Prix W 2014

The Wilmotte Foundation aims to encourage the exploration of architectural heritage and its relation to the architectural creation. As part of the competition this year, it is planned to design a cultural and event centre at the tower of London

The competition is open to students and young architects of architecture schools from the European Union and Switzerland, who graduated after december 31st, 2010. They will have to justify their current or past inscription in a school.

1st Prize: 7000 Euros
2nd Prize: 5000 Euros
3rd Prize: 2000 Euros


- Opening of competition registration: January 27th 2014
- Closure of competition registration: April 10th 2014
- Project entry closure: April 24th 2014
- Jury: end of April 2014
- Award ceremony: June 05th 2014


Exhibition of selected projects at the Venice Architectural Biennale 2014: From June 06th 2014 to August 30th 2014









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Contest Entry 2014
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QUESTION 24 - We wondered if the large event area of 2000 m ² needed to get sunlight, or if the space could
be underground. Actually, we want to know what activities will be performed inside?

—he event area of 2,000 m can be located underground; it will accommodate temporary exhibitions, musical events, a theatre and various artistic performances.


QUESTION 25 - Are we bound to any given format (vertical/horizontal) with the panels? Can we choose?
— horizontal Format.


QUESTION 26 -Do we have to follow exactly the given distribution in the panels? For instance, could we include
an axonometric view in the 1st panel or a section in the 4th?

— You have to follow exactly the given distribution.


QUESTION 27 - In the program, protected views are mentioned and it’s referred to images 1 and 2: what images are you talking about?
—The images mentioned on the report are located on page 21.


QUESTION 28 - It is allowed to destroy some buildings; however should we keep the program surfaces included into the former buildings?
— The program or the surfaces included into the destroyed buildings don’t have to be relocated into the proposal.

QUESTION 29 - Should we keep the dock as it is or can we change it.
— The dock is located in the «Water Relation» area. It is up to the participant(s) to keep it or not. (See drawing CAD)


QUESTION 30 - 2000 m2 Event space: can this be open space?
— No, the space needs to be enclosed, it can be complemented with outdoor space.
What sort of events should take place there ?
— It is not specifi ed but events could be temporary exhibitions, music events, theatre, presentations, etc.


QUESTION 31 - Can the program of event space be solved by just providing a hard, multifunctional surface area ?
— yes


QUESTION 32 - Can underground parking be proposed if it helps providing the functionallity of the building ?
— yes


QUESTION 34 - Is it possible to split the program. For example; designing 2 small Cafés with 175m2 or 2 Multi-
functional rooms with 250 m2 ?

— yes,it can be split


QUESTION 35 -Can the number of m2 (10000) be excided ?
— no, the brief needs to be met within the surface proposed.

Prix W 2014 - Winning projects

On 24th April, the jury presided by Mr Malcolm Reading, gathered at the Tower of London in order to select and award the projects for the Prix W 2014.
The brief of the competition is ambitious and challenging and responds specifically  to a real need and an actual  concern for the Tower of London: conceive a cultural and events centre.
This challenge represents a true urban “graft” approach , which has been put forward to students and young architects from schools of architecture in Europe.
A panels of 153 projects has been received out of which three projects have been awarded with a prize and eight projects have received mentions.

The Wilmotte Foundation will exhibit the laureate projects during the Biennale of Architecture in Venice from the 5th June 2014.

Composition of the jury - prix W 2014

- Malcom Reading, Chairman of Malcolm Reading Consultants, London.
- David Nelson, Head of design, Foster & Partners, London.
- Jay Merrick, Architecture Critic of The Independent, London, essayist for Architects Journal, and architectural consultant, London.
- Olivier Brochet, Architect – professor of architecture, Member of l’Académie d’Architecture, Bordeaux.
- Andrea Bruno, studio Andrea Bruno, architect, Turin.
- Serguei Tschoban, architect, partner of Speech company, Moscow.
- Heather Hilburn, Architect, Historic Palaces Programme Sponsor, Londres.
- Cyrille Veran journalist, Head of the service « Architecture & Urbanisme », Groupe le Moniteur, Paris.


First Price :
Konstantinos Papasimakis & Iason Stathatos, ENSA Paris La Villette, France.
Second Price:
Sarah Bellal & Charlotte Georges-Burger, ENSA Paris La Villette, France.
Third Price:
Guillaume Colin & Paul Jin, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris, France.

Honorable Mentions

- Anh tu Breda & Federica Ferracin, I.U.A.V. University of Venice, Italy.
- Erell Rannou & Laure Perotto, ENSA Bretagne, France.
- Romain Bonino, ENSA Marseille, France.
- Rosa Grasso, Universita di Bologna, Italy & Mélanie Guénnégou, ENSAP Lille, France.
- Hojae Cho & Seunghan Lee, ENSA Paris Belleville, France.
- Javier Ureña & Isabel Rivas, ETSA Madrid, Spain.
- Edouard Champalle, ENSA Paris Belleville, France.
- Fabien Sanz & Antoine Esnard, ENSA Paris-Val de Seine, France.