COSTA DEL SPRAWL ideas competition 2016

Competition Winners

Last Thursday 17th August the winners of the Costa del Sprawl Ideas Competition were announced at the opening of the exhibition as:

1st place

Costa del la Sombra by Ana Rita Vale and André Calvete

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Winner – Costa del la Sombra by Ana Rita Vale and André Calvete

Runners Up

Modular Sprawl by Nico (Seong) Hur

MAAC by 23 AGD (Cruz Criollo)

Suspended Blocks // C by Benoit Bourd

Frontier Hack by Studio LOL


The entire exhibition can now be seen on our Facebook page: Estudio ESSE Facebook

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The Competition is now closed.

Judging is now underway and winners will be announced on Friday 12th August 2016.

An exhibition including winers and selected entries will run from 17th – 19th August 2016.

Further information regarding the exhibition will be posted soon.

Many thanks to all the those who registered and submitted designs.

Exhibition poster.jpg

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open ideas competition

This open ideas competition forms part of a wider research project and seeks designs which encourage and facilitate cultural exchange and integration between immigrant and native communities. Spain’s Costa del Sol has been permanently transformed by the construction boom of the late 20th and early 21st century and its abrupt end with the European financial crisis. Inward looking private residential complexes and commercial facilities sprawl incoherently to form communities inhabited predominantly by immigrants from Northern Europe. The financial crisis brought almost all construction to an abrupt halt. Abandoned structures remain on the periphery of the sprawl as if monuments to the boom and crash.

The brief is simple. This competition asks individuals and teams to produce a single A3 page which communicates their idea for the repurposing of an abandoned structure at the edge of one of the Costa del Sol’s urbanisations. The concrete foundations of an incomplete residential building in Riviera del Sol embody the moment the crisis hit this part of Spain. Ideas are sought to demonstrate how such modern day ruins can be used and adapted in order to have a positive impact within their communities where the current urban design makes integration of cultures so difficult.

The site


The primary site for the ideas competition is the unfinished concrete structure highlighted on the map, however, designers are encouraged to think of ways in which new designs can engage the structure with the surrounding area and community. There is therefore no official boundary to the site, the only requirement is that the concrete structure is incorporated into any proposal.

Concrete structure highlighted

Link to site location on google maps’14.1%22N+4%C2%B042’03.0%22W/@36.4998741,-4.7041682,8616a,20y,26.72h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d36.503928!4d-4.700822

Map location

Dates and deadlines

Competition launched: Tuesday 28th June 2016

Deadline for questions: Friday 29th July 2016

Submission deadline: 23.59 GMT on Monday 8th August 2016

Judging period: Tuesday 9th – Wednesday 10th August 2016

Winners announced: Friday 12th August 2016

Exhibition: Friday 12th – Friday 19th August 2016


A number of Winning proposals will be selected based on their invention, clarity of communication and ability to tackle the complex issues of cultural exchange and integration through architectural and urban design.

Selected submissions will be exhibited as part of a temporary exhibition aimed at engaging residents and visitors of the Costa del Sol’s sprawling communities in a debate around the future of their surroundings.

Winners and exhibited entries will also be published online and included in the final research project presentation supported by the West Yorkshire Society of Architects.


Judges to be announced very shortly…

Submission Requirements

This competition is open to everybody. To enter, each team/individual should submit a single A3 PDF named [project title].PDF and completed project submission form by email to before the deadline of 23.59 GMT on Monday 8th August 2016. The combined size of attachments should not exceed 5mb.


To gain access to the competition submission material and further design resources please enter your team name and email below in order to be sent a download link.



Any questions and queries should be sent to


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