EU TUMO Convergence Center Competition

EU TUMO Convergence Center Design Competition, Armenian Architecture Contest, Building Project

EU TUMO Convergence Center Competition

Architecture Contest in Armenia – shortlist of MVRDV, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group & RCR Arquitectes

21 July 2019

EU TUMO Convergence Center for Engineering and Applied Science

Architects Shortlist: RCR Arquitectes, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and MVRDV

Location: Hrazdan River Gorge, Armenia

Three Giants of Architecture Selected to Compete for Yerevan Project

EU TUMO Convergence Center for Engineering and Applied Science in Armenia

The architectural design competition of the EU TUMO Convergence Center for Engineering and Applied Science entered its second stage with a shortlist of three of the world’s leading architecture firms as finalists.

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, RCR Arquitectes and MVRDV were selected by a jury led by Hashim Sarkis, dean of the MIT Department of Architecture and Urban Planning and curator of the 2020 Architecture Biennale.

The three finalists will work in Yerevan with the jury and the Convergence Center team during a two-day workshop leading to the selection of the winning firm.

Isenberg School of Management Building, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group:
Isenberg School of Management Business Innovation Hub in Massachusetts
photo © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Daring and innovative, BIG’s architecture works at “the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia.” With offices in Copenhagen, New York and London, the Bjarke Ingels Group has a global footprint, with unique projects across the world. The firm’s Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen is a waste-to-energy plant with a stack that blows vapor smoke rings into the air and features a ski slope on its roof.

Pritzker Architecture Prize 2017 Winners – RCR Arquitectes:
Pritzker Architecture Prize 2017 Winner
image courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize

RCR Arquitectes is a recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field’s highest honor. It is led by a team of three architects who have worked together for decades from the small town of Olot, Catalonia. Exemplified by their Soulages Museum in Rodez, France, RCR’s work “creates lasting and meaningful spaces,” deploying modern materials and strong geometries that resonate with their natural settings.

Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV:
Tianjin Binhai Library
photograph : Ossip van Duivenbode

MVRDV is a Dutch architecture and urban design practice known for its highly collaborative, research-based design method. The firm’s reputation was propelled by its famous design for the Rotterdam Market Hall, covered by an apartment building in the form of a giant vault. More recently, MVRDV unveiled the Tianjin Binhai Library boasting undulating bookshelves around an illuminated central sphere.

Also participating in the first stage of the EU TUMO Convergence Center Architecture Competition were some of the world’s major architecture firms including Japanese luminaries Arata Isozaki, Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma, leading international practices such as Dominique Perrault, mossessian & partners and AECOM, and rising stars FABRICations, Nicolas Laisne and Barozzi Veiga.

An initiative of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, in partnership with the European Union and the French University in Armenia, the Convergence Center is the region’s most ambitious new education ecosystem for engineering and applied science. The porposed new building in Armenia is located in the Hrazdan River Gorge. With a budget of over 25 million euros, the project will create an open platform and vibrant community bringing together learning and entrepreneurship and connecting students, young professionals and local ventures to their global peers.

EU TUMO Convergence Center Architecture Contest images / information received 210719

BIG Architects / BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

MVRDV / MVRDV Architects

Pritzker Architecture Prize 2017 Winners – RCR Arquitectes

Location: Hrazdan River Gorge, Armenia




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Ayb Middle School in Yerevan Armenia
photograph : Sona Manukyan & Ani Avagyan

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The Guest - House Smart Campus in Lori Armenia
image from architecture office

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COAF Smart Center
image from architects

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Architects: OFIS
Mercedes Benz Tower Yerevan building
image from architecture firm

Mercedes Benz Tower Building

Russian Architecture

Ukraine Architecture

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