Call for Entries: International competition for preparation of preliminary urban and architectural development design for arrangement of the Kale Hill in Skopje

The Competition for preparation of preliminary urban and architectural development design for arrangement of the Kale Hill in Skopje constitutes an integral part of the project Kale – Cultural Fortress, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, with the goal of encouraging the revitalization and spatial arrangement of the Kale Hill into an attractive and vibrant city attraction with various cultural, educational and recreational functions.

Two important cultural monuments dominate the Kale Hill: The mediaeval fortress – Kale and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The exceptional historic and contemporary significance of these two imposing structures for the City of Skopje have been largely diminished due to many years of neglect of the broader location of the Kale Hill.

Feeling the detrimental consequences of this situation regarding the availability to the public on one hand, while being aware of the enormous potential of this space in possible support and expansion of the diversity and attractiveness of our programs on the other hand, the team of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, by announcing this competition for preliminary design proposals, encourages bold and innovative, but at the same time simple and feasible ideas and concepts for cultivating the Kale Hill into “cultural fortress” and the public interest.

Within the general competition framework, the proposals should also consider and emphasize the natural advantages of the location and its contents from the aspect of proximity to the central city area; the vibrant morphology of the terrain and in that sense its recreational capacities; topographic diversity with multiple places that provide wonderful views of the city panorama and the landscape of the Skopje valley.

The second, equally important component of the project proposals, refers to the Kale Hill, as unique public space integrated with dynamic cultural content, for which the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje is the primary program platform, including organization of artistic, sculptural, architectural, performance, multimedia, residential, educational seminars and workshops and other types of interdisciplinary or community projects and public events.

The Design task of the competition is quite challenging: development of preliminary urban and architectural development design whose basic purpose is to encourage transformation of the space in an urban area with new program, spatial and landscape qualities. The participants in the competition are required to recognize and present the values and potentials of the location, as well as to identify the opportunities and ways in which it could attract new users, new ‘residents’.

In the segment for the specific location, the competition participants are required to study the immediate area of the specific location, to recognize its values and qualities and to develop and propose concept/s for “populating” the space with a few (optimally between 2 and 3) temporary constructions of the type pavilion, intended to house some of the contents of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, as well as new contents that should transform the specific location in a manner that would add multiple new purposes.
The pavilions should represent new points of public interest within the specific location. In addition to accepting “museum” contents, the pavilions should be open to other possibilities, i.e. enriched or transformed into other – temporary uses. The visitors should be able to stay in them for a while, be informed about something, obtain certain service, be a part of an event, meet and communicate with the other visitors to the Museum or the place, but to also be able to briefly shelter from the elements, rest, etc.

The competition begins on the day of the announcement:  05.04.2019. The deadline for handing over the works is 15.05.2019.

The total amount of the prize fund for the competition is MKD 300,000 in GROSS amount:

First prize                                        150,000.00 MKD // 2432.07 EUR

Second prize                                   100,000.00 MKD // 1621.38

Third prize                                       50,000.00 MKD //     810.69

The prize fund is provided by the City of Skopje, from the budget of the “ROCK” project.

Download the information related to this competition here:

T1. Competition terms and conditions

T2. Competition project program

T3. Publication – Kale, Cultural Fortress

T4. Statement for autorship and acceptance of the competition conditions

Competition material – Graphic files (Download a Zip package)

Brief report on the results and the awarded projects at the Competition for the design of a conceptual architectural and urban solution for arrangement of the Kale hill

Seventeen (17) works participated in the competition for the design of a conceptual architectural and urban solution for arrangement of the hill Kale in Skopje until the deadline of 15 May 2019.

Working in two separate  sessions for evaluation of the received works, the Competition Commission decided to award two (2) equal first prizes of 125.000 denars to the works under the code “SO 162“, project of  architects Aleksandra Shulevska and Kristof Schlüβler and “Modul“, project of Ana Rafailovska, Marija Antic Nikolova, Lidija Ristovska, and Nevenka Mancheva Adzievska, architects from Skopje. The third prize of 50.000 denars was given to the work under the code “LOG 01“, project of Aleksandar Vrangalovski and Eleonora Popovska, architects from Berlin with collaborators Lazo Lazarov and Maja Boshkovich.

Members of the Jury:

Zoran Petrovski – President of the Jury, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje

Prof. d-r Vlatko Korabar – Faculty of Architecture, Skopje

Associate Prof. d-r Jovan Ivanovski – Faculty of Architecture, Skopje

Assistant Prof. d-r Goran Mickovski – Faculty of Architecture, Skopje

Assistant Prof. d-r Ana Ivanovska Deskova – Faculty of Architecture, Skopje

Arch. m-r Snezana Gerasimova – The State Institute for the Cultural Protection

Assistant Prof. d-r Meri Batakoja – Faculty of Architecture, Skopje

Museum Of Contemporary Art Skopje

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