The competition challenged participants to design an urban catalyst for Adelaide with the option of designing either a temporary pavilion or fixed landmark within the recently-redeveloped Victoria Square, a well-used public park. The Adelaide Creative Community Hub has the potential to become a space that stimulates innovation and contributes to the vibrancy which makes Adelaide one of the world’s most livable cities. In order to have a broad array of concepts for addressing this design brief, Bee Breeders chose to conduct an competition with no restrictions on eligibility. The competition jury was composed of experienced professionals in the fields of architecture and urban planning.
The quality of the submissions was high. While the design brief was written intentionally open to interpretation, the winners were chosen for their ability to develop and express a clear concept. The judges found that the submissions generally fell into three categories: those which provided open platforms to be filled in by various program types; those comprising equal part landscape, equal part building, thereby offering open spaces that connected with the surrounding city; and temporary pavilions. The jury reviewed each entry in detail, and analysed the designs for their potential to function as places where innovation might be sparked, rather than simply exhibited; where people might come together to generate ideas, rather than simply enjoy an afternoon in a park. The jury feels each of the selected winners promises to offer Adelaide a new form of creative hub.
Bee Breeders would like to thank all the entrants who took part.