A Desert Waypoint for Contemplation and Exhibitions

The design competition is for a structure providing space for contemplation and exhibitions near the village of Montello in Nevada.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Students and Age Restriction, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Gallery, Visiter-Center
Country Montello, United States
Registration Deadline 28 February 2018 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 18 March 2018 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Architecture students of all countries, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year

Description
Montello Foundation is a foundation dedicated to support artists who foster our understanding of nature, its fragility and our need to protect it.
The Montello Foundation now intends to build a waypoint, so artists’ interpretations of nature and our interactions with nature may be the starting point for travelers’ contemplations.
When we travel, it is in our nature to seek points of rest, to reorient ourselves. We want to understand the place we are traversing; but we also want to focus our mind on the original purpose of our journey rather than just on the logistics and technicalities of our transportation. Historically these waypoints were of course often created in a spiritual or religious context, recognizing the need to provide a focus for hope. This waypoint should center around a focus on nature, both the wide vistas as well as delicate details.
The main focus of the Foundation to date has been to provide an artist residency in a remote valley near Montello, NV. This retreat is located on 80 acres of desert land and can only be reached by driving approximately 15 miles on dirt roads. It is also meant to be a solitary retreat, a hermitage, so to reach directly to a wider audience, Montello Foundation has decided to create a presence at a much easier to reach and thus a public location.
The design competition is for a structure providing space for contemplation and exhibitions near the village of Montello in Nevada.
The waypoint will be close to an asphalt road, Nevada State Route 233, near the village of Montello. The site is a triangle shaped property about 7.5 acres (3 hectare) in a level part of the valley.
The site has soft sandy soil and the sparse vegetation is predominately comprised of sagebrush and a few different types of grasses. This needs to be taken into consideration for any area used as a walkway or plaza, but not built on. It is at an altitude of 4,800 ft (1,600 m) above sea level and surrounded by mountains approximately 7,000 to 8,000 ft (2,100 to 2,400 m) in elevation to the West and the Pilot Peak Range up to 10,700 ft (3,250 m) height to the East.
The purpose of the structure is threefold:
1) House temporary exhibitions,
2) Create a place of rest and contemplation for travelers and the local community,
3) Provide a place to meet and exchange views and perceptions.

Jury
Benjamin Aranda of Aranda\Lasch
Ali Hocek of ACHA New York
Susanne Wagner of Bauereignis Sütterlin Wagner Berlin
one member of the board of the Montello Foundation, tbd
one representative of the village of Montello, tbd.

Prize
1st place: US $2500
2nd place: US $1000
3 Special Mentions: US $500 each.

Entry Fee
$50 per team (until January 13, 2018)
Late registration: $90 per team

Timetable
Announcement of results and final jury report: April 30, 2018

Organizer
Montello Foundation

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