June 11, 2019 - Ab Rogers Design - Wonderfruit Festival 2019
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June 11, 2019
June 11, 2019

Ab Rogers Design / Wonderfruit

Eco Pavilion, designed by Ab Rogers Design for Wonderfruit Festival 2018.

Wonderfruit Festival 2019
December 12–16, 2019

Application deadline: July 15

The Fields
Siam Country Club
Chonburi Province


Wonderfruit encourages, develops and innovates creative solutions for sustainable living and brings together a global community to celebrate them. Wonderfruit uses its platform to catalyze creativity and make a meaningful positive impact.

As part of the Wonderfruit Festival 2019 we would like to issue an open call to designers and architects from all over the world to design one of our sustainable pavilions. 

See competition details below.

To design and build a unique pavilion structure for Wonderfruit, destined to house the onsite exhibition that showcases the vision, ideas, ambition, information and hard work that goes into creating the festival each year. 

Designs should
–Embody the Wonderfruit ethos, acting as a striking beacon for its powerful brand and supporting and communicating its ethical values
–Be waterproof, sustainable, lightweight, intelligent and evolved
–Utilise local materials such as grass, bamboo, timber, mud etc. or other innovative sustainable materials
–Be 120sqm
–Celebrate craft and engineering practices, employing them to create a world class but locally relevant final design
–Be built to last for at least 5 years, with zero negative environmental impact and a sustainable after-life whether upcycled, reused or disintegrated via gradual, organic decomposition or through a more dramatic ritual dissolution 
–Consider the structure's evolution over time and its adaptation to changing environmental conditions in a tropical location
–Be radical and functional, curious and surprising, while considering—modularity, flexibility, expandability, longevity, lightness vs. solidity, etc.
–Be buildable in one month

The most successful entries will be those that best encapsulate the spirit of Wonderfruit, helping the festival to tell its story. 

Initial design proposals may be the work of anyone with a background in design—individuals or teams welcome. 

Submission method: 
Entries to be sent as a digital postcard of A6 dimensions (105 x 148 mm)

Include information on email: applicant’s name(s), training/education, occupation, country of residence, and age.
Submit to: wonderfruitopencall@abrogers.com

Final venue: 
The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

The prize: 
The winning designer/design team (max two persons) will be flown out to Thailand for one month (with travel, accommodation and expenses paid for) to work with a local architect and team of craftsmen to realise their design, staying on to attend  Wonderfruit Festival 2019 and see their creation in action. 

The judges:
From the postcards received Ab Rogers Design (designers of Wonderfruit 2018 and 2019) will select 20 best designs. From there, an international jury of design experts (including: Deyan Sudjic, Ab Rogers, Aric Chen, El Ultimo Grito, Lorenzo Alvarez, Rachaporn Choochuey, Dr. Singh Intrachooto and Boonserm Premthada) will whittle the responses down to the best six. The final six shortlisted designers will have the chance to develop their design further. After the jury has reviewed these developed designs, the winner will be sellected and announced.

Competition opens: June 11, 2019
Postcards submission closes: July 15, 2019, 11:59pm GMT+1
20 First-round selected designers announced: Beginning August 2019
Six Second-round selected designer announced: Mid September 2019
Finalist announced: Mid October 2019 
Work to start on site in Pattaya: First half November 2019 
Completion: To tie in with opening of Wonderfruit on December 12, 2019

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