Nature Observatory of Amazonia

Nature Observatory of Amazonia

South America 2014
Number of teams participated
189
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First prize

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Visiting the amazon it’s a journey not a day trip. The Amazon cannot be reduced to just one specific place, instead we chose to adapt ourselves to the richness of the region and propose a system that can me implemented throughout all the river.

Conceived as a network of preinstalled steel ropes each one of them work as “stations” –refuges- one journey distant from each other. Ropes are anchored to nearby tree trunks at both sides of the river.

Second prize

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Designing an observatory for the Amazonian Rainforest, our proposal is driven by the idea of developing a new principle of “sustainable tourism” rather than creating just an architectural object.
Our main focus for the design is to create a eco-friendly tour along a arranged path through the forest. Visitors will be introduced into a huge variety of Amazon’s flora and fauna and get in touch as close as possible with a minimum of physical impact.
The route leads the participants, beginning from the starting point, a Pier at the Amazon river to several checkpoints.

Third prize

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Al plantearme por primera vez un observatorio en un ambiente como el Amazonas me di cuenta de que el término ‘observar’ se quedaría corto en dicha localización. Por esta razón, NOA SEAL no es un simple observatorio. NOA SEAL es un laboratorio, donde no solo se observa, sino que también se descubre, estudia y experimenta con el exterior. El edificio será una cápsula de reconocimiento del terreno.

Arquideas prize

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Can you imagine the best way to become a part of a wildlife? What about pursuing the spirit of the Amazon rainforest by climbing the suspended trail, cutting through the undiscovered nooks of the wildness. The spatial path walk, interweaving with the enormous trees, provides intimate access to all the levels of the giant forest, commonly unreachable and unknowable. With each loop, a different layer of the jungle is discovered, unveiling another outlook at the surrounding. In the end, the journey rewards the explorer with a terrace, providing a viewpoint overlooking the river’s skyline.

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The Amazon is a vast region located in the central northern part of South America comprised of the Amazon Basin rainforest. 

The Amazon rainforest, considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is the largest rainforest on the planet. It is believed to cover 6 million km² distributed over eight different countries, of which the largest areas belong to Peru, Colombia and Brazil, followed by Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Venezuela and Surinam. The Amazon is known as one of the regions with the greatest biodiversity in the world. 

The high temperatures favour the development of thick and exuberant vegetation that is always green. The Amazon has been named the “Lungs of the Earth”, based on the fact that it maintains a climatic equilibrium on the planet by continuously recycling CO2 into O2.

The entire wet tropical flora of South America is found in the Amazon rainforest. There are innumerable species of plants that have yet to be classified, thousands of species of birds, countless amphibians and millions of insects. In fact, 20% of the species of birds and plants on the planet can be found in the Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon rainforest grows around the Amazon River and its drainage basin. The Amazon River has the largest water flow and is the longest in the world, stretching for more than 6,800 km. The majority of its length follows a serpentine path through the jungle, creating a network of channels and many islands. The average depth of the Amazon is 50 meters and its width varies between 1.5 and 3 km.

Its drainage basin is also the largest in the planet.

It originates at the base of the Nevado Mismi mountain peak in Peru, at an altitude of about 5,170 m, crossing Colombia, and ends on the Brazilian coast.

The Amazon river system has more than one thousand major tributaries, 25 of which are more than 1,000 km long. The river system is comprised of more than 100,000 km of rivers that make up the Amazon Basin, upon which the jungle depends for its existence. About 50% of the precipitation in this region is produced by this forest system. 

The main economic activities in the basin are based on the massive exportation of rubber plant and wood, which lead to a great deal of deforestation in the region, one of the greatest threats to the Amazon. 

The objective of this competition for students and young professionals of Architecture and Design, named the Nature Observatory of Amazonia (NOA), is to come up with ideas for the creation of a centre in which the Amazon ecosystem can be learned about and observed through intimate contact with nature. 

The Nature Observatory of Amazonia (NOA) seeks to become an innovative reference for the dissemination of knowledge about the biological and cultural diversity of the natural environment of the Amazon, providing spaces for educational participation in environmental activities, as well as becoming an interesting stop on the tourism route along the Amazon River. 

The project should establish a close dialogue with the landscape and natural surroundings of this unique region of the planet and be highly self-sufficient and sustainable. 

The idea is to create a space which facilitates the relationship between its visitors and nature, a space which stimulates eco-tourists and invites the public to learn about the importance of taking care of the environment. 

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

1st Prize

3.750 euros + Publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Publication in Future Arquitecturas + Publication in ARQ magazine + Digital publication in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + Digital publication in Taller al Cubo + Free digital subscription to AV Proyectos (6 issues) + Free subscription to Tectonica-online.

The winner or person that represents the winner team will take part of the Jury in the next academic competition.

2nd Prize

1.500 euros + Publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Publication in Future Arquitecturas + Publication in ARQ magazine + Digital publication in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + Digital publication in Taller al Cubo + Free digital subscription to AV Proyectos (6 issues) + Free subscription to Tectonica-online.

3rd Prize

625 euros + Publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Publication in Future Arquitecturas + Publication in ARQ magazine + Digital publication in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + Digital publication in Taller al Cubo + Free digital subscription to AV Proyectos (6 issues) + Free subscription to Tectonica-online.

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:

Publication in Future Arquitecturas + Publication in ARQ magazine + Digital publication in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + Digital publication in Taller al Cubo + Free subscription to Tectonica-online.

The registration period falls between April 11, 2014 and June 13, 2014.

Early registration: (from April 11, 2014 to May 16, 2014)

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

Regular registration: (from May 17, 2014 to June 13, 2014)

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

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Competition's jury

Teresa Sapey
Head of Teresa Sapey Architecture Office
José Castillo
Principal of arquitectura 911sc
Beatriz Colomina
Professor of Architecture at Princeton University
Diana Wiesner
Head of Arquitectura y Paisaje EU
Santiago de Molina
Professor of Architecture at San Pablo CEU University in Madrid
Ariadna Cantis
Architect, critic and architectural curator
Juhee Han
Winner of IMOA Atacama architecture competition

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