April 18, 2013
It’s back and better than ever. The 7th iteration of the “Changing the Face” architectural competition launches this May! The DuPont-sponsored contest, which asks architects to reimagine the facade of an aging iconic structure, has generated hundreds of ideas from architects all around the world since its founding in 2008. In 2011, Architizer partnered with DuPont to launch Changing the Face: Moscow, where designers submitted proposals to turn a modernist cinema into everything from a shimmering jewel case and monumental silver screen to an amusement park attraction and even what could be conceivably be Mr. Freeze’s headquarters. The competition was open-ended, with loose parameters that sparked all kinds of exciting, if fanciful, ideas like these. But now, things are different.
Changing the Face: Warsaw asks architects to develop a new facade for the city’s much-loved Rotunda building. The owners of the Rotunda, the PKO Bank Polski, are seeking to revitalize the structure with a new facade; along with Architizer, Dupont, the Polish Green Building Council, and the Warsaw branch of SARP, they’ll sift through all the entries to select a winner. The top design will then be built.
If you’re immune to bold text like me, that means it’s a really big deal. It’s a great opportunity for all architects, small and large firms alike, so you’ll make sure you’ll register when the competition officially kicks off next month. Stay tuned for more!
Click through for more about Changing the Face: Warsaw, and more about the Rotunda!