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Ireland Meditation Mine

YAC launches a competition of ideas aiming to recondition an Irish industrial archeological masterpiece into a meditation destination immersed in nature.
Competition Type:
Ideas Competition
Eligibility:
At least one team member - 18 to 35 yo
Registration Deadline:
July 31, 2022
Submission Deadline:
August 3, 2022
Entry Fee:
Early Bird Entry - 65€
Standard Entry - 85€
Late Entry - 115€
* +22% tax

📔 Competition Brief

People often talk about it. Mass culture is steeped in its legends and landscapes. Yet, this time the Ireland we are about to describe is not the Ireland of Celts, moors, fairies or sprites. This story is about a dusty Ireland made of dirt and sweat, efforts and poverty.

There is an increasingly common need for solitude, silence, and a return to vast natural spaces.

This is the Ireland of miners, men and women of brave hearts that used to mine from the heart of the island the minerals feeding the furious 19th-century industry. This is a story of silent heroism, ordinary people, an extraordinary ordinariness attested by majestic ruins that are no less fascinating than the stark castles and mysterious abbeys depicting the best-known face of Romantic Ireland.

The architectures towering over Allihies mines are machine buildings that were used to move miners underground. Today, they appear as gutted stone engines that seem to defy gravity with their huge cracks. Nevertheless, for centuries they have been guarding natural paradises that had been abandoned or visited by a few passionate hikers.
Today, though, the common perception is changing, and new scenarios are being set for these architectures too.

There is an increasingly common need for solitude, silence, and a return to vast natural spaces.
Indeed, there is a growing need to escape from the urban environment, from an everyday life that is often too suffocating and alienating. There is an increasingly common need for solitude, silence, and a return to vast natural spaces. It is the need to reconnect with one’s intimacy to be met by visiting places with supernatural fascination. Notoriously, Ireland is studded with the most intriguing scenarios.

Ancient mines were built to mine minerals from the mountain. However, in their ruins, maybe contemporary humanity can mine something that is even more valuable than metals and find that sense of peace and harmony contemporary society has somehow jeopardized.

This is the goal of the competition Ireland Meditation Mine, aiming at turning Irish industrial archeology masterpieces into a retreat and meditation destination for people who look for meaningful experiences away from contemporaneity and immersed in the mystic beauty of a timeless nature.

Surrounded by stones tormented by the wind and uninterrupted silence, humanity can undertake the escape from civilization that urged the first wise men to retire to their caves in pursuit of a solitary life that has always been considered the most effective recipe for human happiness.

YAC thanks all designers who will accept this challenge.

🏆 Prizes

All awarded projects will be sent to websites, magazines and architectural platforms. Furthermore, they can be displayed at national and international architectural events.

  • 1st Prize: € 8,000
  • 2nd Prize: € 4,000
  • 3rd Prize: € 2,000
  • 2 Gold Mentions: € 500 each
  • 10 Honorable Mentions
  • 30 Finalists

🦸‍♂️ Jury

Each jury is nominated with utmost care and is composed of professionals of the highest repute whose activity is consistent with the theme of the competition.

  • Gong Dong - VECTOR ARCHITECTS
  • Danny Collins - COUNTY COUNCILLOR WEST CORK
  • Edoardo Currà - LA SAPIENZA UNIVERSITY
  • Valerie Mulvin - MCCULLOUGH MULVIN
  • Federico Pompignoli - FORMER OMA
  • Neil Hubbard - HEATHERWICK STUDIO
  • Rossana Hu - NERI&HU
  • Tadhg O’Sullivan - ALLIHIES COPPER MINE MUSEUM

✏ Submission

Participants must upload the following materials in order to correctly take part in the competition:

n.1 A1 board (841 x 594 mm)

In .pdf format, maximum size 10 MB, horizontal or vertical layout, to be uploaded on the personal login area. This layout must contain:

  • design concept / conceptual idea
  • graphic framework aimed to illustrate the project (e.g. plans, facades, cross-sections) – the choice of what to display and at which scale is up to the competitor’s choice;
  • 3D views (e.g. renderings, model pictures, hand sketches).

File name: A1_teamname_IMM.pdf (i.e. if “teamname” is 123, the file must be named A1_123_IMM.pdf)

n.1 A3 album (420 x 297 mm)

In .pdf format (maximum size 10 MB), horizontal layout, maximum 7 pages (boards) long, to be uploaded on the personal login area. The A3 album must contain:

  • one general plan on a 1:500 scale;
  • significative plans on a 1:200 scale;
  • at least one significant cross-section on a 1:200 scale.

File name: A3_teamname_IMM.pdf (i.e. if “teamname” is 123, the file must be named A3_123_IMM.pdf)

n.1 cover .jpg o .png, (1920x1080px)

It should be a relevant image showing the project that will become its avatar icon.

File name: cover_teamname_IMM.pdf (i.e. if “teamname” is 123, the file must be named cover_123_IMM.pdf)

Texts must be brief and written in English. The materials cannot contain any name or reference to designers. The materials cannot report the Team name on them. The name is only meant to appear on the file name since the jury will not be enabled to see it during the voting procedure.

Please visit the competition website for more information.

🎫 Entry Fee

65€ Early Bird Entry deadline June 5, 2022
85€ Standard Entry deadline July 3, 2022
115€ Late Entry deadline July 31, 2022
* plus 22% tax.

📜 More Info

Find more information about this competition here – Competition Website

Disclaimer: The information shared above is just a general guide and may not have the most recent or complete details about the competition. It’s important to double-check the information on the organizer’s website and the competition brief before you enter or rely on it. Deziko is not responsible for any mistakes or consequences that may arise from using the information.If you notice any errors, please contact us, and we’ll fix them as soon as possible.
Competition Type:
Ideas Competition
Eligibility:
At least one team member - 18 to 35 yo
Registration Deadline:
July 31, 2022
Submission Deadline:
August 3, 2022
Entry Fee:
Early Bird Entry - 65€
Standard Entry - 85€
Late Entry - 115€
* +22% tax
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