LOBBY Magazine: "Sandcastles" in Puerto Rico

LOBBY Magazine: "Sandcastles" in Puerto Rico

In the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Puerto Rico shines like a newly polished emerald—bound by history, nurtured by culture, full of life, incredible food, vivacious music, warm people, spectacular beaches and a promising design community. But its economic crisis has put the island on the global spotlight in the most unfortunate of ways, with the international media pessimistically dubbing it ‘the Greece of the Caribbean’. Like Greece, there's much more to la isla bonita (‘the pretty island’, as it was known around the world) than economic and political woes, and if we were to take a look inside the island, peeking through the leaves of its palm trees and luscious fauna, we'd find a people who are determined to succeed and survive; a people who are creative and bold. That's why this summer, we're lobbying for Puerto Rico.

We at LOBBY are thrilled to announce that we've crossed the Atlantic to host our very first event in tropical paradise. We've partnered up with the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel to bring together architectural designers from all over the island to compete in a unique, amusing and truly tropical event: the ‘Sandcastles’ competition.

LOBBY wants to invite designers, writers, journalists, architects, influencers and bloggers to ‘Sandcastles’, which will take place at Tacos & Tequila by Patrón at the Condado Vanderbilt, the hotel's beachfront restaurant. Come mingle, network and dance with some of the most creative designers in the island, as our live DJ plays an array of music perfect for the light, airy and trendy atmosphere of the venue. While the competition takes place, our guests can quench their thirsts with bespoke cocktails the Vanderbilt's head bartender will be tailoring just for us: each drink tailored in honour of a designer who's made a significant contribution to Puerto Rican architecture throughout the recent past. We've also partnered with local tourist groups to promote tourism and make the most of what this beautiful island has to offer, such as Eco Adventures, Progressive Ocean Sports and Sail PR.

In this way, LOBBY wants to bring the creative community of the island together, to inspire each other, fraternise, reconnect with the island's beauty, all the while fostering friendly competition. We hope that through the press, we'll be able to send a message to Puerto Ricans and other countries: that there's more good than bad; more hope than doom; more warmth than misery; and definitely more sun than darkness.

Selection Process

  1. August 23: LOBBY will post the most promising sketches/entries on our Facebook page.
  2. The designs will be selected by the general audience. The 9 entries with the most likes will enter the competition.
  3. Voting period: August 23 (9 AM) – August 26 (12 AM).
  4. August 27: winners will be announced and invited to build their sandcastle during the party.


  • First Place: A sunset private charter for four. Meeting at the San Juan Bay Marina, set sail on this two-hour voyage with complimentary beer, rum and prosecco, courtesy of Sail PR. Complimentary dinner for the winning team at Tacos and Tequila by Patrón. The tacos are the star of the restaurant and its menu, designed by Executive Chef Juan Jose Cuevas, includes seven varieties of these Mexican delights.
  • Second Place: Private 'Discovery' lessons, from Progressive Ocean Sports, where three winners will experience hands-on the thrill of kiteboarding. This lesson covers all the basics for kiteboarding, from setting up the kite to braving into the water.
  • Third Place: A private, downwind paddle boarding tour. Progressive Ocean Sports will take the winners to see Old San Juan and enjoy a view of El Morro like they've never seen before, starting off in the Condado lagoon and paddling down to Paseo La Princesa at sunset.

Made possible by our sponsors:

  • Tacos & Tequila by Patrón at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
  • Eco Adventures
  • Progressive Ocean Sports
  • Sail PR

We'll see you at ‘Sandcastles’!

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Cite: "LOBBY Magazine: "Sandcastles" in Puerto Rico" 09 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/793016/lobby-magazine-sandcastles-in-puerto-rico> ISSN 0719-8884

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