Bay Book House

Bay Book House

BaBH San Francisco
Number of teams participated
78
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First prize

16
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El proyecto convive con la lectura de los muelles de San Francisco, que fueron los encargados de sustentar el origen y el crecimiento de la ciudad. La ciudad de San Francisco pudo crecer y tomar entidad en la prospera época de la Fiebre del Oro.
El elemento que hace posible la existencia de esos muelles, el pilón, es rebautizado y liberado de su humilde función original, otorgándole el papel de soporte mínimo de esta biblioteca perteneciente a la era tecnológica, en donde se cuestiona el sentido y primacía del soporte papel.

Third prize

19
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We find the opportunity areas location in San Francisco’s East Coast piers and reactivate them through a reticle of intelligent poles and a topography. With this forest of pillars, we get the place’s energy and facts, to transform them into information, improvement and specialisation of the experience and the system itself.

Arquideas prize

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La bahía de San Francisco presenta una relación con todos los puntos de su perímetro a través de la forma de comunicación que fue más relevante e identitaria en la ciudad: las vías náuticas.
El proyecto se vincula con el elemento natural más importante en la bahía: el agua. Busca reivindicar la comunicación náutica, a través de un dispositivo inserto en el agua, que potencie y reactive los muelles en desuso.
Múltiples experiencias generadas con el propósito de sumergirnos en el conocimiento hasta perdernos. Atrapar el conocimiento a partir de una experiencia sensorial, dinámica y abierta.

San Francisco is the fourth largest city in the State of California, with a population of around 860,000 distributed over 121 km2. It is located on the West Coast of the United States, on the north end of the San Francisco peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and connected to the mainland to the south.

Today San Francisco is one of the most important cities of the United States, one of the most well-known cultural, technological and financial centres of California, at the leading edge of research in biotechnology and biomedicine, where the opportunities generated by the internet revolution continue to attract residents and skilled workers with high salaries. It also welcomes more than 16 million tourists a year, drawn by the iconic image of the city. Its music, cinema and monuments are recognized around the world.

In 1849, during the California Gold Rush, the small trading post known as Yerba Buena became the incoming port for numerous ships transporting thousands of fortune hunters from all over the world. The population grew from 400 to 25,000 residents in just one year. The promise of great fortunes was so tempting that the crews of the arriving ships deserted them and hurried to the gold fields, leaving the Port of San Francisco filled with ghost ships. Mud and gravel was dumped into the bay due to mining activity, extending the boundaries of San Francisco 10 blocks out from its natural border.
 

With the outbreak of World War II, the port became a military logistics centre involving nearly all the piers, with ships and troops and warships docked all along the Embarcadero. After the war and the arrival of container ships, commercial traffic moved to the Port of Oakland. The piers fell into disuse and were relegated to storage or abandoned.

Today, the north-eastern shore of San Francisco has been reborn as a walking path flanked by palm trees and with a trolley, where numerous piers have been transformed into restaurants, office buildings and commercial areas. There are plans to build a museum, a cruise ship terminal and other services and attractions for residents and visitors.
 

The objective of this competition for students of architecture and young architects, Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco, consists in proposing a space for cultural exchange that will activate one or several of the unused piers of the historic Port of San Francisco.

Thanks to its privileged location, the proposed space will seek to become an international  meeting point for students and researchers, as well as for lovers of culture and general knowledge, where consultation, open-air reading or technological innovation will attract inhabitants or visitors.

The BaBH aspires to be the future of traditional libraries, an evolution in the how we understand, use and enjoy this source of knowledge, a museum of (not) books adapted to today’s world, and where culture becomes a unique sensory experience.

In a city filled with iconic images known around the world, this new space should become the new cultural reference of San Francisco, the flagship of the strong shoreline that is currently flowering.
 

The following prizes will be awarded to proposals that best meet the purpose of the competition:

1st Prize

3.750 euros + one year free subscription to Arquitectura Viva + one year free subscription to WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Digital publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Digital publication in Arquitectura Viva + Digital publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell + Digital publication in Metalocus.

The winner or members of the winner team will take part of the Jury in the next architecture competition.

2nd Prize

1.500 euros + one year free subscription to Arquitectura Viva + one year free subscription to WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Digital publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Digital publication in Arquitectura Viva + Digital publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell + Digital publication in Metalocus.

3rd Prize

625 euros + one year free subscription to Arquitectura Viva + one year free subscription to WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Digital publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Digital publication in Arquitectura Viva + Digital publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell + Digital publication in Metalocus.

Arquideas Special Prize

The Arquideas Special Prize will be given, awarded with 500 euros, to the proposal with more votes from Arquideas Community users, among winners, honorable mentions and the finalist projects.

Honorable Mentions

Up to 5 Honorable Mentions will be given to the most interesting proposals in terms of architectural quality, and which have not received any of the first three prizes, and will be awarded with the following prize:

Digital publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Digital publication in Arquitectura Viva + Digital publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell + Digital publication in Metalocus.

The registration period falls between January 22, 2018 and April 13, 2018.

Early registration: (from January 22, 2018 to March 9, 2018)

50 € individual registration
75 € team registration (from 2 to 4 members)

Regular registration: (from March 10, 2018 to April 13, 2018)

75 € individual registration
100 € team registration (from 2 to 4 members)

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Competition's jury

Co-founder and Principal of 3XN Architects
Co-founder of MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
Principal of Mangera Yvars Arquitectos
Principal of MGM Morales de Giles Arquitectos
Professor at ETSA Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Director of ArchDaily Mexico
Diego Botella, Álvaro Jiménez, Omar Páez y Yacme Mangrané

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