Architecture competition Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower Honorable mention - UNANIME

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winners of the Honorable mention of our “Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower ” competition - Pierre Sfeir, Sayed Al Meshqab, Zainab Khalil and Darwin Cavaneyro from France!

ADFOT honorable mention - UNANEIM

Pierre Sfeir, Sayed Al Meshqab, Zainab Khalil and Darwin Cavaneyro from France

Unanime is French architecture and engineering company operating internationally across Europe and the Gulf area. We have offices in Paris, Lyon, Aix-les-Bains and Manama (Kingdom of Bahrain). Each project of ours is different in relation to its surrounding environment; as we do not focus only on the design itself, but we take into consideration the architectural identity correspondent to each geographical location. In the GCC, our activities are led by UNANIME ARCHITECTES GULF, our local subsidiary expert team based in Bahrain and operating in neighboring countries like United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

The proposal intends to involve users in the surrounding of Al Wathba Wetland Reserve through a continuous, horizontal and vertical journey that blurs the limits between users, the built space and the environment with all of its inhabitants.

The journey is just as important as the tower itself, users can pause and observe anytime on the way to the peak. The circular form offers a 360 degree view to users while reflecting the motion of the natural cycles, wildlife and users movement. Our deep attention to ecological and social fabric led us to propose a traditional palm leaf tapestry rolled and used as cladding: the “Arish”. This has always been a shelter for local population’s ancestors, an important element in Arab desert architectural heritage, and a place that embraced people with all their stories. From this perspective, we seek to bring back the value of old Arish from the past to the present in a modern, ecological way.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

For more than 25 years, we have been mobilizing the skills and knowledge of each of our collaborators to cultivate our everyday work. Architecture for us is first a journey through humanity.

Our Intrepidness: Creativity, originality, relevance. We encourage taking initiative to propose the most suitable and bold projects.

Our Proximity: We strive to develop long-term relationships of trust with our collaborators through listening, exchange and dialogue to understand and translate their requests.

Our Adaptability: We remain attentive to the normative advances, the evolution of technologies, the realities on the ground, and new trends to modify our working methods and tools to anticipate the needs and enrich our performance.

Our Partnerships: Depending on the specific needs of the projects, we collaborate with our partners to strengthen our skills and ensure the merit of our achievements.

Our Environment: Sensitive to sustainable development, we are attentive to solid and viable economic management of our designs to preserve natural resources and limit environmental impacts for the future.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

The challenge, the exposure and the experience. The challenge is to get together and create something that is engaging and appreciated by our peers and architectural enthusiasts alike.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

We advise all designers to participate in such competitions. It is an opportunity to broaden their horizons and be exposed while challenging themselves into better concepts.

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial

Design a memorial that speaks to the cause of ending all nuclear weapons programs

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 15
Jan 27
Apr 21
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Toronto

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 16
Jan 28
Apr 22
Register now
project COMPETITION
Omuli Museum of the Horse

Reimagine a historical primary school into a museum for horses

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 14
Jan 26
Apr 23
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge

Fourth annual competition to redefine the modern-day skyscraper

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 17
Jan 29
Apr 23
Register now
project COMPETITION
Sleeping Pods on a Cliff

Design a series of sleeping pods for a Portugal yoga retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 18
Feb 01
Apr 27
Register now
project COMPETITION
Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin

Design a meditation space in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 21
Feb 02
Apr 28
Register now
project COMPETITION
Spirala Community Home

Create a community home for the Spirala Ecological Village

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 22
Feb 03
Apr 29
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Berlin Techno Booth

Bring back techno music to the streets of Berlin by designing individual dance booths

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 23
Apr 20
Jul 06
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Modular Home Design Challenge 2021

Design a modular dream home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 24
Apr 21
Jul 07
Register now
essay COMPETITION
Essay: Modular Architecture

How modular design has impacted architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 25
Apr 22
Jul 08
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Hospice - Home for Terminally Ill

Design a safe and supportive space for those struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 30
Apr 27
Jul 13
Register now
project COMPETITION
Romantic Cabin For Two

Design a romantic and secluded cabin for two in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 31
Apr 28
Jul 14
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now
project COMPETITION
Legendary Bird Home 2021

Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PRODUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now

ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS

Newsletter