Video: ‘The Competition’ Trailer

Madrid-based architect of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS) has directed and produced the first documentary focused on the tense process that often characterizes an architectural competition. Appropriately titled The Competition, the film captures a fascinating account on how five world renowned architects – Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster – “toil, struggle and strategize to beat the competition.” The premise is based on a nearly forgotten, 2008 competition for a new National Museum of Art of Andorra, a small Pyrenees country nestled between Spain and France, which has yet to be realized.

The Competition is expected to debut in late 2013. Updates will be available on OSS’s website and facebook.

Video Credits:
Production by: Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS)
Director and Producer: Angel Borrego Cubero
Technical Director and Editor: Simon Lund
Assistants to Edition: Gaël Urzáiz, Cristina Hortigüela
Funding and Collaborations: Fundación Arte y Derecho, Govern d’Andorra, Lord Culture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault Architecture, , Gehry Partners

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Video: ‘The Competition’ Trailer" 26 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Joe

    “no you fool I don’t prefer “large holes” I prefer my employee to stop mimicking a style and to start thinking for themselves…pull your head out.” a Jean Nouvel translation.

    can’t wait for the movie

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  • Simona Rota

    Dear Archdaily editors, thank you for the post! We are planning a couple of test screenings New York and Boston, at the beginning of March. If we make it, we will let know details about it.

    • Vanessa Quirk

      Hi Simona! Yes – please contact us at and let us know! Thanks.

    • radost

      Hello Simona Rota,
      The movie looks great :)
      Is it out already ? Can we purchase a DVD or something ?

  • Michael Archer

    I would love to attend a screening, I’m in NY! Please keep us all in the loop, film looks fantastic.

    • Simona Rota (OSS)

      Hi Michael,
      As Archdaily already announced, “The Competition” will be test screened on the 4th of March at 7PM, in New York (Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street, Manhattan) and on the 7th of March at 3 PM, at Harvard (Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge). Both screenings are open, free entrance but subject to the venue’s capacity and on one’s own risk :-)

      • sean kristopher slater

        We in Berkeley, California would love to know when you will be screening on the West Coast! It looks very very good!


      • Rhaynelina Estevez

        Hi Simona Rota,

        I am part of the planning committee for KCDW 2014 (Kansas City Design Week), we would like to present the screening of the film ‘The Competition” during that week and if possible a lecture afterwards with the Director Angel Burrego Cubero or a member of the team. Please let me know how to proceed for more information.

        Thank you for your time.

    • pravien

      hey when are you doing screenings in London? really want to see this.

  • John Riordan

    Reminds me of the very polished PBS NOVA documentary of the Chicago Library competition in the mid-nineties…Post-Modernism won out then…can’t wait to see who wins this time. Glad to see you captured the more “raw” side of it.

  • Tom Glover

    Will this film be shown in London? I would love to see it!

    • Simona Rota (OSS)

      Hi Tom. Yes, we will be showing The Competition in London. It will happen on the 21st of October 2013, but this is only a private screening organized by VITRA for their guests. Nevertheless we are now discussing with other institutions in order to bring the movie to London for a public screening by the end of 2013. As soon as there is something settled, I will announce it here also. Thank you for your interest.

  • John

    Thank you for this vieo !
    It shows to what extent these architects are childish and cynical.
    There is no reflection in their steps, just some small absolutely distressing automatic manipulations.
    The media architecture is sad; she ignores the beauty and the simplicity. She is morbid.

  • Simona Rota (OSS)

    The big news is: `The Competition will have its World Première at the 2013 Architecture Film Festival in Rotterdam (10 – 13 October) and it will actually open the Festival:

  • wesleybelle

    Toronto showing perhaps?

  • Jerry griffin

    Anybody know where this film can be found or purchased?

    • Adl

      I have checked iTunes, netflix and amazon prime to purchase – no luck.