Call for Ideas | The Living Museum

SAVE Call for Ideas | The Living Museum

Last Submission Date: August 1, 2021

Last Registration Date: August 1, 2021

Language: English

Country: Italy

Prizes: 7,000€

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

TerraViva Competitions launches THE LIVING MUSEUM, a new architecture competition focused on the design of micro-accommodation units immersed in the Sardinian landscape of the Nivola Museum. Prizes up to 7.000 € will be awarded to the winners selected by an international jury panel composed by, among others, Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti), Arthur Chang (NADAAA), Nicolás Campodonico  (Nicolás Campodonico), Luis Gallego Pachón (Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos);

Just one hour away from the magnificent Sardinian coast, Orani may seem just one more of a large number of “lost towns” in the middle of the island. However, there is one particular feature that highlights it from the rest of the villages, a “hidden gem” ready to be rediscovered: the Nivola Museum.

In line with the idea of imagining a museum that breaks with the conventions of the traditional, the competition proposes to integrate an accommodation program within the Nivola Museum. What if it would offer to its visitors the possibility to actually “live” in it? How could a program of this kind be integrated in the surrounding context?

The exhibition centre sits in a spectacular natural site on the southern side of Orani’s valley, below the scenographic mountain of Monte Gonare. Aside from the existing formal gardens, the complex includes over 20 hectares of land covered by olive trees and wild Mediterranean vegetation: the ideal location for a few small accommodation pavilions immersed in the local landscape.

Competitors are therefore asked to imagine and design creative proposals focused on a unique and unconventional type of accommodation facility, located in the heart of the museum’s park. A privileged stopover for those tourists intent on traveling through the Nuorese region, and possibly also for those international artists who periodically reach Orani to set up their own exhibitions.

Requirements / Eligibility

The competition is open to students, architects, designers, urbanists, engineers, artists, makers, activists and anyone interested in the fields of design and architecture. Participants can join the competition either individually or with a team.

In the search for innovative concepts and original projects, “The Living Museum” encourages participants to experiment with a wide range of typologies, sizes and materials. Needless to say, the aim is to avoid massive buildings that generally neglect the context. In fact, the intention is to design small-scale structures capable of enhancing the value of the magnificent natural site.

Accommodation should be guaranteed for a maximum of eight guests. Rooms can be contained in a unique block, in separate ones or even in small independent units isolated from each other.

Inspired by the unique nature of this magnificent landscape, competitors are free to decide where to place the intervention within the Museum complex. In between the trees, following the topography, embedded in the hill, raised from the ground, are just some of the endless possibilities. The choice, however, must be justified by the project itself and its strong relationship with the context.



  • 1st Prize: 3.000€
  • 2nd Prize: 2.000€
  • 3rd Prize: 1.000€
  • 4 Golden Mentions “Richard Ingersoll”: 250€ each
  • 10 Honorable Mentions
  • 30 Finalists


Submission / Key Dates

Two A2 panels landscape-oriented + a brief text (up to 250 words).


  • EARLY Registrations from 15/03/2021 to 31/05/2021
  • STANDARD Registrations from 01/06/2021 to 15/07/2021
  • LATE Registrations from 16/07/2021 to 01/08/2021
  • SUBMISSION Deadline 01/08/2021
  • WINNERS Announcement 13/09/2021


About the Organizer

TerraViva Competitions has been recently opened as a new branch of TerraViva Workshop: an international didactic platform active since 2015, under the guidance of professor Richard Ingersoll and in partnership with Politecnico di Milano university. This new section proposes a series of “unconventional” design competitions in line with the topics addressed throughout the past years in the architecture workshops.

Mainly directed to students, young creatives and professionals, TerraViva Competitions works as a cultural hub focused on innovative ideas linked to design, architecture and urbanism. Firmly believing that creativity is the most powerful tool to trigger new design practices and to feed the debate on present and future issues, this series of competitions aims to promote original projects with a conscious vision about environmental and social sustainability.


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