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Arquine Competition No.23 MEXTÓPOLI 2022 Pavilion

18 October 2021

Arquine Competition No.24 Pavilion

MEXTRÓPOLI 2022 Pavilion

Administrative bases

  1. Introduction

The International Architecture Competition Arquine calls to design and build a pavilion that temporarily insert in the city, able to generate from its own discourse a sustainable approach, which contemplates an open public program, and build a place for interaction between architecture and citizenship.

Participants must design a structure that complies with the requirements that specify the rules of this competition in terms of time, cost and characteristics. The MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion will become the benchmark per se of each edition of the Festival of Architecture and City.

  1. Legal framework of the contest

This Contest with jury intervention is open and anonymous, in one phase and will follow the provisions of the administrative and technical rules. From the moment of registration, contestants agree to accept in its entirety and without appeal the regulations, techniques and procedures established in the administrative and the technical rules.

  1. Contest organization

The Arquine Competition No.24, MEXTRÓPOLI 2022 Pavilion is organized by Arquine, who will be responsible for organizing the development of the contest, the administrative and technical information, give answer to the participants FAQs, keeping the minutes of the plenary meeting as well as all actions for the proper conduct of this contest.

All correspondence relating to this contest will be sent to the email address:

Arquine Competition MEXTÓPOLI 2022 Pavilion

  1. Objectives
  • Convene, a universal basis, to submit ideas for the development and construction of a social pavilion, recyclable and reusable, which constitutes an element that announce and report the current state of architecture, complying with the requirements established in these rules.
  • Build the Pavilion as part of the International Festival of Architecture and City MEXTRÓPOLI, with the aim of becoming the benchmark, in each edition able to contribute to the festival themes for reflection and discussion on the architecture and the city.
  1. Contestants

The invitation is open to architects and architecture students all over the world. Teams, collective and individual participants are welcome. The groups may incorporate professionals or students from other disciplines. We recommend having an architect or architecture student in the team.

It is not necessary to have some record of the professional association of the country of origin to participate.

Each entrant or team may submit only one proposal.

In any case the team member may be part of another.

They may not participate:

  • Members of the Jury of this contest, or members of Arquine nor MEXTRÓPOLI.
  • People with ties of kinship with members of the Jury, spouses or persons associated with affective similar relationship of cohabitation or affinity, or those with stable professional relationships.
  1. Information and consultation

Participants may send their questions to the address with the same email used to confirm the registration. Complete answers and clarifications will be made through the contest website and all contestants will have access. The list of questions and answers, along with the complete rules will be provided to the jury. The list of questions will be published on the website of Arquine on the date indicated on the calendar.

  1. Registration

To make your registration effective, you must provide a fee that will be given in two stages of registration:

First stage of registration

From October 5th to November 30th, 2021

$1,250 MXN Peso or $60 US Dollar (International registration)

Second stage of registration

From December 1st, 2021 till January 31st, 2022

$1,500 MXN Peso or $75 US Dollar (International registration)

Contestants will confirm their registration by the payment of the fee (only one payment). The amount depends on the stage of registration. There is no additional cost to the registration, since the entire process of participation and submission of proposals will be through the Internet.

  1. Methods for the contribution

To formalize the registration to the competition is necessary to make the payment (one payment) by means of a credit or debit card, via Paypal, Mercado Pago or another online payment system:


Introducing the bank account information:


Bank: BBVA Bancomer

Clave: 012180 001443769433


Referenced deposit (only in Mexico):

Paying in any bank:


Bank: BBVA Bancomer

Account: 0144376943

Once the contribution is made, the contestant must write an email sending an image of the deposit receipt or bank transfer. Later, the contestant will receive the registration key with which can create a user and access the system. The cost of the fee is per team and not per participant.

  1. Confirmation

Remember that you have to send the receipt to so you can get the confirmation with the user name and password to access the system (within a maximum period of 72 hours).

When accessing the system, you must edit and complete the data of your team and download all the complementary information that is provided for the development of the proposal. The electronic mail with which the registration is made must be of the person that appears as representative; this will be the only interlocutor throughout the development of the contest.

  1. Anonymity

The work will be presented under the code generated by the system in the registration process, this should be placed in the upper right box of the sheet and identify the file only with this code [ARQ-24C-XXXX]. All the proposals submitted after the deadline or those that violate the requirement of anonymity, will be automatically excluded.

  1. Documentation needed

A digital image with the entirety of the project. The board must contain all the necessary information to explain and understand the proposal. It is essential that the submitted image contains, at least, the following:

  • General plans and layouts of the project, including floor plans and sections, adequately scaled to ensure the comprehension of the plans.
  • Diagrams, views, sketches, renderings, or any other form of visual representation that will help explain the project.
  • Constructive details that are considered essential to explain the project.
  • A 250 word-long (max) descriptive text. Any text or description can only be delivered in either Spanish or English.

