Open Call: Berlin Bohemian Hostel

Berlin is the 21st century contemporary world’s ideal capital. The city left its torrid history behind to quickly grow and cement itself into the intellectual and cultural core of the world. Berlin is the epicenter of any new movement that starts to demolish the old-world order. Ever since the wall came down in 1989, Berlin has been known as a bohemian paradise, a place where the empty spaces between east and west could be pioneered and inhabited by the most creative types, who could create and carouse with impunity. Numerous artists from across the globe have taken full advantage of Berlin’s transition period throughout the 1990s and 2000s to find gallery and performance spaces in the most unexpected places. The underground art scene is very modern, very edgy and relatively unlimited in the city of Berlin.

Berlin is cheaper to live than most big cities today— so artists have more time to put creative energy toward their visions, and they can take the financial risks that are necessary when making art. Because of the fact they can live cheaply and have more free time, artists in Berlin tend to be very active and thriving.
The competition seeks the creation of a contemporary, edgy and quirky hostel in the city of Berlin that redefines the idea of co-living. The aim of the competition is to create an innovative architectural and spatial environment that enhances the experience of the traveler and breaks away from the conventional building typology of travelers’ hostels. The hostel should strive to create a new space that emphasizes on people-oriented design in behavioral terms as they interact and use spaces and embodies the bohemian way of living together.

The Kunsthaus Tacheles is an iconic site in terms of its historical and present-day importance. Originally a Jewish quarter that also served as a Nazi prison during WWII, it was taken over by artists who developed workshops, studios, galleries, cinemas etc. in the old building and covered its façade with graffiti and murals. The district comprises of a large open area that is home to a lot of installations and pavilions designed by artists from all over the world. The proposal should respect the ephemeral nature of the site and the spatial impermanence of structures around it. The built volume should respect and react with the site in a smooth manner. The built form should be dynamic, permeable, open, translucent and should immerse itself as a part of the context.

The hostel must become an important landmark for the district and an architectural icon that attracts more and more people. The co-living space should become a strong reference point that would generate interest from not only the travelers and artists but from locals and general public who will be spectators and third party to the bohemian way of living.

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:
First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate
Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate
Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate
10 Honorable mentions
Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.

The competition is open to everyone in the world (architects, students, engineers etc.). You can participate individually or in a team. A team can have a maximum of three members only.
Early registration: - 1st March 2019- 31st March 2019
•For foreign nationals: 40 EUR PER TEAM
•For Indian nationals: 1200 INR PER TEAM
Standard registration: - 1st April 2019- 31st May 2019
•For foreign nationals: 60 EUR PER TEAM
•For Indian nationals: 1500 INR PER TEAM
Late registration: - 1st June 2019- 29th June 2019
•For foreign nationals: 80 EUR PER TEAM
•For Indian nationals: 1800 INR PER TEAM
Submission deadline: 30th June 2019
Result: 25th July 2019
*All deadlines are 11:59 PM- 00:00 IST (India)

Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.
Send us the following details at to avail the offer.

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This is an open international competition hosted by archasm to generate progressive design ideas. There are no plans for the hostel to be built. The competition is organized for education purpose only.


Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Open Call: Berlin Bohemian Hostel
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    June 30, 2019 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    June 30, 2019 11:30 PM
  • Venue

    Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin
  • Price

    Early Registration: 40 EUR(Foreign), 1200 INR(Indian), Standard Registration: 60 EUR(Foreign), 1500 INR(Indian), Late Registration: 80 EUR(Foreign), 1800 INR(Indian)

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Cite: "Open Call: Berlin Bohemian Hostel" 12 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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