Paris Riverside Restaurant Competition 2017, archasm Design Contest France

Paris Riverside Restaurant Architecture Competition News

archasm Architecture Contest located in the French capital: Parisian Dining Venue

19 Nov 2017

Paris Riverside Restaurant Architecture Competition Winners

Paris Riverside Restaurant Design Contest Winners

Min Cui, Teng Xing (China)

Paris Riverside Restaurant Architecture Competition Winner

A powerful concept executed using carefully set levels, simple planes and hard reflective materials. The vulnerability of the flooding water creates an interesting tension. Instead of fearing the floods the building design seeks to welcome them.
-Adrian Welch

Paris Riverside Restaurant Architecture Competition Winning design

Paris Riverside Restaurant Competition Winning design

Paris Riverside Restaurant Design Competition Winner

Paris Riverside Restaurant Design Competition 1st Prize

The proposal, with a very simple scheme and a minimalist building, emphasizes the presence of the Seine letting it entering in the restaurant. Through the references of Frédéric Soulacroix’s and Vittorio Reggianini’s painted scenes, its goal is to bring into this place not only the world famous French cuisine, but as well the world famous ‘art de vivre à la française’, heritage of the French Revolution: Romanticism, the hedonism, the freedom, the equality, the fraternity, the democracy…
-Laurent Gravier

Tony Ip, Cheuk Ming Cheung, Lap Shing Sy (Hong Kong)

Paris Riverside Restaurant Contest 2nd Prize

A low carbon footprint design using an Aeroponic Growing System – Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. The two-level building sets a circular arrangement of sustainable food racks above a restaurant, creating a short farm-to-table route. The building is functional and has little architectural play, focused instead on the simple functional programme.
-Adrian Welch

Paris Riverside Restaurant Competition 2nd Prize

Paris Riverside Restaurant Design Competition 2nd Prize

The proposal focuses on the potential of production and consuming on the same place by designing a network of specialised urban farm-restaurants on different sites along the Seine. Very realistic and as well very abstract, focusing on the future of the city, this design articulates in a very sensitive way the two components of the project by offering a promenade through the urban farm to reach the restaurant.
-Laurent Gravier

Minh Phuc Nguyen, Linh Phuong Phan, Son Cong Trinh (Vietnam)

Paris Riverside Restaurant Architectural Competition 3rd Prize

A joyful entry based on three rectilinear volumes coloured blue, white, and red, evoking the French Tricolour, set below a voluminous cloud of white balloons above. Much of the dining terrace drops down from the shore and out into the river.
-Adrian Welch

Paris Riverside Restaurant Architecture Competition 3rd Prize

Paris Riverside Restaurant Design Competition 3rd Prize

Paris Riverside Restaurant Competition 3rd Prize

Paris Riverside Restaurant Contest 3rd Prize

The design proposes a cloud composed by ETFE balloons, symbolising the parisian dreamers, floating above a full-glazed restaurant comprising three closed volumes. At the first sight, the proposal looks naive and like a cliché with the French flag 3-colours, but it carries strong symbols from the past and it reminds the ‘guinguettes’ along the Seine and the Marne rivers : Paris est une fête.
-Laurent Gravier

17 Jun 2017

Paris Riverside Restaurant Architecture Competition 2017

2017 Paris Riverside Restaurant Design Competition

Competition Organiser: Archasm

Type of Competition: Open for all (Architects and students), Idea based, Interdisciplinary


Paris and the entire country of France is world-famous for its cuisine, with a non-exhaustive list of delicacies and culinary systems. The culinary reputation of Paris is very rich, cultured and diverse. French food culture, according to UNESCO, is important for ‘bringing people together to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking’ and the power to create ‘togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature’.

Paris Riverside Restaurant Architecture Competition

French food culture includes such wonders as the croissant, éclair, bouillon, crepe, and, of course, the baguette. Wine (there are as many types of wines as there are regions in France), bread (usually eaten in some form with each meal) and cheese (there are over 400 types of cheese in France made from all types of milk, including goat) are the staples of French food culture and French life.

The word and idea of a restaurant, which really came into modern times at the end of the French Revolution when the nouveau riche (newly rich) had more money to spend, come from French. From cafes to bistros, the world owes a lot to the French for the commercialization of specialty foods and making them available to the public. The first Parisian restaurant was founded by Beauvilliers in 1782 in the Rue de Richelieu, called the Grande Taverne de Londres. He introduced the novelty of listing the dishes available on a menu and serving them at small individual tables.”

Following the revolution, the abolition of the guild system made it easier to open restaurants. Also, since so many aristocrats fled or were executed, their former cooks and servants found new employment and Paris became the center of the new restaurant scene, which, to some degree, it remains today.

The aim of this architecture competition is to design a new 21st century restaurant and wine bar on the promenade along the River Seine in Paris. The restaurant should be unique and innovative in all respects and should invent new ways to provide an overall sensory experience to the customers. The restaurant should experiment with unique materials, volumetric compositions layout systems and other transitional spaces to make it a new prototype and exemplary typology that will become an active gastronomical hub in the heart of the French capital. The participants should:

Create an architectural icon along the River Seine, that will become a popular destination for the residents and everyone who visits the city. The participants must consider the attributes of light, color, materiality, aesthetic quality that will add a sense of identity to the restaurant, eventually creating a landmark along the picturesque context of River Seine. The participants are free to create their own design language, ranging from contemporary to traditional but should be able to merge the shell with the existing context in a respectful and additive fashion.

Create an experience within a restaurant shell that adds to the programmed interior space. The participants must try to create a wholesome experience for the end user rather than just a self-referential interior space. The participants are free to design a thematic or a generic interior environment but it should have an immersive effect on the customers, stimulating their sensory experience.

Maximize the use of the waterfront context and the promenade into the architectural concept for the restaurant. The participants are required to use the unique nature of the site into their design proposal and architectural built form. The participants can use the water element and picturesque surroundings and develop the restaurant as an open, semi-open seating zone. The quai or the dock-promenade can be used as an extension of the restaurant and cultured into a social and leisure zone.


• Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st July 2017
• Early Registration ends: 31st August 2017
• Standard Registration starts: 1st September 2017
• Deadline for Questions: 10th September 2017
• Standard Registration ends: 30th September 2017
• Closing day for Submissions 30th September 2017
• Announcement of Winners: 24th October 2017

*Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm – 00:00 IST (India).


Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:
First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate
Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate
Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate
10 Honorable mentions
Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.

Early Registration:
From 1st July 2017 to 31st August 2017
• For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team)
• For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)

Standard Registration:

From 1st September 2017 to 30th September 2017

• For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
• For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)
Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website


Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.
Send us the following details at [email protected] to avail the offer.
• Names of all the participating teams members and their respective team leaders.
• Name of the university.
• School ID proofs of the team leaders.

It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once validated.


• Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
• Team code is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition.
• The official language of the competition is English.
• The registration fee is non-refundable.
• Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
• archasm as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.

Terms and Conditions

Please see the terms and conditions section on

Competition project disclaimer
This is an open international competition hosted by archasm to generate progressive design ideas. There are no plans for the riverside restaurant to be built. The competition is organized for education purpose only.

Other details

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Location: Paris, France

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• Cedric Petitdidier – Partner, Petitididier-Prioux Architectes, Paris
• Adrian Welch – Chief Editor, e-architect, London
• Raphael Bouchemousse – Director, ID-WAD, Paris

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