Eating – Alternative Designs for Restaurants


The aim of the “Eating” competition is to develop a design proposal for the restaurant typology, intended as a place of preparation and consumption of food. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of restaurant.

While numerous top chefs have been reinventing the way food is prepared, fast food companies have revolutionized the way food is consumed and sold. In addition, food trucks and delivery services have been gaining more popularity every day, establishing a new intermediary step between the restaurant and the client.

With similar creative attitude, the participants are urged to create an artefact, merging considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. The proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or a urban plan. Scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their project.

Some basic useful topics of investigation to approach the competition theme can already be deduced from the definition of “restaurant”:

restaurant noun [C] 

An establishment where meals are served to customers.

As follows, very essential aspects of the conventional museum can be questioned.

– Can a restaurant be something different than a traditional Establishmet? Can it be based on an untraditional business model? And, can it be located in something else than a building? Can it be a network in the city rather than one single construction? Or can it be reduced to a smaller space, like a single room or just one object?

– What do we consider a meal? And, what kind of meals selection should be operated? Should a restaurant base their dishes on clients desires? What kind of design would be required for a restaurant with an almost infinite choice of dishes? And what if a restaurant would sell only one kind of meal? how could design innovatively respond to such an approach? Or, what if the meal selection would be operated by the restaurant for the client, and not vice-versa? Could a restaurant know in advance what’s better for its customers?

– Do meals necessarily have to be served in a restaurant? Can service be avoided and/or automatized? Or can there be an intermediate step between take away and traditional restaurants, where consumption ? In addition, could customers participate in the preparation of their food? Or could they instead be provided with an even better service, where consumption becomes the only phase in which they are involved, cutting waiting time and travelling?

– How can a restaurant become a place where food preparation is reinvented? How can food be prepared in a new way? And what kind of food, should be prepared and served? Can we reconsider what we normally serve as food, in order to improve the performance of a restaurant? What kind of food preparation process should be adopted to reduce waste, and how can waste be reused as a resource within the restaurant?

– These are the questions to suggest to the partecipants as possible fields of investigation. Each project can tackle one or more of the issues suggested, as well as raising new ones in relation to the competition topic. Just try to be as creative and unconventional as possible.



Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. Teams can be formed by a maximum number of 5 people. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it. Personal information of all the team memebers can be uploaded during the submission procedure.


Non Architecture Competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. There will be in fact three winners. In addition 9 honourable mentions will be awarded. Each one of the 3 jury members will select one winner and four honourable mentions.

The prizes are the following:

WINNERS (3 Prizes): 1.000 euros, publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website, and reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.

– HONOURABLE MENTIONS (9 Prizes): Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website, and reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.

– FINALISTS: Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books.

*Publications are subject to the agenda and availability of the magazines.

*Depending on which country you live and pay taxes in, the cash prizes might be subject to some withholding.


No scale or location.

In asking for an unconventional approach, we are also providing one. The rules of the competition and its organization will not limit, but rather allow for the freedom to approach each topic as the participant sees fit.


Therefore there are no given site, scale of intervention or exact program dimensioning. Projects can be developed in abstract locations as well as specific places, and they can go from the scale of interior design to urban strategies. Just remember that every proposal should be focused on a very specific condition, showing one simple concept, clearly communicated and fully developed on Architecture is also unconventional in its submission requirements, not asking for posters or booklets. The participants are in fact asked to submit one ZIP folder, named with the code and the title of the project (CODE_Title), containing:

– A presentation image (JPEG), showing the qualities of your design, in one catchy and representative impression. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Presentation” (check some examples here).

– A technical image (JPEG), showing in a 2d drawing a specific technical/organizational aspect of the project. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Technical” (check some examples here).

– A functional image (JPEG), showing a specific functional peculiar aspect of the project. This file must be named as follows: “CODE_Title of the project Functional” (check some examples here).

– A Word Document with a subtitle for the project (max 10 words) and a short description (max 200 words). The text must be written in English. This file must be named as follows: “CODE_Title of the project_Text”.

