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Rank’s Silo in the 21st Century – DoCoMoMo Ireland Competition 2014


Registration Date: To Open Friday 28th February 2014
Deadline Date for Questions: Friday 28th March 2014
Answers to Questions Issued Date: Friday 4th April 2014
Registration Closing Date: Friday 4th April 2014
Submission Date: Friday 25th April 2014
Competition Judging: May 2014
Exhibition of Competition Entries: June 2014

DoCoMoMo Ireland presents ‘Rank’s Silo in the 21st Century’ an open design competition to develop ideas for what this building might become. The architectural ideas competition seeks to generate discussion among designers and decision-makers about the future of the Rank’s Silo Building.

What will become of Rank’s Silo, one of Limerick’s most iconic modern buildings?
In recent years, Rank’s Silo has become emblematic of a certain redundancy, being a part survivor of a much larger complex of industrial buildings that stretched either side of Limerick’s Dock Road. From its acquisition in 1930 to its eventual closure in 1983 it employed thousands in Limerick and touched the lives of many thousands in the surrounding countryside. During its 53-year history it has evoked many passions – ranging from revulsion to admiration – but it is ultimately a symbol of modern Ireland, constructed with an air of defiance. As a valuable architectural contribution to Limerick City of Culture this competition seeks to encourage once more a certain disregard for convention, a quest for adventure and an exploration of possibilities.

Who can enter?
The competition is open to all individuals and groups with an interest in presenting creative ideas for the future use of this landmark building. This is a conceptual architectural competition. First prize in the general category will be awarded €3,000. Second Prize will be €1,500 and third prize will be €500. First prize in the student category will be awarded €1,000. Commendations will be at the discretion of the assessors.

How Can One Enter?
The competition regulations and information packs will be available at www.docomomo.ie. Registration fee per entry €20 (€10 for students), not per participant (i.e. Group entries are the same as individual entries). Each submission will be presented on 1 x A1 mounted board (landscape format) and in soft copy. The presentation made will need to adequately explain the proposal in scaled drawings, images and text. No 3D elements can be accepted (models, applied elements to boards, etc.) A reference code will be issued to competitors on registration via email.

Rank’s Silo in the 21st Century is NOT an IAF event and is delivered by DoCoMoMo Ireland for more information please visit this website.