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GRAND DESIGNS Capital City Regeneration

Tuesday April 10, 2018

GRAND DESIGNS Capital City Regeneration

158 projects from 63 different countries have been entered in the architectural competition to regenerate the El Almacen plaza in the heart of Arrecife.

The competition to dynamise the city centre square adjacent to the El Almacen cultural centre in the island’s capital carries a prize of 6,000 euros along with a project budget of 350,000 euros. And has attracted the highest entry level ever recorded via the architectural online competition platform rethinking.

A total of 263 teams registered interest, which was then whittled down to 158 actual entries from countries as diverse as the United States, Japan and Turkey – along with a substantial number of domestic entries from Spain.

The competition, entitled Lanzarote Dynamic Square, is designed to transform the currently empty 1,000 metre square space in the heart of the city into an urban point of culture and social encounter, so complementing the function of the El Almacen centre, which was originally established by Cesar Manrique. Providing a space for a wide variety of events from outdoor film screenings and concerts through to art exhibitions and markets.

According to Oscar Perez, Lanzarote’s Minister of Culture, "We are very happy and satisfied with such a high participation. Now we can only trust that the winning project chosen by the jury will be up to the expectations that the contest itself has generated. We are sure that it will fulfil our objectives of converting the El Almacén plaza into a new green lung and a space for cultural revitalization of the capital of the island."

The final competition winners are expected to be announced next month and the project itself will be delivered within six months of contract completion with local authorities. Which means that the island should be unveiling an exciting new cultural attraction within the next twelve months.

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