International Architectural Open Competition for the COAF SMART Campus Armavir

GOAL

COAF is building its second SMART Center in Armenia, this time in the Armavir region, replicating its flagship SMART Center in the Lori region inaugurated in 2018. Armavir is the region where COAF’s s journey toward rural development in Armenia started in 2003. This competition aimed to get landscape-specific, innovative, and sustainable design strategies interpreted through a creative architectural concept for the new COAF SMART Campus and in particular for the COAF SMART Center in the Armavir region. The construction of SMART Centers across all regions of Armenia is an ambitious initiative, aimed at making quality non-formal education accessible to rural youth while introducing multilayered development opportunities for children and adults alike.

SITE

COAF SMART Campus Armavir site

The site is positioned between the Mounts Ararat and Aragats.

Site coordinates: 40.173355, 43.887473 
90 ha (222 acres) campus area
932 m above sea level is the lowest point
1,014 m above sea level is the highest point
55 km (34mi) far from Yerevan
17.9 km (11mi) far from Armavir city
22 km (13.6mi) far from the Armenian-Turkish border
5.5km (3.4mi) far from the H17 main road

COMPETITION

This international architectural competition, organized by the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), was open and required registration.
There was no application fee, but registration was mandatory to be able to receive the Competition Package.
Participants were required to maintain strong confidentiality throughout the competition and not identify themselves or release any design proposal images etc. to any third parties or media outlets until an official announcement has been made. This included also written / online announcements and visuals by an individual or legal entity on participation, images, and visuals that can reveal the participation in the competition.

ALL THE DETAILS REGARDING THE COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE COMPETITION BRIEF.

JURY

The competition jury consisted of nine professionals, the majority of whom were architects from Armenia and abroad. London-based architect Mr. Michel Mossessian chaired the jury.

The jury members are:

  • Albert Zurabyan, RA Honorary Architect, zaart Architects (Armenia)
  • Aram Pakhchanian, Education Expert, Ayb Foundation (Armenia)
  • Arsen Karapetyan, Architect, d’arvestanots Studio (Armenia)
  • Elija Kozak, Architect-Urbanist, MVRDV (The Netherlands)
  • Ia Kupatadze, Architect, Associate Professor at Illia State University (Georgia)
  • Korioun Khatchadourian, COAF Managing Director (Armenia)
  • Michel Mossessian, Architect, mossessian architecture (UK)
  • Philip Gumuchdjian, Architect, Gumuchdjian Architects (UK)
  • Sarhat Petrosyan, Architect – Urban Planner, SP2 (Armenia)

