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The Borneo Sporenburg development is purely a residential area having an urban character with lack of local shops andfacilities which may lead to increased car dependency and subsequent parking problems. However, the Amsterdam’s centreis only a 15 minutes bike ride distance.

Problems, Issues and Thoughts:

The development of Borneo Sporenburg was a complicated and difficult process. There has been considerable experimentationin the legal construction of New Deal and in the architectural and urban planning sense according to CABE. Choosing theurban planning proposal from West 8 was a choice for the new, for the unknown.Borneo Sporenburg project was about a dense urban space which would be inhabited by childless couples, singles and theextremes of high and low income, and a suburban edging occupied by middle-class families. The design also includes aschool and housing for the elderly people, embodiment all the society’s sectors and demonstrating that family housing is notunable to coexist with dense urban areas.Reflecting the nation’s greater wealth, only 30 percent of the units are subsidized social housing and the rest are undermarket rates. Further to the initial thoughts on the design, West 8 wanted to have around a dozen architects design the mostof the housing. Those architects were about to design rows of 5 to 12 units in order to avoid long and monotonous facades.However, after the first 250 units which were built, developers petitioned the city to limit the choices to only the six mostpopular unit types. The result is that some street fronts are lined with long, horizontally oriented structures rather than thefine-grained rhythm of vertical facades that West 8 planned.

Arch. Luis Etchegorry

Born and raised in Argentina, Luis Etchegorry received in 2002 his Bachelor degree on Architecture from Universidad de Buenos Aires and in 2006 his Master in Arts in Advanced Architectural Design (M.A. / AAD) diploma from SAC -Städelschule Architecture Class- at the Städelschule Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

From 2006 till 2008, he has been appointed as Guest Professor at the SAC/ Städelschule Architecture Class and co-director of the year-long Space of Communication interdisciplinary project sponsored by T-Mobile Deutschland during the period of 2006-2007.

In 2008 he joined UNStudio, Amsterdam and during this period -first as an Architect and later in 2010 as Senior Architect/ Associate, he has worked on many built and award winning projects with highly acclaimed international status.

In July 2013, he founded NE-AR GmBH, Nixdorff Etchegorry – Architecture & Research as an international brand set in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Arch. Lars Nixdorff

Born and raised in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Lars Nixdorff received in 2003 his Diploma degree in Architecture from University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt with Honors and in 2005 his Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design with Honors from SAC -Städelschule Architecture Class- at the Städelschule Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

From 2006 until 2008, Lars has been Architect for UNStudio, Amsterdam. Returning to Frankfurt in 2008 Lars has been working as independent Architect.

From 2008 till 2010, he has been appointed as Guest Professor at the SAC/ Städelschule Architecture Class for Architectural Design in Frankfurt/Main. Since 2012 Lars is member of the board of directors of the Foundation Stiftung Städelschule für Baukunst.

In July 2013, he founded NE-AR GmBH, Nixdorff Etchegorry – Architecture & Research as an international brand set in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Arch. Patrick Fransen 

Patrick Fransen (11-oct 1967) was born in Maarheeze (NL) and graduated with honours at the Technical University in Eindhoven in architecture and urban studies in 1992. Patrick Fransen is partner and director of ArchitectuurstudioHH founded by Herman Hertzberger in 1958. He won the second prize in the Archiprix 1993. He is supervisor of the urban area Waterrijk in Eindhoven (NL), and specializes in complex projects, such as theatres and cultural buildings, urban development and residential care complexes. He is also a frequent teacher at colleges and universities and jury member in architect/building selections. For his urban design and housing project Schoolenaer in Haarlem he won the ‘Lieven-the-Key penning’, the first prize for best urban project in Haarlem of the last decade.

He is the architect of the Music Centre TivoliVredenburgin Utrecht, Cultural Centre Markant in Uden, Multipurpose Meeting Facility for ESTEC in Noordwijk, RICOH headquarters ‘s-Hertogenbosch, fire station Sittard, and numerous housing projects and schools in the Netherlands and Belgium. 


Arch. Viktor Zotov

born in 1963

EDUCATION: Kharkov Engineering Institute, Architecture department, graduated in 1986

PROFESSIONAL AFFILATIONS: A member of Ukrainian Architectural Union


1988 - initiated independent architecture practice in Mariupol

1991 - organized the "Architectural Atelier", Mariupol

2003 - worked for the office "Atrium" with Oleg Drozdov, Kharkiv

from 2004 - founder and head architect of "Architectural Bureau "Zotov & Co", Kyiv (

from 2008 - founder of the annual architectural festival "CANactions" (


Arch. Gijs Baks

Gijs Baks and Jacco van Wengerden founded BaksvanWengerden Architects early 2008. This partnership was the beginning of a successful link between a strong conceptual design approach, a constructive process of creativity and refined craftsmanship. The aim is, through committed contact with clients and specialists, to build custom-made works of surprise, elegance, comfort and quality. Therefore BaksvanWengerden Architects investigates and creates buildings and spaces in response to life, the potential of function; the urge of sustainability; the economic and cultural conditions; the character of place; the nature of materials and..  the instability of these characteristics. It is a delicate balance. The build work has been published in international reputable magazines. WALLPAPER* awarded BaksvanWengerden as one of this year’s 20 most talented young architectural practices.


First Prize



Elena Capodarca

Luca Caroti



First Prize

Second: FUZZ BOX


Bradley Edwards

Laurence McMahon



First Prize



Tommaso Secchi

Dario Ruberti

Lucia Frascerra




First Mention



Justine Lemesre

Victor Launay






Second Mention



Claudia Tatiana Rojas Molina

Laura Carvajal

Huan Nicolas Bello Zapata

Juliana Ossa Moreno

Natalia Camila Ramirez Arango




Third Mention



Andrea Corio 

Valentina Ruvutuso 

Luca Barberis

Francesco Carota



Third Mention



Humberto Conde

Joana Alvarez

Joao Almeida

Sara Carnide



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This competition is closed for other registration, the Deadline was: 2013-09-18