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Berliner Hochschule für Technik: Art-in-Architecture Competition for Visual Artists and Artist Groups (Germany)

Rendering of a 3-story building from the outside with illustration of people walking and trees.
New building WAL, Competition design, exterior perspective © Thomas Müller Ivan Reimann Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, perspective: bloomimages

For the new laboratory building WAL (Wedding Advanced Laboratories) of the Berliner Hochschule für Technik, the State of Berlin, represented by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion, is announcing an open two-phase art-in-architecture competition for professional visual artists and artist groups.

With around 13,000 students, the Berliner Hochschule für Technik is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany. As a result of the increased number of students, the central campus of the BHT in Berlin-Wedding is now being upgraded and densified.

The aim of the art competition is to develop an independent artistic contribution for the new BHT laboratory building that is specifically designed for this task and location on the basis of individual artistic creation. This should create an identity-forming reference to the BHT campus and its spatial, architectural and social situation and convince through artistic quality and expressiveness.

In the first phase, participants are asked to develop basic artistic solutions in the form of an idea sketch with conceptual considerations for the new construction of the WAL laboratory building. The jury will select up to 12 concepts for the second phase, in which a detailed elaboration of the idea is expected.

Only natural persons who are professionally working as visual artists and artist groups are eligible to participate in the competition. Legal entities are not eligible to participate. The competition language is German.

A budget of up to 300,000 EUR (including VAT) is available for the realisation of the artwork including all costs for artist’s fees, material and production costs as well as incidental costs.

Participants in the first phase of the competition will not receive a competition fee. Each participant (maximum of 12 artists or artist groups) in the second phase of the competition will receive the competition fee of 4,000 EUR (including VAT). A total of four prizes will be awarded: 1st prize 7,000 EUR (incl. VAT), 2nd prize 5,000 EUR (incl. VAT), 3rd prize 2,500 EUR (incl. VAT) and a Recognition prize 1,500 EUR (incl. VAT).


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