SAFARI

Zimbabwe 2017

Welcome to our 8th international ideas and design competition. For this challenge, we invite you to take an architectural safari into one of the wildest, most exciting and beautiful unique corners of Southern Africa: UNESCO’s Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe. In Swahili, the word ‘safari’ means journey, and this is exactly where we want to take you through our competition: a journey into the romance and adventure of the wild, into the customs, local rituals and the beating heart of Africa through your senses. The outcome of this journey? A new super sensory safari lodge concept the likes of which the world has never seen before, nestled in the heart of Matobo’s granite rock formations and mysterious ancient rock paintings. Are you ready to take a safari with us?

This competition is run in partnership with award winning safari company African Bush Camps. Their world famous lodges are located in some the most fascinating, wild and remote landscapes found in Southern Africa, from Zimbabwe to Botswana and Zambia. Now, they are looking to expand into Matobo and are looking to you for inspiration. The winning team will win a week long super sensory safari compliments of African Bush Camps and get to experience the adventure of exploring the exhilarating Zimbabwean landscape with some of the worlds best guides.

Matobo National Park is a small biosphere pocket south of Zimbabwe's second largest city Bulawayo. It's famous for its undulating hills riddled with monolithic granite boulders which hold within them fascinating and mysterious caves filled with ancient Bushmen rock paintings. The park is also a sanctuary for the endangered Black and White Rhino population and is, therefore, a key hub in the conservation efforts of this rare animal. Aside from the rhinos, the park is home to a whole variety of African wildlife. All in all, this makes Matobo a magical safari location to dive deep into the natural and cultural wonders this country has to offer.

We are looking for proposals for a new safari lodge. One which blends traditional safari activities with new ones linked with culture, tradition and conservation, and one which allows the visitor to experience its unique context fully. We are looking for a super sensory safari lodge, the first one in the world, which uses design as a pivotal part of the experience. How can architecture become a mechanism for experiencing the adventure, magic and romance of a safari in Matobo? You decide.

This competition is also run to raise awareness of African Bush Camps Foundation, a charity which our safari partners run in parallel to their ventures in support of local culture, education and conservation.



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Awards:

There are some amazing prizes at stake!

Winner

A Safari Adventure for Two! *

The winning team will win two safari places on African Bush Camps’ incredible Super Sensory Safari, which takes place around the magical UNESCO Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, and is worth a staggering $8,000! In addition, winners will be added to Eleven’s Hall of Fame.

Runner-Up

£400

In addition to the cash prize, the runner up team will win a copy of African Bush Camps’ new limited edition Safari book (one per team).

Honourable Mentions

X6

No cash prize (boo!) but lots of glory nonetheless (yay!).

Peoples' Choice

£100

This category is voted by the general public online. In addition to the cash prize, the People’s Choice team will win a copy of African Bush Camps’ new limited edition Safari book (one per team).

All awarded entries will be given a free voucher to enter one of Eleven’s future competitions (one voucher per team) and will be featured in Issue no.4 of Eleven’s monthly magazine in March 2018.

* Please Note: Winners will have the choice of attending either the April (9-15 April 2018) or the June (8-14 June 2018) slot. All internal transfers to and from the Safari camp, accommodation, food, drink, and safari activities are included in the package courtesy of our competition partners African Bush Camps. Flights to and from Zimbabwe are not included and are not part of the prize. Two spaces per team, not per person.

Jury:

Meet our panel of world class experts and fellow designers:

derek

Derek Solomon

Animal Behaviour and Communication Specialist / Author / Private Guide

derek

Derek Solomon

Animal Behaviour and Communication Specialist / Author / Private Guide

rob

Rob Janisch

Biomimicry and Genius of Nature Guru / Private Guide

rob

Rob Janisch

Biomimicry and Genius of Nature Guru / Private Guide

chris

Chris Browne

Owner, Fox Browne Creative

chris

Chris Browne

Owner, Fox Browne Creative

debra

Debra Fox

Owner, Fox Browne Creative

debra

Debra Fox

Owner, Fox Browne Creative

charlene

Charlene Hewat

CEO, Environment Africa

charlene

Charlene Hewat

CEO, Environment Africa

beks

Beks Ndlovu

CEO, African Bush Camps

beks

Beks Ndlovu

CEO, African Bush Camps

eloise

Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

eloise

Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

andrea

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

andrea

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

But there is more... The general public will also have a chance to vote for their favourite entry while the jury deliberates behind the scenes. The project with the most public votes will win the People's Choice Award.

