Dancing: Alternative Designs for Clubs

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We can consider “Architecture” everything that has already been designed and/or built. That would define a realm of conventional solutions, often repeated in a self-referential system. We imagined a counterpart, a “Non Architecture”. A world of unexplored designs and countless possibilities, that if found, could enlarge and change permanently the boundaries of Architecture. A universe of chances and opportunities never challenged by architects before. A limitless field of investigation that includes everything that is not Architecture, yet.

Non Architecture Competitions aims to find unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. It consists in a series of nine competitions. All competitions have their focus on finding innovative approaches to specific issues of functionality in architecture, seeking non-traditional approaches in architect’s work.

Dancing – alternative designs for clubs, is the sixth Non Architecture Competition.


The aim of the “dancing” competition is to develop a design proposals for the night club typology, intended as a place to experience entartainment in relation to music: listen, perform, dance.

The participants is asked to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of a club.

Recently a series of new initiatives have emerged in relation to music entartainment and dance. While festivals and morning discos have extended the duration of musical events over the limited span of one night, silent discos and flash mobs exceeded the boundaries of the club, reinventing the way and the place where music events were occurring. In the mean time, music and dance have been used also for therapies and training, as means of self improvement and realization.Technological advances and streaming services made music much more accessible, increasing consumption and drastically facilitating production and distribution.

Within this context, with critical thinking and 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 topics of investigation to approach the competition theme can already be deduced from the definition of the word “nightclub”:


club noun [C]

An entertainment venue that is open from the evening until early morning, having facilities such as a bar and disco or other entertainment.

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

– Can we question the way entertainment is provided? Can music be performed differently from conventional methods? While modern nightclubs rely on a Dj, and eventually additional entertainers, can we imagine participatory events, where live performances become the only entertainment? Can everyone in a club be both entertaining and entertained? Or can we instead develop the experience of the night club as an automated process, where music and entertainment are provided and selected by technology. Can the club then become an intimate experience, rather than a collective gathering?

– Does a club have to conventionally operate from evening to early morning? Can we imagine functions that extend its activity to larger or different time spans? Can clubs enlarge their scope and become more present in everyone’s daily life? Or could we instead reduce their function to a very limited amount of time, much shorter and differently organized?

– Can a club be something different than a traditional venue or 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, a pavilion, or a music production device?

– Can facilities like bars be eliminated? Can entertainment in nightclubs loose its relation to alcohol and other psychoactive substances? What kind of design could enhance that? Or should a status of psychological alteration become central in the experience of music and dance?

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.

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In architecture, designing a museum is the peak of many architects’ work. Temple for the arts, the museum becomes an artwork in itself. As such, it mirrors and shelters one of the oldest human religions: artistic contemplation.

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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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