For its eighth edition, the Wilmotte Corporate Foundation invites students and young architects to give new life to the Fort de Villiers, in the inner suburbs of Paris. Through architectural grafting, it will be transformed into a centre dedicated to innovation, sport and culture. At the end of the day, prizes of up to 7,000 euros and an exhibition during the Venice Biennale.
Che competition, dedicated to students and young architects, created to encourage "the meeting of heritage and architectural creation", offers as a playground between 8,000 and 15,000 m² on 4 hectares of land that should be part of the 2024 Olympic Games.
Preserve and disseminate the architectural heritage
Helping a young architect or an artist in the early stages of his career is one of the main thrusts of the actions carried out by the Wilmottte Corporate Foundation, which is why every year it organises a competition to discover and support young talent in order to raise awareness of the importance of associating heritage and tomorrow's architecture.
Currently, the competition is aimed at students and young graduates of architecture schools, and rewards the excellence of a project by offering its authors the opportunity to participate in an architectural realization.
Prizes and scholarships are awarded by a jury of professionals, architects, artists, journalists and intellectuals.
As part of the preservation of contemporary architectural heritage and in order to build up a documentation collection open to all, the Foundation is acquiring testimonials from the profession that will constitute the memory of tomorrow.
It will soon be organising exhibitions and conferences in France and abroad to promote its dissemination and knowledge.
Finally, it will regularly publish works whose guiding thread will be the transmission of knowledge and emotions.
As part of this approach, the Foundation already includes a college of qualified personalities, whose diverse profiles ensure the relevance of the commitment and action.
The Fort de Villiers is located in the inner suburbs of Paris, in the commune of Noisy-le-Grand, 1 km south of its town centre. Bordered by the A4 motorway, its close environment is made up of municipal and sports facilities and a residential complex. It is one of the parts of the second line of fortified walls in Paris.
Erected on 4 hectares of land, this structure was designed by General Séré de Rivières from 1878 to 1880, and is part of the second belt of forts designed to protect Paris after the 1870 defeat to the Prussian army. Property of the Ministry of Defence, it originally housed a military barracks. From accommodation centre to place of reception for sports associations, the Fort has had many uses. Today it is the property of the town of Noisy-le-Grand, partly abandoned and closed to the public since 2007, its vocation is currently being defined.
Reveal the site's landscape potential, making it a real place for walking, discovery and relaxation: sports trails, playgrounds, urban agriculture, allotment gardens, sculpture park, etc. As a development lever for the city, the future project could include an ecological housing offer or an innovative hotel complex integrated into the site.
However, the aim of the project is to turn the venue into a "sports factory" that should be able to host festivals and ephemeral events, while fitting into the framework of the 2024 Olympic Games and contributing to the influence of Greater Paris.
The eighth edition of the W Prize was launched on 5 January 2018 and you can register until midnight on 9 April 2018.
The deadline for submission of projects is Monday, April 16, 2018 at midnight.
On 20 April 2018, a jury of international experts in the fields of architecture, urban planning and landscape will meet and decide on the selected projects.
The three winning projects as well as the mentioned projects will be exhibited in Venice at the gallery of the Wilmotte Foundation, within the framework of the International Architecture Biennale. The inauguration will take place in May in the presence of the winning teams.