The Inspireli Awards are back! In its ninth edition, students from all over the world are called upon to design the transformation of the premises of Schindler’s Ark with a two-part competition: the design of an Urban Design Concept for a Sustainable living area and a Museum of Survivors at the Löw-Beer Family’s historic textile factory site. The goal is to preserve the legacy of Schindler’s Ark, as well as to create a modern museum dedicated to the holocaust survivors. At the same time, the south side of the premises will be reconstructed as sustainable community housing to meet the needs of the region. (Cover image, Student dormitory in Warsaw by Jiří Krátký, Tomáš Gaál)
The Schindler’s Ark was a concentration camp in Czech Republic where 1,200 Jews from Schindler’s List were saved during the WW2. In the post-war history it was the 2nd largest factory in Europe specializing in textile production. In 1938, the factory was stolen by the Nazis from the Löw-Beer family. In 2018, The Löw-Beer family established the Arks Foundation, continuously working on the reconstruction of the historic and family heritage.
The competition is free to enter! Inspireli unites students and architects from 150 countries and receives over 1000 projects every year. Thanks to its unique voting system with the largest jury in the history of architecture (over 930 architects and designers from over 120 countries), INSPIRELI ensures a fair winner’s selection.
Schindler’s Arks Competition offers many prizes. The 2 young architects who won the competition will work with the team to help design the site, receive a stipend and travel to the Czech Republic to take a personal tour of the site and local architecture, including Villa Tugendhat. They will receive the first fabrics designed on the site and the book The Arks: the Low-Beer story behind Schindler’s List and the Tugendhat Villa. Their name will be permanently placed in the museum and the ten best design submissions will be part of the online design team to advise on the site.
Projects will automatically participate in the INSPIRELI AWARDS which realize “the architectural dreams of the winners” (1st prize) and also support all participants by providing feedback from jurors and companies. Competition registrations open on September 25, 2023 and closes on July 14, 2024 at 11:59 pm local time. Register at www.inspireli.com/ark!