74 DESIGN CONCEPTS SUBMITTED

_The Bridge_ by Alexey Istratov, Tatyana Arsenyeva, Dmitry Laktionov, Marat Giniyatullin from Russia, ID 28231823
“The Bridge” by Alexey Istratov, Tatyana Arsenyeva, Dmitry Laktionov, Marat Giniyatullin from Russia.
Untitled Anahit Hakob-Nayiryan from Armenia, ID 19921017
“Untitled” by Anahit Hakob-Nayiryan from Armenia
_Untitled_ by Anna Yengoyan, Anahit Vardanyan, Susanna Tonayants, Alisa Atoyan, Aram Nazaryan, Melanya Hakobyan from Armenia, ID 21171606
“Untitled” by Anna Yengoyan, Anahit Vardanyan, Susanna Tonayants, Alisa Atoyan, Aram Nazaryan, Melanya Hakobyan from Armenia.
_Gate to the Nature_ by Any Pogosyan, Ivan Selednikov, Julia Larikova from Germany, ID 15191494
“Gate to the Nature” by Any Pogosyan, Ivan Selednikov, Julia Larikova from Germany.
_Untitled_ Armen Arakelyan from Armenia, ID 25947589
“Untitled” by Armen Arakelyan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Ashot Antonyan from Armenia, ID 70000000
“Untitled” by Ashot Antonyan from Armenia
_Untitled_ by Authors from India, ID 98499885
“Untitled” by Authors from India.
_Untitled_ Bahri Onur Karlidag from Turkey, ID 19101009
“Untitled” by Bahri Onur Karlidag from Turkey.
_Untitled_ by Cong Wang, Xi Wang, Liqi Ye from China, ID 04020502
“Untitled” by Cong Wang, Xi Wang, Liqi Ye from China.
_Untitled_ by Davit Stepanyan from Armenia, ID 01234568
“Untitled” by Davit Stepanyan from Armenia.
_Marshmallow Plant_ by Dr. Neerja Babbar, Damanpreet Chugh, Deepika Vasudeva, Shruti Bahera from India, ID 14030600
“Marshmallow Plant” by Dr. Neerja Babbar, Damanpreet Chugh, Deepika Vasudeva, Shruti Bahera from India.
_Untitled_ by Duc Anh (Ace) Nguyen, Ziju Xian from Canada, ID 11131118
“Untitled” by Duc Anh (Ace) Nguyen, Ziju Xian from Canada.
_Untitled_ Edgar Eduardo Ruiz Patiño from Colombia, ID 71523460
“Untitled” Edgar Eduardo Ruiz Patiño from Colombia.
Azure” by electric architects from Armenia (Project ID- 56012777)
“Azure” by Electric architects from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Erik Ohanyan from Armenia, ID 20220502
“Untitled” by Erik Ohanyan from Armenia.
“Contemplating mount Ararat” by Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza from Spain (Project ID- 01502515)
“Contemplating mount Ararat” by Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza from Spain.
_Eroded Landscape_ by Felipe Diéguez Vercellino, Vicente Gutiérrez Larrañaga, Gabriel Morera Lorenzo from Chile, ID 19901989
“Eroded Landscape” by Felipe Diéguez Vercellino, Vicente Gutiérrez Larrañaga, Gabriel Morera Lorenzo from Chile.
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos from Spain and DZ Studio from Armenia
“Untitled” by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos from Spain & DZ Studio from Armenia.
_Untitled_ FWDesign from China, ID 19600324
“Untitled” by FWDesign from China.
_Bridge_ by GAO HAIYANG from China, ID 05021208
“Bridge” by GAO HAIYANG from China.
_Untitled_ by Garegin Aghuzumtsyan _ co from Armenia, ID 09123001
“Untitled” by Garegin Aghuzumtsyan & co from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Garegin Yeghoyan, Aleksandr Vardanyan from Armenia, ID 34619752
“Untitled” by Garegin Yeghoyan, Aleksandr Vardanyan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Gautam Bhatia _ Navin Gupta from india, ID 19283746
“Untitled” by Gautam Bhatia & Navin Gupta from India.
_Untitled_ by Gayane Hovhannisyan, Nikolay Alekseev from Armenia, ID 88899564
“Untitled” by Gayane Hovhannisyan, Nikolay Alekseev from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Giuseppe D'Albenzio from Italy (Project ID- 15122005)
“Untitled” by Giuseppe D’Albenzio from Italy.
_Archimedean Spiral_ by “Harsnadzor” LTD from Armenia, ID 70663736
“Archimedean Spiral” by “Harsnadzor” LTD from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Hayk Nasoyan, Hayk Nikoyan, Lilit Soghoyan, Tatevik Galoyan, Gagik Melkumyan, Arusyak Sadoyan, Hrachya Gharibyan from Armenia, ID 68981555
“Untitled” by Hayk Nasoyan, Hayk Nikoyan, Lilit Soghoyan, Tatevik Galoyan, Gagik Melkumyan, Arusyak Sadoyan, Hrachya Gharibyan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Hrachya Volodya Vardanyan from Armenia, ID 13313313
“Untitled” by Hrachya Volodya Vardanyan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ Technical bureau of building engineering from Italy, ID 36591432
“Untitled” by Ing. Giuseppe Mosca from Italy.
_Cloud Ark_ by Jiawei Liang from China, ID 08180524
“Cloud Ark” by Jiawei Liang from China.
_One Roof, One Campus_ by Keunyoung Ryu from South Korea, ID 09030830
“One Roof, One Campus” by Keunyoung Ryu from South Korea.
_Untitled_ by LCC w2kshop from georgia, ID 01620119
“Untitled” by LCC w2kshop from Georgia.
_Untitled_ by Lusine Matinyan, Anna Arakelyan, Anzhela Grigogyan from Armenia, ID 87551123
“Untitled” by Lusine Matinyan, Anna Arakelyan, Anzhela Grigoryan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Marat Mezhlumyan from Armenia, ID 97649764
“Untitled” by Marat Mezhlumyan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by MAS_MX architects from Mexico, ID 01031990
“Untitled” by MAS | MX architects from Mexico.
_Hayat_ Master_s Plan from Russia, ID 13137137