– A Word Document with the following information: Name Surname of the team members (every person should be separeted by a comma), Nationality (multiple options can be added), institutions (Company or university attended, to be included just in case you want it to be visible once your project is published). The text must be written in English. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Team”.

EVERY SUBMISSION HAS TO BE ANONYMOUS, so do not include your name, your submission code, or any other reference to you in the texts or in the images. After being evaluated, the projects will be reconnected to their authors through the identification code. Additional details on the team members and on the projects will be required during the submission procedure.

All the images must be A4 ,300 dpi, Portrait (Vertical). The size it is meant to be a frame for your work, so there is no need to completely fill the layout with images. Try to convey in each file one specific idea in one simple image. Avoid to overcrowd it with too much material. IMAGES ARE NOT MEANT TO BE POSTERS. Each one means one single content, SO FOR EVERY IMAGE YOU CAN INCLUDE JUST ONE SINGLE VISUALIZATION (ex. one drawing or one rendering). Check our Pinterest reference boards for some examples.

The images do not demand for any kind of specific technique of representation, as long as they respect the guidelines given. They can be technical drawings, diagrams, collages, pictures, renders, models, paintings or hand drawings.

We highly recommend to include texts just when it is extremely necessary, and leave the Word document for further explainations. The projects should be explanatory enough through the graphic material. Eventual drawings titles and notes must be written in English ONLY. Any text written in a different language will not be taken into account and may lead to a team’s disqualification. In the same way every submission which doesn’t respect the guidelines given might be disqualified.



1-15 October Special registration period

16 Oct. – 15 Nov. Early registration period

16 Nov. – 15 Dec. Regular registration period

16-27 December Late registration period

15 December Submission section open on your personal account page

31 December Submission Deadline (23:59 GMT 0)

19-24 January Winners announcement

19 January Call for Materials for book starts

19 January Call for Materials for book ends

1 May The “Eating – Alternative designs for restaurants” book available

The timing always refers to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT 0).



The entry periods will be divided as follows:

1-15 October Special registration period 30 €*

16 Oct. – 15 Nov. Early registration period 45 €*

16 Nov. – 15 Dec. Regular registration period 60 €*

16-27 December Late registration period 75 €*

The timing always refers to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT 0).

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Kaira Looro International Architecture Competition



Hundred-years old cultures give birth to Communities, being transmitted through rhymes of those who are narrating it and interpreting the past through wisdom. One’s accomplishments result from rituals and metamorphosis, bonding the human being to its own roots through dance, history, music, colours, flavours, materials and landscapes. Space and Matter relate themselves with the power of rituals, drawing together the lines of an architecture charged of passing and preserving History.



The planning of a Cultural Center for the city of Sedhiou aims to renovate the identity of the area, trying to reach the goal of creating a location where local cultures may have the chance to be told, passed on and preserved. This challenge sees the planning of an architectural structure as witness of the peaceful relation occurring among local ethnic groups and promoting, at the same time, preservation of local habits. The competitor will show his theme through a surprising and integrated design at once, developing a structure destined to be an Icon for the entire country, without weighing on the surrounding environment.



The internationally jury is composed by

Kengo Kuma, T. Hirano (Università di Tokyo), A. Ghirardelli (SBGA), A. Muzzonigro (Stefano Boeri Architetti), R. Bouman (Mohn+Bouman Architects), C. Magni (ASF), Angelo Ferrara, Pilar Diez Rodriguez, R. Kasik (X Architekten), S. D’Urso (Università di Catania), G. Mazzaglia (Kaan Architects), I.Lutri (In/Arch), R. Vecchio (Balouo Salo).



Early registration – from 15 January to 13 February 2018

Normal registration from 14 February to 10 March 2018

Late registration – 11 March to 4 April, 2018

Competitions deadline – April 25 , 2018

Winners announced – 20 May 2018



1st Place: € 2,500 + Internship at Kengo Kuma Associates at Tokyo Office+ Publication + Exposure

2nd Place: € 1,000 + Publication + Exposure

3rd Place: € 500 + Publication + Exposure

2 honourable mentions: € 150 + Publication + Exposure

5 mentions: Publication + Exposure

10 finalists: Publication + Exposure

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites, will be hosted in international exhibitions.

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