The image or board must comply with the following format: rectangular in shape, 90cm long and 60cm high (horizontal display), 72 dpi, and only .JPG will be accepted. The file must be no larger than 5MB in order to facilitate uploads and downloads.

Remember that the file name must be the same as the user code you will be given upon registration [ARQ-24C-XXXX]. Other formats won’t be accepted, and only the projects uploaded on time will be on the contest.

  1. Jury

The Jury members are the key to a good contest. Their experience and the method for evaluation are the best guarantee to ensure transparency. A record containing the reasoned opinion that substantiates the choice of the winning projects will be developed.

To this end, the jury will the reasons why they consider that the winning proposal is worthy of that rating and present a comparison with the proposals that occupy the 2nd and 3rd prize.

The jury may choose a winner that doesn’t follow the basis but has a solution that they consider superior.

Documents or comments generated at the plenary session of the jury will be published in the Arquine media.

  1. Composition of the jury *

It will be announced on October 30th.

* Subject to change.

  1. Jury functions

The jury will freely and autonomously select one proposal among all the projects delivered, which complies with the rules and guidelines established by these bases.

The jury may exclude the works for the following reasons:

  • Delivery outside or without complying with the provisions of the basis period.
  • Breach of anonymity, either because they revealed authorship by any means, either by presenting identification graphic elements of the identity of the author of the proposal.
  • Any attempt at communication or pressure the members of the jury, duly accredited.
  1. Procedure for failure

The jury will meet in a plenary session to evaluate the proposals and discuss to issue the verdict.

Prior to any consideration, they will proceed to the approval of the admission or rejection of proposals.

The jury agreed a selection procedure according to the quantity and quality of the proposals. In case of a tie, there will be a new discussion.

The competition results will be published on the website of Arquine the day indicated on the calendar of these bases.

All records and documents derived from the procedure for the decision are the property of Arquine.

The jury is forced to choose a winner.

Explanatory graphic documents of the prize-winning proposals, as well as the names of all contestants who have not requested anonymity will be disseminated through different Arquine media.

  1. Prizes

First Place:

  • Construction of the MEXTRÓPOLI2022 Pavilion*
  • $100,000.00 Mexican Pesos.
  • MEXTROPASE VIP for the team members (2**) and pack of books from Arquine.

Second Place:

  • $50,000.00 Mexican Pesos.
  • MEXTROPASE VIP for the team members (2**) and pack of books from Arquine.

Third Place:

  • $25,000.00 Mexican Pesos.
  • MEXTROPASE VIP for the team members (2**) and pack of books from Arquine.


The Jury can choose as many Mention projects as they consider.

  • Pack of books from Arquine

*The winning team will have to follow the progress of the work, providing Arquine the plans of the executive project for the construction of MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion and following up on its construction, through the channels agreed with the team Arquine.

  1. Calendar

October 1st, 2021                                                          Announcement

October 4th, 2021                                                         Registration process start

October 31st, 2021                                                       Jury members announcement

November 30th, 2021                                                    End of first registration stage

December 10th, 2021                                         End of FAQ period

December 13th, 2021                                                     FAQ publication

January 31st, 2022                                            End of registration process

January 10th, 2022                                           Proposal upload deadline

February 10th, 2022                                          Jury’s verdict

February 17th, 2022                                          Announcement of results

January 20th, 2020                                           Executive development of the project

February 28th, 2022                                          Executive project process starts

June 2022                                                        Construction process begins

September 2022                                               Installation and inauguration

  1. Publication

It is expressly stated that the proposals may be reproduced for diffusion by the contest organizers for any other purpose than the promotion.

Contestants that choose not to authorize the exhibition of his proposals (if they are not on the winning list) must expressly indicate it.

  1. Intellectual Property Rights

Contestants retain the intellectual property of the works presented, but will yield to the contest organizers exhibition rights, reproduction and publication and other corresponding to the object of the competition, who are obliged to spread the name of the author in each publication, exhibition or activity in which the proposal is incorporated. Also, the authors undertake to refer to the convener’s bodies of the contest in any subsequent publication in which your proposal appears. The submitted proposals may not be used for the development of projects by architects, engineers or technicians to different respective authors. The papers presented can be developed only within the framework of MEXTRÓPOLI 2022. In any case, remain in anonymity those not winning contestants who had applied. In case of publishing the built project, in other media, it should be mentioned that it arises from the Arquine No.24 Competition and carried out within the framework of MEXTRÓPOLI 2022.

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