Arquideas Grant 2013

Arquideas Grant 2013

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
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First prize


The proposed thalassotherapy center is conceived of as an immersive landscape: it is a place within which the user submits the body to spa treatments and transformation. In order to treat the body and mind, the user must first be removed from the usual.

The latest addition to the competitions developed by Arquideas over the last few years is the second edition of the Arquideas Grant competition. The goal of this initiative is to promote and encourage continued training for students and young architects.

The Arquideas Grant competition will provide students and young architects who wish to continue their training the opportunity to receive practical experience in an internationally respected architecture studio for a period of three months.

The winner of the Arquideas Grant competition will receive a cash prize to enhance their training and the opportunity to gain practical experience in an internationally respected architecture studio.

To have a chance to win the Arquideas Grant competiton prize, participants must anonymously carry out the proposed academic exercise, which will then be evaluated by the studio collaborating with each edition of the competition.

The winner will be selected anonymously, based only on the material provided to the Arquideas Grant competition.

This competition is an open call aimed at individual students and young professionals working in architecture and design anywhere in the world.

The current call for the Arquideas Grant competition includes the collaboration of the prestigious Miralles Tagliabue EMBT architecture studio ( and the Fundació Enric Miralles (

Benedetta Tagliabue is the director of the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT architecture studio and president of the Fundació Enric Miralles. She has taught classes at Columbia University, Harvard GSD and she runs summer workshops in the TEC de Monterray (Mexico) and the Venice School of Architecture (IUAV), in addition to tirelessly presenting conferences in prestigious architecture schools and institutions throughout the world, such as the RIBA, the AA and the Barlett School of London, the Berlage Institute of Amsterdam, the Universidad Central of Venezuela and the University of Zhejiang in China, among others.

She was a member of the jury for the Landscape, Architecture & Wine competition organized by Arquideas, and other international architecture competitions, as well as prestigious prizes, such as the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and the 2009 RIBA Stirling Prize.

The current call for the Arquideas Grant competition seeks to recycle the pre-existing structures of an old development project located in southern Tenerife, transforming it into a thalassotherapy centre.

The proposal is to create a thalassotherapy physical health centre, using the pre-existing structures and keeping in mind its relationship with the surrounding area.

This competition provides participants the opportunity to question the typical housing development created during the real estate boom and reinvent its use, as well as to work on its immediate surroundings.

The winner of this call of the 2013 Arquideas Grant competition will receive a cash prize of 4,200 euros, given to enhance the winner’s professional training, and the opportunity to gain practical experience in the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT architecture studio.

The winner of the 2013 Arquideas Grant competition will have the final decision on whether or not to take advantage of the opportunity for practical training.

The registration period falls between June 21 and November 8, 2013.

Early registration fee: (from June 21 to October 11, 2013)
50 €

Regular registration fee: (from October 12 to November 8, 2013)
75 €

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Competition's jury

Head of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Arturo Mc Clean
Communications Manager at Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Emiliano Armani
Architect manager of cultural and educational programs at Fundacio Enric Miralles






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