"Port of Cultures" will become a new city attraction, the value of which goes beyond the city of Mariupol, so we expect the winning architectural concept
will be a prime example of modern architecture.
The architectural concepts of Port of Cultures should include spatial elements that would address the history of the building in an original way, aiming to provoke a discussion about the contemporary heritage.
Understanding that the competition site is limited in size but ambitious in its programming, we will appraise architectural solutions that are flexible and transformable, as well as functional in order to accommodate different activities within the same space by modifying slightly the spatial elements, be it modular space divisions, pop-up stage, hanging structures. New ecological design and technological solutions are encouraged.

The goal of Competition is to create an architectural idea for the new urban center, Port of Cultures, and to establish a partnership with the winning team of architects or the author for the further project development in collaboration with the team of the center, municipality stakeholders and interested locals.

This is an anonymous, one stage competition of ideas. A pre-selected jury will select the winning proposal.

The competition proposals should be submitted in English or Ukrainian (Russian) language.

For all Competition related inquiries, please, get in touch with the Competition Organizer at
The Timing
December 27, 2019
December 27, 2019
Competition start
January 31,
January 31,
Deadline for questions and answers
March 8, 2020
March 8, 2020
Deadline for submitting applications for participation in the competition
April 7, 2020
April 7, 2020
Winner Announcement
Competition Jury
Vadim Boychenko
Mayor of Mariupol
Transportation Engineer, Master of Business Administration. He went from being an expert on personnel and motivation to the head of the department of personnel management of LLC "Metinvest Holding". He held the position of Director for Human Resources and Social Affairs at PJSC MMPI.
Janusz Marszalec
Historian and Doctor of Arts
Historian and Doctor of Arts, specializing in the recent history of Poland. He worked at the Institute of National Remembrance, also he was the deputy director of the Museum of World War II in the city of Gdansk. He currently holds the position of Deputy Director of the Museum of the City of Gdansk.
Romea Mury
Architect, researcher and teacher
She took part in the program "Architecture of Ukraine", organized by "Isolation" in Mariupol, in 2015, after which her work represented Ukraine at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. She is a co-founder of Locument Studios, established in 2015. Currently Romea is the Program Director of Creatings Homes for Tommorrow at CANactions School in Kiev. She was a teacher at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Romea has a rich portfolio of architectural solutions and works in award-winning architectural practices - OMA, BIG, REX, EFFEKT, COBE, JDS.
Andrew Schular
Licensed architect, researcher and co-founder of Urban Curators
Licensed architect, researcher and co-founder of Urban Curators - an award winning interdisciplinary agency working in the realm of architecture, urban design and research.
His experience ranges from architectural design to urban research, from city administration to public activism, including project management for the Cities of Lviv and Kyiv, and researching at the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe (Lviv, UA), and teaching in the Institute of Architecture at the National Lviv Polytechnic University. One of his primary concerns is urban rehabilitation in the Eastern Ukrainian cities which suffered from the military conflict.
Mariupol citizens
Residents of the city of Mariupol are also honorary members of the jury and can vote for their favorite work.
The criteria for the evaluation
of the proposed architectural solutions in terms of the function, form and materiality.
Sensitivity and relevance
to the local urban context, and the value it will add to the cityscape of Mariupol.
Spatial organization of the space
- how flexible, transformable and functional architectural solutions will be within the limited construction area.
Successful interpretation
of the historical perspective of the building, and it's importance in the collective memory of Mariupol citizens.
to become a landmark and a symbol of Mariupol.
and feasibility
Ukraine, 87555, Mariupol, Mira Avenue, 70
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