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Dominique Perrault launches an international architectural competition on the car park of the future

France Architecture News - Jan 27, 2022 - 09:17   2115 views

Dominique Perrault launches an international architectural competition on the car park of the future

DPA-X, Dominique Perrault Architecture’s research department, has partnered with Indigo Group to launch an international architectural competition dedicated to the development of the car park of the future. 

72 hours to invent the parking of the future! 

Registration from January 19th 2022 to April 17th 2022.

Open to young architects under 40 years of age, registered alone or in a team, “Carpark Futures Competition” invites architecture

professionals to question the architectural, urban, technical and environmental potential of a revalorization of underground parking lots, through the study of the Euralille site in northern France.

The candidates will have to propose a series of architectural interventions in response to new practices related to mobility, urban logistics and, more broadly, to changes in lifestyles and consumer habits.

The jury, made up of experts from the world of architecture and urban planning, is co-chaired by Dominique Perrault, architect and urban planner and member of the French Academy of Arts, and Serge Clemente, Chairman of the Indigo Group.

Inventing The Car Park Of The Future

How can underground parking spaces be transformed to adapt them to contemporary societal changes? How can architecture respond to the challenges of future mobility and urban density in the broad sense?

Today, sometimes underused, underground parking lots represent important reserves of surface, volume and land, and their potential is immense. It is now necessary to go beyond a vision of the underground parking lot as a simple inert storage space, in order to allow its integration into major metropolitan developments, by introducing new programs, new uses, and new architectural qualities. The idea of an underground real estate development, or “Sub-estate”, can now be considered as a strategy for an optimized, resilient urbanism, imagining the city as a system rooted in the ground.

The study site will be located in the district of Euralille, in the north of France, a district that was designed in the 1980s by OMA.


January 19, 2022 - Registration opens 

April 17, 2022 - Registration closes

72 Hours Competition

May 20, 2022 - 00:01 AM - Publication of complete rules and opening of applications 

May 22, 2022 - 11:59 PM - Closing of applications


June 2022 - Jury and announcement of winners


3 Winners

- Indigo Grand Prize: 5,000 euros

- 2nd Prize: 2.000 euros 

- 3rd Prize: 1.000 euros

Honorable Mentions (3 mentions) 

Special Prizes (3 special prizes)

DPA-X, founded by architect and urban planner Dominique Perrault, is a prospective research platform. Favoring multidisciplinary interactions, its objective is to accelerate architectural innovations to accompany the new metropolitan evolutions.

Read more details about the competition on the official competition website.

Register to the competition on this page.

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