The Niagara Falls Pavilion

2019-03-09 ~ 2019-06-06
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Architecture design

Competition introduction

Type: Architectural Design

Organizer: reTHINKING

Partner: Young Bird Plan

Eligibility: Unlimited

Submission deadline: June 6th, 2019


About Competition

Acceleration, instantaneity, immediacy, technology … The daily life of the human being has been subsumed under the synchronic devices like the clock and the mobile phone, generating a stressed society, a human being turned into a machine, that has lost all trace of its biological temporality and of their life in common with the environment. Is it possible from the project to promote other ways of life more leisurely, relaxed and in relation to nature? Can architecture give us the possibility to recover that time? A time in dialogue with nature What is the basis for making this type of architecture?

The Niagara Falls Pavilion contest seeks a re-encounter with nature and with people, that’s why the Niagara Falls are the ideal place to propose ideas. A space between two countries, united by a natural space of impressive beauty.

Niagara Falls Pavilion is a place of slowness, of slowness, where we can experience new relationships with nature and the environment, that make us aware of their need and incorporation into our way of life. A place to develop a new way of intervening where architecture is thought as a ARCHITECTURE FOR LIFE

Niagara Falls Pavilion is a place where you can experience new forms of leisure, giving value to the environment and not overlapping it. The project should highlight the uniqueness of the place and that it becomes a space for people to meet and relate their visitors to this spectacular setting, offering the visitor a unique experience.

The pavilion may be a specific intervention or occupy the entire proposed range, and may contain the following functions:

  • – Area of contemplation or point view, where the main character is nature. A space to look, hear and feel. It can be one space or to be sparsed, it can also consider accessibility, tours, including its variability over time.
  • – Rest area for the body, a space of evasion, where to eliminate the stress of everyday life.
  • – Restaurant area.
  • – Administration-meeting area and toilets.

This program is orientative and can be modified by the contestant. The area of intervention is free. These spaces may be closed, open or half-open, depending on the intentions of each project and can be at any level of the enclave established. There are no restrictions that van influence the decisions each participant makes.


「About reTHINKing

The reTHINKing team was created from the initiative of ‘estudio heliopausa’ team of forming a group of young and qualified architects where we could have fun making projects and we could feel the true excitement of our profession. A team where everyone is equal and even though each bring something different, which makes us fit in the group.


「About Young Bird Plan

In 2013, Young Bird Plan, founded by Isa Ye, is an international platform for high-quality design competitions. With three key elements: construction, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, the platform makes every effort to create opportunities for young designers in China. It is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like architecture design, landscaping design, interior design, product design, logo design and fashion design. Young Bird Plan has attracted 879 colleges and universities and 3,388 design institutes in 217 cities of 54 countries.

Since establishment, the platform is committed to providing young designers with more practical opportunities with the concept of “Competition makes a different world”. On the other hand, it constantly connects and meets various demands from political, business, and academic circles and actively fills supply and demand gaps among designers, manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. As a result, design competition projects and related products focusing on urban space and daily life will be further promoted and perfectly made, which contributes to the urbanization in China. It is one of the most influential design competition platforms in the world.


PRIZES – 4500 Euros

 First Prize – 3.500 € (1.500 € + 2.000 € Grant for Master’s degree MArch Valencia )

✰ Three Accesits – 3 x 500 €

✰ Gold Mention – 250 €

✰ Special Award reTH!NKING –  100 € + registration next contest (50 €)

✰ + 10 Honourable Mentions – No economic prize