“Hayat” by Master’s Plan from Russia.
_Hexagon Module 70 M2_ by Michael Mkertichyan, Arayik Avetyan, Kamil Kos from USA, ID 90656558
“Hexagon Module 70 M2” by Michael Mkertichyan, Arayik Avetyan, Kamil Kos from USA.
Untitled by MINJAE, KIM from Chine, ID 14588329
“Untitled” by MINJAE, KIM from China.
_Untitled_ Misak Terzibasiyan, Shadi Hashemian, Goerge Koliotsas, Amir Feizinezhadgheshlaghi from Netherlands, ID 22091964
“Untitled” by Misak Terzibasiyan, Shadi Hashemian, Goerge Koliotsas, Amir Feizinezhadgheshlaghi from Netherlands.
_Re-Framing A Cultural Gaze. We and Our Mountains_ by MNOffice from USA, ID 05262020
“Re-Framing A Cultural Gaze. We and Our Mountains” by MNOffice from USA.
_Untitled_ Mushegh Hunanyan _Hun-Sav_ from Armenia, ID 20152019
“Untitled” by Mushegh Hunanyan “Hun-Sav” from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Nadim Miza from UK, ID 00000006
“Untitled” by Nadim Miza from UK.
_SMART Landscape_ by Natasha Krymskaya, Julia Belozertseva, Alexander Belozertsev from Russia, ID 45382484
“SMART Landscape” by Natasha Krymskaya, Julia Belozertseva, Alexander Belozertsev from Russia.
_Untitled_ by Nishchanka Pavel from Belarus, ID 71574236
“Untitled” by Nishchanka Pavel from Belarus.
_Untitled_ Norayr Vardanyan from Armenia, ID 96969696
“Untitled” by Norayr Vardanyan from Armenia.
_Arteries of Hope_ by Partnerz Studio from Egypt, ID 10011101
“Arteries of Hope” by Partnerz Studio from Egypt.
_Floating Topography_ by Paul Kaloustian from France (Project ID- EAPJ2022)
“Floating Topography” by Paul Kaloustian from France.
_Untitled_ by Paul Li zhou from China, ID 90235687
“Untitled” by Paul Li zhou from China.
“Rural Flowers” by Quy Phu Nguyen from Germany (Project ID- 00003136)
“Rural Flowers” by Quy Phu Nguyen from Germany.
_Culture, Heritage, Future_ by Ricardo Martins Farinha, Armo Akanesyans from UK, ID 395135
“Culture, Heritage, Future” by Ricardo Martins Farinha, Armo Akanesyans from UK.
_Untitled_ by RITTIPONG TIANDUM from Thailand, ID 00240033
“Untitled” by RITTIPONG TIANDUM from Thailand.
_Untitled_ by ROBERT LIU from China, ID 80808080
“Untitled” by ROBERT LIU from China.
_Untitled_ by Sam Aslanian Architect from USA, ID 22050403
“Untitled” by Sam Aslanian Architect from USA.
_Untitled_ by Shahen Karapetyan from Armenia, ID 81959999
“Untitled” by Shahen Karapetyan from Armenia.
_Symbiosis with Irrigation_ by Shinsaku Munemoto from Japan, ID 61432200
“Symbiosis with Irrigation” by Shinsaku Munemoto from Japan.
_Untitled_ by Shushan Hakobyan, Anahit Sargsyan, Sevak Soghomonyan from Armenia, ID 16180339
“Untitled” by Shushan Hakobyan, Anahit Sargsyan, Sevak Soghomonyan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Sill & Sound Architects from Belgium (Project ID- 12300517)
“Untitled” by Sill & Sound Architects from Belgium.
_From Prehistoric Settlements to the Space Station_ by snkh studio from Armenia, ID 26191411
“From Prehistoric Settlements to the Space Station” by snkh studio from Armenia.
_I_ by SPF architects _ Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA from USA, ID 07182527
“I” by SPF architects | Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA from USA.
_Untitled_ by Stepan Terzyan from Armenia, ID 71486259
“Untitled” by Stepan Terzyan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Storaket architectural studio from Armenia, ID 35152222
“Untitled” by Storaket architectural studio and Mesrob Andriasyan from Armenia.
_COAF Green Campus. Armavir_ by STUDIO TDVA ARCHITECTURE from France, ID 31052014
“COAF Green Campus. Armavir” by STUDIO TDVA ARCHITECTURE from France.
_Untitled_ by Tarberak Architectural Studio, TL Bureau from Armenia, ID 18102018
“Untitled” by Tarberak Architectural Studio, TL Bureau from Armenia.
_Untitled_ HollyMounts from France, ID 24040204
“Untitled” by HollyMounts from France.
_Untitled_ TIgran Marutyan from Armenia, ID 23322332
“Untitled” TIgran Marutyan from Armenia.
_School That Also Can Become Anything_ by Tigran Melkonyan from Armenia, ID 21212121
School That Also Can Become Anything” by Tigran Melkonyan from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Timothy Winstanley (Anomaly Architecture LLC) from USA, ID 22092022
“Untitled” by Timothy Winstanley (Anomaly Architecture LLC) from USA.
_Untitled_ “TRIPTYCH” ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO from Armenia, ID 12645374
“Untitled” by “TRIPTYCH” ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO from Armenia.
_Eco Loop_ by Urban Unit Architecture Construction from Armenia (Project ID- 01020304)
“Eco Loop” by Urban Unit Architecture Construction from Armenia.
“Flowers Terrace” by Wenyi Zhu from China (Project ID- 1000084)
“Flowers Terrace” by Wenyi Zhu from China.
_Articulating Beneath Mountains_ by Yashiq Yusuf, Fahmi Arsha from India, ID 02684119
“Articulating Beneath Mountains” by Yashiq Yusuf, Fahmi Arsha from India.
_The Loop_ by Yifan Zhao, Meng Li from China, ID 03191219
“The Loop” by Yifan Zhao, Meng Li from China.
_The Mixer_ by Yutian Tang from USA, ID 56399516
“The Mixer” by Yutian Tang from USA.
_Untitled_ by Zara Margaryan, Artur Hovhannisyan from Armenia, ID 02761927
“Untitled” by Zara Margaryan, Artur Hovhannisyan from Armenia.

