competition hosted by ARCHmedium

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“Games are the highest form of research”
Albert Einstain

̈Nederland ̈ is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, member of the European Union. Just as its name indicates, the territory is formed by low (neder) land (land) among which one quarter part is situated below the sea level. Its most influential historical region is the province of Holland.

The current territory of Holland has never maintained stable. For many years, the geography of the region has been dynamic. Some examples are the Frisias islands that were originally connected to the mainland, and the main rivers, Rin and Mosa, changed their course in various occasions in an impressive way.

The people in Holland found themselves living in an unstable and floodable area. In the 10th century, the habitants of the region were dedicated to cultivating the land by draining it. Nevertheless, the draining provoked the ground to shrink in about fifteen meters. Later they started to build the first emergency levees to reinforce some critical points in the coast line. Subsequently, the autonomous authority ̈waterschappen ̈ was created, which had the power to enforce its laws and decide on water management.

In the XVI century, the Dutch started to gain land from the sea transforming them into lakes and polders. This continued until de 20th century, for this reason the ancient maps of Holland do not look like the current ones. The struggle to dominate water plays an important role in the development of Holland as a maritime and economic power and the personality development of the Dutch. Thanks to these mechanisms of generating common ground, in the Netherlands there is a sense of belonging and a concern for the public and collective space for the enjoyment of all citizens.

Something similar occurred a few years later, after World War II, facing the desolating outlook of the destroyed buildings. In the 40s any citizen that identified an empty site in Amsterdam could communicate it to the authorities and solicit that a playground be built. The architect, Aldo Van Eyck, was in charge of transforming these destroyed sites into playgrounds for children. Between 1948 and 1978 he installed around 700 parks in the city and its surroundings.

These set of interventions are based on the urban regeneration and the recovery of destroyed sites, due to World War II, to be used as temporary playgrounds for children. Van Eyck did not only intervene and transformed the sites but he also designed and projected each element. He determined where the trees would go; he designed the benches, pavement and established each play element to the detail. Van Eyck advocated the need to question the radical functionalism and attacked the rationalists’ interventions. The creation of small scale playgrounds was a human alternative to the international style that dictated the International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM).

Van Eyck is part of a tradition of Dutch architects that enriched the city through buildings and planning. Some of them not only improved the Dutch urban landscape but were recognized internationally for their contributions to architecture and urbanism, some of them are Gerrit Rietveld, Hermn Hertzberger, Jaap Bakema, John Habraken, Rem Koolhaas, MVRDV, Neutelings Riedijk and Wiel Arets, among others.


Amsterdam today is a consolidated European city and it is designed entirely because of its wide architectural tradition. In the urban area, buildings clog alignments, the parks are all designed and there are practically no abandoned sites like in the Van Eyck era. However, the population continues to increase along with the need for collective spaces.

Schoolyards are the first public spaces that humans know and educational spaces are essential for the education and civic development of the population.

Schools are fundamental pieces in the formation of a city and its people.

In this context, ARCHmedium proposes the creation of a new children ́s day care in the city of Amsterdam, whose starting point is, once again, children playgrounds in relation with public spaces. The proposal combines educational classrooms with patios that set different privacy gradients. The more public ones would be plazas, the semi-private patios would depend on its schedule and the private yards would be for exclusive use of the day care. We propose the creation of open spaceswhere the physical formation is just as important as the intellectual, and where the children can grow enjoying the maximum sun light and in close relation with the water.

In addition to the day care program, the intervention must maintain and maximize the current cultural activities organized by the Stichting Het Stenen Hoof association. In week days the children would occupy the space and at night and weekends the space would be transformed for cultural activities organized by the association. The pier will transform into a cultural and educational epicenter for all ages.

The competition takes the initial strategy of Aldo Van Eyck of transforming empty sites into playgrounds, and inverts it generating a positive, in the consolidated city of Amsterdam. How should new public spaces be in a city? How does architecture create new scenarios to grow?


The jury will be formed by the following members:

Co Govers – Local Architect

Flores & Prats

Ramón Faura

David Tapias

Iñigo Ruiz– Young architect



June 15th 2016 Special Entry period starts

August 15th 2016 Special Entry period ends

August 16th 2016 Early Entry period starts

Sept. 15th 2016 Early Entry period ends

Sept. 16th 2016 Regular Entry period starts

Oct. 16th 2016 Regular Entry period ends

Oct. 30th 2016 Submission deadline

Nov. 10th 2016 Jury meeting

Nov. 27th 2016 Winners announcement


The entry periods will be divided as follows:

Special June 15th – Aug 15th 60.50€*

Early Aug 16th – Sept 15th 90.75€*

Regular Sept 16th – Oct 16th 121€*

*Registration prices include VAT (value added tax).

The registration fee is per team, regardless of how many members are on the team.

If a team wants to submit more than one proposal to the competition they will have to register each proposal separately and pay an additional fee for each proposal they wish to submit.

For a project to be accepted the team must be properly registered to the competition.

All registrations will be done through the ARCHmedium website (, where you will be asked to choose between several payment options.

After completing the registration form each team will be assigned with a registration code. It’s important to keep this registration code in a safe place since it will allow your team to access the intranet were you’ll have access to your registration status, payment tools, and the upload form to submit your project as we will explain in further sections of this document.