[AC-CA] 2016 Architectural Competition Concours d’Architecture

[MOSCOW] Circus School

Project ///

Moscow is the capital and the largest city of Russia with 12.2 million residents within the city and 16.8 within its urban area. It is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city in the entire European continent. Moscow is the northernmost and coldest mega-city and metropolis in the world. By its territorial expansion in 2012 southwest into the Moscow Oblast, the area of the capital more than doubled; from 1,091 square kilometres up to 2,511 square kilometres (970 sq mi), and gained an additional population of 233,000.

Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia, making it the world’s most populated inland city. The city is well known for its unique architecture with various historic buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its brightly coloured domes.

The city of Moscow is considered the centre of Russian culture, having served as the home of prestigious Russian artists, scientists and sports figures during the course of its history and because of the presence of many different museums, academic and political institutions and theatres. It is also the seat of power of the Government of Russia with the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence of the Russian president. The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also one of the several World Heritage site in the city.

A Circus is a company of performers that may include clowns, acrobats, trapeze acts, musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclist and other object manipulation and stunt-oriented artists. Animals were widely used in traditional circus but less so now. Contemporary circus combines traditional circus skills and theatrical techniques to convey a story or theme. Compared with the traditional circus, the contemporary genre of circus tends to focus more attention on the overall aesthetic impact, on character and story development, and on the use of lighting design, original music and costume design to convey thematic or narrative content.The Moscow State Circus company is widely applauded for its levels of originality and artistic skill./p>

The aim of this International Competition is to design a new Circus School in the heart of Moscow city to serve as an academy for young aspiring circus performers. The architecture of this new building should reflect contemporary design tendencies. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but also take into consideration the urban context and impact. This competition hopes to achieve the following:

_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

_Encourage and reward design excellence at a large scale which integrates function, structure and details.

_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an academic building.

_To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the relation between Architecture and Culture

_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifying the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.


Architects, Architecture Graduated, Engineers and Students. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to enter the Competition.

Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members and there is no age limit.

This is an open International Competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Structure to be built.

Download the competition brief for more information!

Media Sponsors ///

Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced – 27th October 2015

_Start of Competition and Early Bird Registration – 10th November to 30th November 2015

_Standard Registration – 01st December 2015 to 01st February 2016

_Late Registration – 02nd February to 19th February 2016

_Deadline for Questions – 05th February 2016

_Closing Date for Submissions – 19th February 2016

_Jury Evaluation – 20th February – 08th March 2016

_Announcement of Winners and Publication at www.ac-ca.org – 10th March 2016

Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm – 00:00 GMT (London).

Fee ///

Early Bird Registration: US$ 85 from 10th to 30th November 2015

Standard Registration: US$ 100 from 01st December 2015 to 1st February 2016

Late Registration: US$ 125 from 02nd to 19th February 2016

Entrants may register by filling the form and submitting with payment by Debit/Credit card through a secure gateway.

Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,000 with the distribution as follows:




There will also be 7 honorable mentions


1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

• aMush Magazine (Morocco)

• e-architect Architecture News (UK)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)

• thecompetitionsblog.com Competition blog Announcement (Spain)

• Monitor International Magazine (Germany, France, Russia)

• A+E Magazine (Morocco)

• ASK Magazine (Egypt)

• Architme.RU Magazine (Russia)

• Future Arquitecturas Architecture Magazine (USA & China)

• Positive Art Magazine (Italy, Germany, UK)

FAQ ///

Please find below some of the questions asked relating to the [MOSCOW] Circus School competition

_Are participants allowed to replace the existing building or should it be are conserved ?
Participants have been clearly advised to assume the site is vacant, which means the existing building is to be replaced.

_Is there a predefined programme for the different spaces / functions of the zones within the school?
There are no requirement for a detailed program / function within each zone in the school as this would be impossible to get onto a single submission board. It is out of scope for this ideas stage competition.

_Will further detail be provided relating to square meters for each zone?
No. The brief states that participants are free to suggest combinations for each zone. The competition is more interested in the overall design and relationship of the different zones.

_Is there any height limitation for the new building in terms of urban regulation?
No. There no height limitation to be followed for this site and competition. This means no city regulations is to be applied to design ideas, which means Participants the freedom to express their vision for the circus school.

_Are boarding facility or student dormitories provision expected to be included in our design?
No. The brief has not requested the provision of any boarding provision or consideration for the school onsite. However, participants are free to expand the program as part of their individual vision.

_Is there any predefine paper format for the presentation document (e.g A0, A1) ?
The brief has details of the digital submission format and size. Please refer to the issued brief document.

_Is there any recommendation with regards to the size of the digital files? (ie maximum Mb)
The brief has details of the submission format and size. Please refer to page 20 of the issued brief document.

_Is the Circus School of exclusive use to students and staff or will certain spaces like the Cafe, Restaurant, Exhibition, theatre be accessible tand open to the general public?
The school will not normally be open to the public but it can be assumed approved members of the public or organised tour including end of year performance may be held occasionally which will be attended by family and friends and theatre production scouts. It may also be the case that the theatre may be hired out occasionally for special events but these are decision that will be made by the school’s administrators.

_What will be the age group of students attending the schools and associated workshops?
The academy will be used by various age groups ranging from 3-18

_Where can we can find the planning rules of the site area and associated parameters of site, height and distant around the buildings in the site area?
A CAD drawing has been provided and participants has been advised not to apply any local government regulations is for this ideas competition. However the design proposal should sit harmoniously on the site, even if it is of a different height and form.

_Will any animals be used in the new school as part of the circus training? If so, what kind of animals will be used?
No. Please see the brief as it clearly states that the school is geared towards contemporary circus performers which does not use animals but high on human flexibility and endurance.

__Is a car park to be provided as part of the program?
Yes, parking facility for vehicles, motorcycle and bicycle should be provided

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