Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. Covering a total of 18,989 km², it extends 400 km from north to south and 60 km from east to west.
The park is located in north-east South Africa, on the border with Mozambique and extends from north to south from the border with Zimbabwe almost to the border with Swaziland.
Kruger National Park is among the largest national parks in the world and without a doubt one of the most famous. It is an impressive wildlife refuge that holds an incredible diversity of large animals. Perhaps the most well-known are the famous Big Five: the African elephant, the lion, the leopard, the rhinoceros and the buffalo.
The park represents one of the last wildlife refuges with large populations of white and black rhinoceroses, both of which are on the verge of extinction. It is important to note that today South Africa is home to 80% of the world population of rhinoceroses, estimated to be only 5,000 black rhinoceroses and around 20,000 white rhinoceroses.
The park possesses around 2 million hectares of land and holds an estimated 5,000 white rhinoceroses, 350 black rhinoceroses, 25,000 buffalo, 2,000 lions, around 12,000 elephants, 17,000 gnus, 4,000 boars, 2,000 hyenas and 170,000 impalas, among many other species.
Tourism is without a doubt the greatest hope for the survival of the species, since money generated by visitors who want to view this magnificent animal along with the other large animals of Africa, motivates the countries affected with this issue to invest resources in protecting these species.
The goal of this competition for architecture students and young architects, entitled International Wildlife Center (IWC) in Africa, is to create a visitor centre and accommodation for tourists and volunteers, whose main objective is to collect funds for animal protection.
The IWC will receive tourists interested in a learning experience that includes direct contact with the species that live in Kruger National Park, as well as professionals, volunteers linked to the veterinarian studies and the care and protection of animals and nature, who want to broaden their knowledge of these species, as well as contribute to the protection of their habitat.
The objective of the IWC will be to work to conserve and restore autochthonous fauna and their habitat by providing action-oriented education, raising public awareness, promoting strategic associations and a responsible rehabilitation of the fauna, at the same time offering accommodation and services to welcome tourists from all around the world who want to contribute to the protection of this reserve.
The IWC will not be a traditional visitor centre that simply transmits information, but rather it will seek to raise and disseminate awareness about the importance of animal protection to its visitors, encouraging them to become the volunteers that are so necessary to protect and prolong the existence of wildlife.
The idea is to create a space that has a strong attraction to a public of all ages, a space visited by tourists who love wildlife, as well as professionals and volunteers who desire to help with the conservation of the fauna of this ecosystem.
The following prizes will be awarded to proposals that best meet the purpose of the competition:
3.750 euros + Publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Publication in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + Publication in Taller al Cubo + 1 year free subscription to WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + 1 year free subscription to AV Proyectos magazine.
The winner or person that represents the winner team will take part of the Jury in the next academic competition.
1.500 euros + Publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Publication in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + Publication in Taller al Cubo + 1 year free subscription to WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + 1 year free subscription to AV Proyectos magazine.
625 euros + Publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Publication in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + Publication in Taller al Cubo + 1 year free subscription to WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + 1 year free subscription to AV Proyectos magazine.
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.
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:
Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell + Publication in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + 1 year free digital subscription to AV Proyectos.
The registration period falls between October 13, 2014 and January 16, 2015.
Early registration: (from October 13, 2014 to November 28, 2014)
50 € individual registration
75 € team registration (from 2 to 4 members)
Regular registration: (from November 29, 2014 to January 16, 2015)
75 € individual registration
100 € team registration (from 2 to 4 members)
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