Ashore: Eco-sensitive pier design challenge

SAVE Ashore: Eco-sensitive pier design challenge

Last Submission Date: November 23, 2021

Last Registration Date: November 22, 2021

Language: English

Country: Alabama , United States

Prizes: 24000$

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

The competition “Ashore” briefed to design an eco-sensitive pier that acts as a recreational sport and a viewpoint for the visitors.

A pier is sometimes functional like a place to get on and off boats, or many times recreational like a viewpoint or an eating area, and this gives us an opportunity to rethink its environmental standing.

Can piers be more interactive than just being a means to get to the ocean? How can design help carry the subtle message of environmental awakening to the visitors? Can construction be capable of improving the condition of the existing environment? How will the aspects of functionality and aesthetics be managed to create a responsive design?

The construction is in an eco-sensitive area so the design must have no harmful effect on the site.

The design of the viewing tower at the end of the pier will stand as a symbol to address the stake of humankind in the ocean’s ecological balance.

The relationship between the two entities – nature and humankind can be metaphorical or direct and these choices are left upto the participants to infer.


  • Context – Site conditions must be taken into consideration while designing. Materials and construction intricacies are to be maintained upto the local convenience.
  • Ecological – The design must use minimal resources and cause the least disruption to the site. Material choice, techniques, layout, and so on, must not cause harm to the site context.
  • Public Function – The view deck must function as a space for leisure and recreation. Awareness of ocean pollution must also be promoted through activity.
  • Landmark – The image of the pier has to attract visitors and promote contemplation of human ways, and sensitizing them to ocean pollution, water conservation, and so on.

For more information visit the competition WEBSITE.

Requirements / Eligibility

The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
The team limit for this competition is 4 members maximum per team.

Submission / Key Dates

Registration Deadline: November 22, 2021
Submission Deadline: November 23, 2021
Winner Announcement: January 20, 2022

About the Organizer

Unfuse serves as a unit for Uni in the field of Architecture. It intends to break the fusion of traditional design barriers and methodologies by making it a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas in architecture, urbanism, society, culture, and ecology. It is a research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers from all domains to explore ideas that go beyond the boundaries of architectural discipline and enrich our built environment; thereby opening up possibilities for the promotion of architectural thought at a global level.

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