Lagos: City of Water
The Arc. Eddy Eguavoen Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to build sustainable housing for communities in need across Nigeria. The foundation was officially announced on January 11th 2020, one year after the passing of Arc. Eddy Eguavoen, an accomplished Nigerian Architect.
When it comes to architecture competitions that have African contexts, we believe there are not enough competitions that engage the architectural potential and urban fabric of African cities. We as a foundation wanted to create an architecture competition that brings attention to our home city, Lagos, while also bringing attention to the issues low-income communities face. The purpose of this competition is to engage the creativity of young architects with Lagos (Nigeria) being the context.
For the design competition, you are asked to use your creativity to design a building, structure or masterplan that helps envision a future for Lagos on water. Your project should make significant use of water space, whether floating, submerged and/or built over water. You can focus on one architectural topic such as affordable housing, sustainable cities or others to act as a starting point for your project. We encourage projects of different scales as we want a large variety of ideas and concepts realized.
Whether your submission is a single building that can be expanded using a modular method or your submission is a self-sustaining community, your project has the opportunity to win. The scale of your project is not a factor that contributes to winning the competition. Instead, the level of detail, development and innovation of your submission will contribute to your project winning. Your project can remain at the concept level, but still present a detailed and developed solution to a problem. The competition is also relatively open in terms of its context. Your project can be based in any part of Lagos, Nigeria whether Mainland Lagos, Lagos Island, Snake Island or Lekki.
We encourage participants to keep the low-income communities of Lagos in mind when starting your project. Their demographic tends to be overlooked when decisions are made on the government level. This is an opportunity to show the leaders of Nigeria the possibilities for these communities.
The competition is open to students, recent graduates and young architects around the world.For more information visit the competition web page.
The prize pool is €2000/₦700,000. There will be two 1st place winners, one International contestant and one Nigerian contestant. Nigerian contestants are defined as those that are currently enrolled in a Nigeria University or graduated from one.
1st Prize (International Contestant) - €7001st Prize (Nigerian Contestant) - €7002nd Prize - €4003rd Prize - €200Founder’s Choice Award10 Honorable Mentions 20 Finalists
June 5th – Official Announcement of Competition June 10th – Early Registration Begins - €5/₦1,750June 24th – Normal Registration Period Begins - €12/₦4,200July 20th – Submissions Open, Late Registration Period Begins - €20/₦7,000August 10th – Registration ClosesAugust 25th – Submission ClosesSeptember 5th – Winners Announced, Virtual Exhibition BeginsSeptember 20th – Virtual Exhibition Ends
Virtual ExhibitionWe originally wanted there to be a small exhibition in Lagos to showcase the winners' works. Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we figured switching to a virtual exhibition was one of the only way to still exhibit the winners' works in a special way. Virtual exhibitions give the opportunity for architects to design virtual spaces, similar to the designers of virtual reality games and environments. We will be sending updates on the exhibition to registered contestants.
For more information, please visit the competition's web page.