Observatory Design Competition


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The structure of ‘The Observatory’ will be determined through a design competition open to teams of architects and artists across the UK and Internationally.  


The nature of the competition will require architecture practices to demonstrate effective partnerships and involvement with artists as part of their design process.  The teams may also include engineers and students artists and architects.


The design brief sets out the requirements for a ‘structure’ that will provide shelter for an artists to work in. As the structure will move location up to 3 times it will need to be demountable and cable of being easily moved on a lorry and potentially be re-configurable to suit the needs and geography of the new site.


The use of a competition format will lead to a broad range of new and possibly unique ideas.  It will help push the experimental nature of the project and encourage teams to explore new materials and ways of creating temporary, movable structures.



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Short LIST:

Congratulations to the following 5 teams on being short-listed for the Observatory Project.  We received some some really great entries and the judges very much enjoyed looking through all of the proposals. Interviews and a selection of the winning design will take place on 3rd April.

Plus a special mention for the student design by: Dhaval Hasmuclal, Ruth Evans, Kalpesh Parbat from Arts University Bournemouth.  The judges were intrigued by both the approach and the presentation of the panels.



We are delighted to announce the following teams have been long-listed for the Observatory Competition. There has been a fantastic response to the competiton and we are grateful for the hard-work everyone has put into their fabulous ideas.


The images below show only one of the teams entry boards. Please click on the image to see an enlarged image and team members names.




The Competition has now closed and we are starting to long-list entries.




We are delighted to announce the judging panel:



A long-list of entries will be unveiled at Winchester Guildhall, Courtyard Gallery on 3rd March and will be exhibited until 7th March.


Judging of entries will take place on 7th March and an announcement of the 5 shortlisted entries will be announced shortly afterwards in Building Design and on BBC Online. 


The exhibition of entries will then tour all 4 locations for the Observatory during March, before a final announcement of the winner is made in the first week of April.


Exhibition dates and Venues:


The Courtyard, Guildhall Winchester:

Mon 3rd Mar (from 12 noon) to Friday 7th Mar


Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington:

Mon 10th Mar (from 12 noon) to Fri 14th Mar


Salt House, West Bay, Dorset:

Sat 22nd Mar 10 - 5pm (only)

(kindly hosted by DIVAcontemporary)


Tamar Valley Centre, Gunnislake, Cornwall:

Mon 24th Mar (from 12 noon) to Fri 28th Mar

(kindly hosted by River Tamar Project)