Open Call: International Architectural Design Competition for the Thessaloniki ConfEx Park

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On September 29th 2020 TIF-­‐HELEXPO SA launched an international open call for the pre-qualification to participate in the “International Architectural Design Competition for the Thessaloniki ConfEx Park”. The invitation aims to attract architects with the highest degree of competence, creativity, innovation and commitment.

TIF-­‐HELEXPO S.A. is the leading company in the exhibitions and conference industry in South Eastern Europe. TIF-­‐ΗELEXPO is based in Thessaloniki, where it owns and manages the largest Exhibition & Congress Centre in the country.TIF-HELEXPO S.A. shall proceed to a major redevelopment of its Fairgrounds, located in the center of Thessaloniki, with the construction of the Thessaloniki ConfEx Park, which willl include a state-of-the-art convention centre and a new urban park. The Master Plan of the TIF-HELEXPO area has recently been approved by the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

The architectural competition aims at the construction of an Exhibition & Conference Center with strong identity, which will fulfill the highest standards that shall optimize the arrangement of its facilities and activities, respect environmental parameters and contribute to sustainable development. One of the main project goals is to stimulate the redevelopment of a prominent part of the city center, a redevelopment that shall have a major impact on the economy of the city and the broader area of Northern Greece, contributing, thus, to the transformation of Thessaloniki into one of the top, forward-looking cities of Europe and a leading, international business hub and tourist destination.

The project shall be a landmark for the whole city and a milestone for the business history of the broader region. TIF-HELEXPO S.A is expecting innovative, high-quality, sustainable, unique architectural proposals for a visionary project that aspires to become an exceptional example of future cityscape developments establishing close spatial connections between business areas and buildings as well as green open spaces.

The design competition is launched as an international, one-­‐stage architectural design project Competition conducted in restricted procedure and it will be conducted according to UNESCO‐UIA international competitions and town planning regulations and the UIA Best practice Recommendations. UIA endorsement is pending.

More specifically, the procedure will be organized in the following phases:

The Prequalification phase will be a selection process and a preliminary step of the one-stage competition that aims at shortlisting the applicants, who appear to be most capable of providing successful solutions for this complex project. Among the applications received, the International Jury will select fifteen (15) applicants to participate in the Design Competition.In the Design Competition the fifteen (15) competitors will be invited to submit design proposals anonymously. The design proposals will be presented to the international jury responsible for evaluating and ranking them and determining the prizes and eventual honorary mentions.

Download the information related to this competition here.