Bay Book House

Bay Book House

BaBH San Francisco
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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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Open22 January, 2018
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   Early registration22 January, 2018 - 09 March, 2018
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   Registration10 March, 2018 - 13 April, 2018
   Submission deadline27 April, 2018
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Jury Deliberations28 April, 2018 - 21 May, 2018
Jury Decision22 May, 2018
Community vote28 May, 2018 - 28 June, 2018
Results Announced28 June, 2018
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f you have any questions regarding the contest you can not find in the Terms and Conditions of the competition or in these FAQs, we are here to help you at competitions@arquideas.net

 

1- Who is this competition for?
This competition is intended for architecture students and young architects.

2- Who can participate in the Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco architecture competition?
This competition is an international contest. In this competition can participate students or graduate degree students and recent graduates, this is, those who have graduated within the 2 last years before the year of the competition launching, in this case, in 2016 or later.

3- Is it possible to participate in a team?
Yes, you can participate individually or form teams of 2-4 participants.

4- How do I form a team?
When formalizing the registration, the team leader sends invitations to other members. After accepting the invitation, the team and the collaborative area will be created. 

5- Is it necessary to visit the site for the development of the BaBH?
It is not necessary. All documentation required for the development of the ideas competition can be downloaded from the website.

6 - Do you have to consider some form of regulation when developing the project of the BaBH?
No, as it is an ideas competition, is not necessary to consider regulations that are not included in the Terms and Conditions.

7- Does the ID provided at the time of registration match the number of participants?
No, the ID provided in the registration process does not match the number of entries in the contest. It's an identification code for each competitor to preserve anonymity.

8- Once I have paid the registration fee, how do I know that was successful?
Once you have paid the registration fee you will recieve a confirmation email at your email address. Keep in mind that if the payment is made by bank transfer, it can take a few days to become effective.

9- Once I have registered, how I can find my ID?
At any time you can see the information and manage the participation process in a competition by logging to "My Competitions" from the user profile.

10- Can you provide more information on the project panel than the information described in the Terms and Conditions?
Yes, always accompanying the information required in the Terms and Conditions and to help explain the project better.

11- Can you provide additional information to the panel of the contest?
No, the Jury will consider only the information presented in the panel.

12- Is it necessary to have accurate information of the chosen BaBH location?
No, the competition is not so much about the relationship between the project with a specific place, but about the dialogue between the project and the particular landscape offered by San Francisco shoreline. Each participant may freely choose where to set the BaBH.

13- Is any further documentation provided once I register in the competition?
No, all information on the competition can be downloaded without being registered and is considered as necessary and sufficient to make a proposal for an ideas competition. If in the course the competition more information is added, this one can be downloaded from the "downloads" section of the competition page and will be notified through the competition wall.

14- Is it possible to locate the project in a different area of the proposal in the competition?
Yes, you can locate your proposal in a different place of San Francisco shoreline. You must explain correctly the choice of the new location taking into account your project's idea.

 

The FAQs will be updated with the questions of the participants.

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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