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[PACIFIC] New Ocean Platform Prison

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Registration Deadline :
Award :
1st PRIZE: US$ 3,500, 2nd PRIZE: US$ 1,700, 3rd PRIZE: US$ 800, 7 honorable mentions.
Jury Members :
Shao-Wei Huang,Luis Fonseca,Derek Kawiti
Type :
Open to all, International, Student Competition
Admission fee :
US$ 80, US$ 120

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.The imprisonment of people is probably one of the bigger taboos within our modern society. A Prison is a place in which people are physically confined and usually deprived of a range of personal freedoms.


The aim of this International Competition is to design a New Prison afloat the Pacific Ocean, using an oil Platform as a reference structure. The design of this new Platform will include all the facilities a prison may need including cells, exercise yard, etc.. with a design that still facilitates human rights within the deemed confinement.
This competition hopes to achieve the following:

  • To investgate new direction and functionality of incarceration including methods of confinement.
  • To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the ambiguous role of architecture in relation to the punishment of imprisonment.
  • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing a highly functional piece of architecture with an economic and safety advantages for all.
  • Encourage and reward design excellence on a large scale, which integrates function, structure, details, etc within an Ocean environment.
  • Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.


Architects, Architecture Graduated, Engineers and Students. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to enter the Competition.


  • Nov 06, 2012—Competition Officially Announced
  • Nov 08, to Dec 20, 2012—Start of Competition and Early Bird Registration
  • Dec 21, 2012 to Feb 18, 2013—Late Competition Registration
  • Jan 31, 2013—Deadline for Questions
  • Feb 22, 2013—Closing Date for Submissions
  • Feb 27 to Mar 06, 2013—Jury Evaluation
  • Mar 08, 2013—Announcement of Winners

Registration fee

  • US$ 80 from Nov 08 to Dec 20, 2012—Early Bird Registration
  • US$ 120 from Dec 21, 2012 to Feb 18, 2013—Late Registration


  • 1st PRIZE: US$ 3,500
  • 2nd PRIZE: US$ 1,700
  • 3rd PRIZE: US$ 800
  • 7 honorable mentions


  • Shao-Wei Huang – Architect (Chinese)
  • Luis Fonseca – Architect (Portuguese)
  • Derek Kawiti – Architect / Lecturer (New Zealand)

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