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Jurassic Camp House - a competition for a shelter in a nature reserve

01 of July '20

A competition organized by archasm aims to select the best design for a shelter at the heart of The Wave - one of the most famous sandstone rock formations on the slopes of Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Reserve near the Arizona-Utah border.

Due to the delicate nature of the "wave" and the large number of tourists and photographers who want to see it with their own eyes, the reserve authorities have imposed restrictions. The Wave is considered one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.

purpose of the competition

The goal of the competition is to design a freestanding shelter-camping structure in the heart of The Wave that would give tourists and photographers the opportunity to commune with nature and relax. The structure should strive to establish a dialogue between man and nature through architecture. It should be a kind of "window" to the surrounding nature. An important aspect is respect for the landscape context and minimal interference with the environment. The primary function of the building is shelter for 4-5 people.

Contestants may designate any auxiliary function to their shelter proposal. The facility can have an additional viewing platform, a photographer's stand, a meditation center, etc.

registration and schedule

The competition is open to architects, students, engineers from all over the world. You can participate individually or in a team (a team can have up to three members).

Early registration: July 1, 2020. - August 31, 2020.
60 EUR + taxes (per team)
Standard registration: September 1, 2020. - September 29, 2020.
80 EUR + taxes (per team)

Deadline for submitting applications: September 30, 2020.
Results will be announced on October 25, 2020.


Winners will receive prizes with a total value of INR 2,000,000.
- First prize - INR 1,00,000
- Second prize - 60,000 INR
- Third prize - 40,000 INR.
The organizers anticipate 10 honorable mentions.

Details on the archasm website.

elaboration: Basia Hyjek

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