.


The jury will be composed by professionals from the world of architecture and other disciplines related to the object of the competition.

Fran Silvestre Navarro (Fran Silvestre arquitectos)
Gemma Gené Camps (Artist and Architects in Steven Holl Architects)
Fernando Royo Naranjo (Patxi Mangado Arquitectos)
Félix de la Iglesia Salgado (Ph. Architect of projects in the School of Architecture of Seville)


A total prize of €4,500 will be distributed as follows:

First prize €3,000
+ €2,000 grant for Master’s degree MArch Valencia
Second prize €1,000
Third prize €500
+ 10 Honorable Mention

May 8th 2016 Late registration and FAQ ends
May 8th 2016 20:00 h GMT + 1:00 Submission deadline
May 15th – May 25th 2016 Proposal evaluation
May 25th – May 29th 2016 Winners announcements

More info HERE