Competition Timeline:

  • 11 September 2017: Competition Opens! Early Bird discounted fee applies.
  • 1 October: Early Bird discounted fee ends. Standard Registration fee applies
  • 1 January 2018: Standard Registration fee ends. Late fee applies.
  • 11 January @ 11AM (UK Time): Competition closes. All entries are due for submission!
  • 13 January: Public voting opens online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 10 March @ 11AM (UK Time): Public voting closes online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 11 March: Winners and awarded entries are announced. Time to celebrate!

Registration Fees:

Early Bird: £60 per team
Standard: £80 per team
Late Bloomer: £100 per team

Registration Requirements:

Open to students and/or professionals competing as individuals or as teams of up to two people.

Submission Requirements:

Two horizontal A1 sheets and 500 words explanatory text per team. Physical models are optional but encouraged.

Accessing the Full Brief:

This is a condensed synopsis of the competition brief. A full competition brief will be provided in PDF format after registration.

F.A.Q:

  • Q1: Who can register?
  • A1: Anyone is welcome to register, be it students and professionals alike.
  • Q2: How many people are allowed per team?
  • A2: A maximum of two people are allowed per team.
  • Q3: How many projects can one team submit? 
  • A3: There is one project per entry required. Teams who wish to compete with multiple designs can register their team multiple times.
  • Q4: Where can I access the full brief? 
  • A4: A full PDF brief, containing all of the competition materials and detailed information, will be accessible once you register for the competition. If you have any questions about the brief or the competition prior to entering, please email a member of our team on info@eleven-magazine.com. Be sure to put ‘SAFARI’ as the subject line the email so that we can prioritise your response and get to you quicker.
  • Q5: When do we have to give you the names of all the members of the team? Before or after the payment of the fee?
  • A5: After. You can add/remove/update your team members through your competition portal, which you will gain access to after you register. You will be able to amend this until the day you submit your project.
  • Q6: How do I submit my work?
  • A6: Online through your competition portal, which you get access to once you register. More information about submission criteria is found in the competition brief which you will be able to download once you register… so don’t leave your registration to the last minute!
  • Q7: How do I register for the competition?
  • A7: Simply click on ‘REGISTER’ and follow the instructions. Please note that you will have to have an account with Eleven before you register, but this takes 2 minutes to do and is 100% FREE. We value our user community and your privacy. All account details are strictly confidential to Eleven.
  • Q8: What forms of payment do you accept?
  • A8: You can either pay directly with your PayPal account or with your Credit/Debit card. This will give you instant access. Alternatively, we also accept Bank Transfers, but in this case, your registration will be activated as soon as payments clear in our account only. This may take 5-7 days from when you instruct your bank, so if you are planning to pay via Bank Transfer, please leave yourself plenty of time.
  • Q9: Are there any discounts for multiple teams entering the competition?
  • A9: Yes, there are! If you are a practice, an academic institution or a university who wishes to enter multiple teams in the competition, then please email us in regards on info@eleven-magazine.com for more information. Be sure to put ‘SAFARI’ as the subject line the email so that we can prioritise your response and get to you quicker.
  • Q10: Are international flights to and from Zimbabwe included in the winner’s prize?
  • A10: No. Winners will have to make their own arrangements to get to and from Zimbabwe at their own expense. There, they will meet with the ABC team and begin their once in a lifetime Safari. During the safari, all internal transportation (by air, land and water), food, drink, accommodation, safari activities and outings will be complimentary as part of the Super Sensory Safari, courtesy of African Bush Camps.

How can we help?

Need any help or wish to enter as an academic institution with multiple teams? Then please get in touch. Email Us