WWF Observation Cabins

Thanks to this competition architects will have the opportunity to play a crucial role in defending the planet designing observation points and a visitors’ center.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Age Restriction , Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Visitor-Center
Country Orbetello, Italy
RegDeadline 6 June 2021 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
9 June 2021 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Participants can be students, graduates, freelance architects even when they belong to a team. Each Teams must include at least one team member aged from 18 to 35.

Soil consumption, deforestation, poaching. If the numerous species living on Earth had a voice, there would be a deafening cry of pain rising from deserts, mountains, burning forests and polluted skies.
In the fight for the protection of ecosystems there are no winners or losers. Yet, human beings seem to linger. While the delicate balances supporting this planet are eroding, anachronistic economic systems linger over reversing course of a race for a progress with no future and a wealth with no tomorrow.
This is the awareness at the base of WWF's initiatives. For sixty years, WWF has been giving voice to the silent cry of those who have none to ask for help. WWF's oases were created to achieve this goal. They aim at protecting the abundance of this planet and the right to exist of every living creature.
However, there is no protection without knowledge. There is no conservation without access. Protecting means giving access to the wonders of Mother Nature. This is because only by enjoying the existing beauty one can fall in love with it and only by falling in love with it one can become an active player in defending our planet.
This is the goal of WWF Observation Cabins. This is YAC's and WWF's competition to support one of the most ancient WWF's oases. Such competition aims at creating a place where to raise awareness, where visitors can reconcile with nature by enjoying and acknowledging the beauty that lies where human beings manage to remain silent and listen.
Thanks to this competition architects will have the opportunity to play a crucial role in defending the planet designing observation points and a visitors' center. Such elements will stand for a perfect combination of species, training place and beauty. This place will be a space to protect and safeguard nature.
This competition aims to rediscover the main identity of architecture, namely being a "tamed" nature where human beings can be moved by bright sunsets, be amazed by flying pink flamingos or tremble at the freezing touch of west breezes.

Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA)
Sou Fujimoto
Simon Frommenwiler (HHF)
Patrick Lüth (Snøhetta)
Raulino Silva
Mariana de Delás
Nicola Scaranaro (Foster+Partners)
Giulio Rigoni (BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group)
Marco Cattaneo (National Geographic)
Fulco Pratesi (WWF Italia)
Gilda Ruberti (Regione Toscana)
Renato Grimaldi (Ministero dell'Ambiente)
Carlo Alessandro Puri Negri (BLUE SGR)

1st PRIZE 8.000 €
2nd PRIZE 4.000 €
3rd PRIZE 2.000 €
2 GOLD MENTIONS 500 € each

Entry Fee
Early Bird Registration (until 11 Apr 2021): 65 €/ team
Standard Registration (until 9 May 2021): 85 €/ team
Late Registration (until 6 June 2021): 115 €/ team

Results Announcement: 19 July 2021


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