DoCoMoMo Ireland presents ‘Rank’s Silo in the 21st Century’ an open design competition to develop ideas for what this building might become. The architectural ideas competition seeks to generate discussion among designers and decision-makers about the future of the Rank’s Silo Building. The competition is open to all and offers a prize fund of €6,000. The competition will be launched in February 2014 and registration will be via http://docomomo.ie/?p=624. The closing date for the submission of entries will be 25th April 2014. The assessors will be drawn from strategic planning, architecture, culture, architectural history and current affairs backgrounds.
What is the competition brief?
DoCoMoMo offers an open brief to competitors to envisage The Rank’s Silo as a hub in the context of its potential importance to Limerick City. In many ways, the Silo implies certain use but that use may not be the primary aspect of its preservation – there are other issues to be considered such as environmental, social and economic. Does the preservation of a building depend on an architectural proposal alone, or can the response be structured so as to bring the project closer to use in perpetuity?
The emphasis of the competition will therefore be on reflecting the rhythms and the life cycles of The Rank’s Silo in Limerick so that it can adapt to change without losing its identity, can slow down and speed up, and can adjust to cycles and transformations in the context of an uncertain future. It is therefore about anticipating the inevitable impact of change, allowing a plurality of uses, but also making creative use of what already exists.
The competition responses should articulate site characteristics with an analytical framework in which an urban and architectural project is conceived around lines of force that can incorporate the notion of time and evolution:
so that the space adapts to changes of use, to move towards a greater urbanity;
so that the space can accommodate several successive uses, to move towards greater intensity and more social use of the existing built heritage;
so that the site can evolve over time with a sustainable strategy, but with the capacity to adjust to programmatic unpredictability.
Who can enter?
The competition is open to all individuals and groups with an interest in presenting creative ideas for the future use of this landmark building. This is a conceptual architectural competition. First prize in the general category will be awarded €3,000. Second Prize will be €1,500 and third prize will be €500. First prize in the student category will be awarded €1,000. Commendations will be at the discretion of the assessors.
Competition entry form ( to be included in you entry)
A. Drawings of Site & Silo:
City Context Plan
Site Context Plan
Plan, Section and Elevations of Rank’s Silo
B. Franz Haselbeck Photographs and Other Assorted Site Photos
C. Current Site Photography
How Can One Enter?
The competition regulations and information packs will be available at www.docomomo.ie. Registration fee per entry €20 (€10 for students), not per participant (i.e. Group entries are the same as individual entries). Each submission will be presented on 1 x A1 mounted board (landscape format) and in soft copy. The presentation made will need to adequately explain the proposal in scaled drawings, images and text. No 3D elements can be accepted (models, applied elements to boards, etc.) A reference code will be issued to competitors on registration via email.
Address for Registration:
By Paypal on Docomomo Website www.docomomo.ie
All entries to be submitted to:
DoCoMoMo Competition Co-ordinator,
51A O’Connell Street,
Deadline for deliveries is 12.00 noon on Friday 25th April.
For postal/courier delivery we accept postal date of 25th April but evidence must be provided , we allow up to one week after postal date for receipt of postal entries.
Late entries will not be considered.
Entries which do not have their Competition Registration No. attached to the rear of the A1 board will be disqualified.
Registration Date: To Open Friday 28th February 2014
Deadline Date for Questions: Friday 28th March 2014
Answers to Questions Issued Date: Friday 4th April 2014
Registration Closing Date: Friday 4th April 2014
Submission Date: Friday 25th April 2014
Competition Judging: May 2014
Exhibition of Competition Entries: June 2014
Merritt Bucholz, Professor, SAUL
Siobhan Ni Eanaigh, McGarry Ni Eanaigh Architects
Irenee Scalbert, AA London & SAUL
Dr. John Logan, Historian
Carole Pollard, Chair DoCoMoMo Ireland
Kazys Varnelis, Columbia University NY
Kieran Lehane, Limerick City Council
DoCoMoMo Ireland & Limerick City of Culture 2014
Peter Carroll: Event Co-Ordinator
Emma Gilleece: Event Co-Ordinator
Carole Pollard: Chair/Event Administration
Paul Tierney: Secretary/Event Publicity
Shane O’Toole: Event Internationalisation
Dr. Ursula O’Callaghan: Event Collaborator
For more information about this competition please see DoCoMoMo Ireland’s website.