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Call for design concepts for ECOS Free Economic Zone data center in Armenia

Armenia Architecture News - Feb 1, 2019 - 04:36   3052 views

Call for design concepts for ECOS Free Economic Zone data center in Armenia

ECOS announces a competition for the best design for infrastructural objects in the Free Economic Zone in Armenia, “ECOS FEZ Design Competition” with a total prize fund of 3,000,000 AMD.

ECOS is looking for bold solutions, distinctive and non-conventional ones, which will help create the image of innovative Armenia and give a chance to designers and architects to contribute to the creation of the infrastructure. The latter will serve for the development of high-tech projects in Armenia that will allow a balanced regional development of the country.

“ECOS FEZ Design Competition” is a competition for young and talented designers which enables them to participate in the creation of the interior and exterior design of buildings and structures in the Free Economic Zone in Armenia. The ECOS FEZ will become the hallmark of modern high-tech digital Armenia, which is becoming increasingly attractive for foreign investments and the export of IT technologies.

In the near future, ECOS will launch an industrial mining center located in the cooling tower building at the Hrazdan TPP. It will be integrated with the technology cluster for innovative start-ups, and will also functionally serve as the data center of the FEZ. ECOS offers a fundamentally new perspective on the market for innovative technologies. This is not a platform or an IT cluster, but a full-fledged ecosystem, each of the elements of which is synergistically connected with the others. We achieve big goals together, not competing with each other.

Invited to participate: professional architects, designers, aspiring professionals, project organizations, design offices, manufacturing plants, design studios, and workshops; students and graduates of relevant universities in Armenia and abroad.

The competition was announced in three nominations:

The best design project of the cooling tower

The best design project of the administration office

The best design project of the surrounding area

Winners and finalists of the competition will receive funding for the implementation of their projects and valuable prizes.

"With the help of the competition, ECOS gives young creative people from all around the world the opportunity to express their views on the future through innovative and promising proposals. In the era of globalization, when the technological revolution prevails, there is a need to rethink the connection between a city, an individual and high technology. We want the look of the Free Economic Zone to reflect this vision, so we are waiting for your ideas!," said Ilya Goldberg, managing partner of ECOS company commented.

The competition is held with the support of the Government of Armenia, with the participation of leading experts in the field of architecture and design, as well as with informational support from leading Armenian and international media.

Competition Info 

The competition is held from January 15, 2019, to March 15, 2019.

Apply for participation in the contest here

The participation is free of charge. Competition Rules can be seen from here. 

Prizes: 1 000 000 AMD for each category. Read about the requirements in the Competition Rules section. 

Jury Board is composed of Merujan Minasian - Storaket Architecture Agency, President & Co-Founder, Naira Hayrapetyan - French University in Armenia, Head of Marketing and E-Commerce,  Armen Babushyan - National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, Head of Design, Artak Knyazyan - ARCHANGEL Architecture Agency, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder.

About the Hrazdan FEZ:

The Free Economic Zone is located on the territory of Hrazdan, Armenia, activities of which are aimed at the development of high technologies in the country. The organizer of the free economic zone in Hrazdan is the ECOS company. A unique ecosystem is being created on the basis of the FEZ, where infrastructure services will operate: from educational and communication projects, research laboratories to electronic platforms for attracting investment in developing projects.

About ECOS project:

ECOS is an innovation ecosystem that includes data centers, an industrial mining center, a venture fund, an R&D laboratory for designing innovations, an educational platform, acceleration programs, and an information and education forum for the Armenian Blockchain Forum.

The purpose of the ECOS FEZ is to create in Armenia an ecosystem for the development of export-oriented companies in the field of high and information technologies, including the formation of an industry of companies creating products based on blockchain technologies, as well as attracting highly qualified specialists and world-class experts, a concentration of human, research and development and investment and financial potential necessary for the sustainable development of the socio-economic situation in the Republic of Armenia.

ECOS activities are aimed at the development of the market for innovative technologies in Armenia and abroad.

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