FINALISTS

Azure” by electric architects from Armenia (Project ID- 56012777)
“Azure” by Electric architects from Armenia.
“Contemplating mount Ararat” by Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza from Spain (Project ID- 01502515)
“Contemplating mount Ararat” by Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza from Spain.
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos from Spain and DZ Studio from Armenia
“Untitled” by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos from Spain & DZ Studio from Armenia.
_Untitled_ by Giuseppe D'Albenzio from Italy (Project ID- 15122005)
“Untitled” by Giuseppe D’Albenzio from Italy.
_Floating Topography_ by Paul Kaloustian from France (Project ID- EAPJ2022)
“Floating Topography” by Paul Kaloustian from France.
“Rural Flowers” by Quy Phu Nguyen from Germany (Project ID- 00003136)
“Rural Flowers” by Quy Phu Nguyen from Germany.
_Untitled_ by Sill & Sound Architects from Belgium (Project ID- 12300517)
“Untitled” by Sill & Sound Architects from Belgium.
_Eco Loop_ by Urban Unit Architecture Construction from Armenia (Project ID- 01020304)
“Eco Loop” by Urban Unit Architecture Construction from Armenia.
“Flowers Terrace” by Wenyi Zhu from China (Project ID- 1000084)
“Flowers Terrace” by Wenyi Zhu from China.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY JURY

Azure” by electric architects from Armenia (Project ID- 56012777)
“Azure” by Electric architects from Armenia.
“Contemplating mount Ararat” by Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza from Spain (Project ID- 01502515)
“Contemplating mount Ararat” by Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza from Spain.
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos from Spain and DZ Studio from Armenia
“Untitled” by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos from Spain & DZ Studio from Armenia.
“Rural Flowers” by Quy Phu Nguyen from Germany (Project ID- 00003136)
“Rural Flowers” by Quy Phu Nguyen from Germany.
“Flowers Terrace” by Wenyi Zhu from China (Project ID- 1000084)
“Flowers Terrace” by Wenyi Zhu from China.