This is a single stage ideas competition with the aim of identifying the best proposal for a Creative Exhibition Center in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.

This competition is open to all students and young professionals (under 40) of areas related to architecture. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. The winning design will demonstrate a high degree of expression and creativity in fulfilling the program requirements, in accordance with the specific design guidelines presented here.


The site for the pavilion | source: ADEDU
The site for the pavilion | source: ADEDU

The site of this competition is the Band Rotunda which is located at the heart of Oriental Parade, one of the most beautiful and popular streets in Wellington. The area of the site is about 530 m2 with a semi-circular shape projecting into Wellington Harbour.

A bathing pavilion was built on the site in the nineteenth century. A second floor was subsequently added to the original art-deco structure in the late twentieth century which until recently accommodated a restaurant. After an earthquake in 2016, a crack in the foundation of the building indicated that the added floor was too heavy for the original design. City councilors and planners question whether we should bring the building back to its original design, or if we would be better off to create a new structure that expresses the spirit of our time. Creative and innovative proposals both the design of the new structure and for the use of the site are encouraged in this competition.


This is an ideas competition, therefore all submitted projects should be for a concept design. All proposals will be reviewed by an international jury. Winners will be decided according to the conceptual merit of the works submitted to the competition.


The competition is open to students and young professionals (under 40) in areas related to architecture. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). The registration of architecture teaching institutions is encouraged as this competition provides a realistic, compelling and challenging task for students.


Andy Thomson | President of Oriental Bay Residents Association

Diane Brand | Professor at University of Auckland

Harris Maragkos | Associate Director of AECOM

Marc Aurel Schnabel | Professor at Victoria University of Wellington

Pamela Bell | CEO of Prefab New Zealand


First Prize: 1,500 NZD

Second Prize : 1,000 NZD

Third Prize : 500 NZD

5 Honorable mentions: Certificate


15 April 2018 | Competition announcement

30 Oct 2018 |  Design proposal submission

15 Nov 2018 | Winner announcement


All submission documents need to be sent to by 5 pm 30 October 2018. Submission without a registration ID number will not be accepted.


EARLY BIRDS (before 30.08.2018):   $20 /Team

STANDARD:   $30 /Team



To get a registration ID number, click HERE 



CONTEXT contributor : Shuva Chowdhury , Architect & PhD researcher, Victoria University,  New Zealand