Changing the Face 2013 international architectural competition

DuPont, in cooperation with PKO Bank Polski, the Union of Polish Architects (SARP), the Polish Green Building Council and announces the seventh edition of the Changing the Face international architectural competition, which will be focused on an architectural project in Poland.

The competition calls for innovative designs to revitalize Warsaw’s Rotunda building to provide a new and sustainable face for Central Europe’s largest bank (PKO Bank Polski). While previous editions of this competition were theoretical, this year’s edition promises that the winning design will actually be built!

The PKO Rotunda is the iconic focal point of Zbigniew Karpiski’s 1962-69 urban complex in central Warsaw. Located at the junction of two major streets, the Rotunda is a well-known city landmark and favorite local meeting place. The building is a historically significant part of the city’s 20th-century urban fabric. The redesign of the highly symbolic structure is an unrivalled opportunity to bring a contemporary update to a major modern landmark.

The concept for the Changing the Face competitions was first proposed in 2008 within a workshop dedicated to the Colosseum in Rome, and later developed in iconic buildings in the cities of Bucharest, Prague, Zagreb, Athens and Moscow. In every city, architects were asked to work on a challenging public building selected by DuPont in collaboration with local institutions.

Beyond maintaining the historic qualities of Rotunda building, the revitalization is planned to be certified with two out of three systems – LEED, BREAM or DGNB. An additional condition set by the organizers is the use of at least three DuPont materials, from DuPont™ Corian® advanced surface for exterior cladding to DuPont™ SentryGlas® and DuPont™ SentryGlas® Expressions™ high-performance interlayers for structural and decorative laminated glass, from DuPont™ Tyvek® advanced membranes for the building envelope to DuPont™ Teflon® architectural fabrics and surface protections for decorative coatings and DuPont™ Plantex® root barrier and plant protection solutions.

For Phase I of the competition, registration closes on July 15, 2013, and the project submission deadline is August 19, 2013 at 23:59 CET. Notification of results will take place on August 29, 2013.

For Phase II, the project submission deadline is November 7, 2013 at 23:59 CET. Notification of results and the awards ceremony will be on November 28, 2013.

The jury is comprise of: Andrzej Bulanda, architect and OWSARP judge (Warsaw); Konrad Kucza-Kuczyski, architect, OWSARP judge and Chairman of the Contest Court (Warsaw); Micha ojewski, graphic designer and developer of Bank PKO’s visual identity (Warsaw); Tomasz Marsza, marketing director at PKO Bank Polski (Warsaw); Maciej Miobdzki, architect and OWSARP judge (Warsaw); Marcin Mostafa, architect and OWSARP judge (Warsaw); Grzegorz Pitek, architect/architectural critic (Warsaw); Rafa Schurma, architect, Polish Green Building Council (Gliwice); Wodzimierz Sobo, strategic program manager DuPont (Warsaw); and Aleksandra Wasilkowska, architect and OWSARP judge (Warsaw).

A prize fund of  PLN 200,000 (approximately USD 62,000) gross will be available, and a first prize of PLN 50,000 (approximately USD 15,500) gross will be awarded, along with the realization of the project design.

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