The biannual prize seeks to encourage innovative and visionary architectural concepts that explore new models of living and strategies for inhabiting an urban context over a broad expanse of 30 years. Reflecting processes of change, Superscape opens a creative space for unconventional ideas meant to deliver new impulses to real-life architectural output and urban development.
The urgency of the climate crisis, which is being felt globally, is the starting point for a broad process of rethinking that has also taken hold in the construction industry. The long-term protection of the environment and climate, not least as a qualitative habitat for humans and animals, is one of the most urgent goals of modern architecture.
In the context of digital networking, social sustainability, smart cities and climate care, it is important to explore innovative potentials and problem solutions of architecture as well as to dare visionary views of the future and design experiments that address future challenges of urban space in the year 2050.
Eligible candidates must have at least a degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or design from a university or academy. Multi-disciplinary teams are eligible, provided they have at least one member which fulfils these criteria. The first phase of the architectural competition is an anonymous, open process. After the expert jury has nominated the shortlist (max. six projects), the individual protagonists will be invited to a non-anonymous process, during which the project sketches are to be elaborated further.
All materials can be submitted in German or English.
You can find detailed information regarding the terms of submission here.
End of submission Phase 1: March 14, 2022
€ 10.000,- for the winning project,
€ 2.000,- for each finalised shortlist project
The sphere of activity of architects has steadily grown in recent decades. The profession is faced with an ever wider range of responsibilities, which reach far beyond spatial, functional and purely aesthetic issues. International protest movements (e.g. Fridays for Future) have led to a recognition of the urgent need to address the climate crisis, which can be felt everywhere. Climate protection is the starting point for a broad rethink that is involving every area of life and, in particular, every sector of the economy.
The built environment and, above all, the building industry, can create new momentum here. Natural cycles must be incorporated into architecture in line with the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and the lifecycles of buildings must be considered from the ecological, economic and social perspectives. Hence, the long-term protection of the environment and the climate, not least as a high-quality habitat for humans and animals, is one of the most urgent objectives of modern architecture.
At the same time, the urban population and the need for living space are growing, while the demands that residents place on this living space are being influenced by factors such as digitalisation, automation, mobility and our ageing society. In the context of digital networking, social sustainability, smart cities and climate care, we must investigate the innovative potential and problem-solving capacity of architecture and adopt visionary perspectives and experimental design approaches that address the challenges of the urban realm in 2050.
Detailed information on the eligibility requirements, the application procedure and other relevant points can be found in the Call for Entries for Superscape 2022.
Eligible candidates must have at least a degree (e.g. Bachelor degree, Dipl. Ing.) in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or design from a university or academy. Multi-disciplinary teams are eligible, provided they have at least one member which fulfils these criteria.
During the first application period, the participants are asked to submit short, concise concept sketches containing visionary ideas on the focus theme of Superscape 2022. The first meeting of the expert jury will take place immediately after the end of the application period, and the nominations for the shortlist will then be announced.
Application materials are to be submitted by March 14, 2020, 4pm CET digitally and completely as pdf or collated into one file and using a file hosting service (e.g. WeTransfer) with the reference "Submission Superscape 2022".
Submissions via a file hosting service/email must be sent to the following email address:
The teams and participants on the shortlist will be invited to elaborate on their concepts by the end of August 2020 and to submit them by that date to the organisers of Superscape 2022. During a second jury meeting, the winner of Superscape 2022 will be chosen; the winner will be announced in October 2022.
Since the last edition of Superscape, the prize has been offered as a joint project of the private developer JP Immobilien and the non-profit developer WBV-GPA Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatangestellte. Both are developing not only residential areas, but also living spaces. As such, they are keen to support social, cultural and environmental concerns as part of their corporate responsibility. Since architecture and urban planning always intervene in the social environment, it is important to contribute to a sustainable discourse in the field of tension between architecture, its actors, residents and designers. Thus, Superscape mainly focuses on establishing a long-term workshop of ideas and pro-viding visionary concepts that deliver impulses for today’s projects.
Population growth, increasing urbanisation and social change pose new challenges for architecture and urban planning. Reflecting these processes of change, Superscape opens a creative space for unconventional ideas meant to deliver new impulses to real-life architectural output and urban development. The biennial prize seeks to encourage innovative and visionary architectural concepts that explore new models of living and strategies for inhabiting an urban context over a broad expanse of 30 years. Superscape is being awarded for the fifth time already and is offered as a joint project by the private developers, JP Immobilien, and the non-profit developers, WBV-GPA Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatan-gestellte.