The Legendary Highway 14 Tower Design Competition invites individuals and teams to De Smet, South Dakota, to showcase their creativity and skills in architecture and design. Here’s an opportunity to leave a mark in the rich tapestry of this region.
Participants will focus on designing an observation tower and landscape features that not only fit the natural and historical context of the area but also elevate the visitor experience. The site, positioned at the north edge of the Big Slough transitioning to Silver Lake, serves as an inspiration canvas for innovation.
The core objectives are clear: focus on the user experience, ensure accessibility and safety, uphold sustainability, and aim to boost local and regional tourism. Every design should not just exist in the space but should enhance and complement the natural and historical essence of the area.
Joining this competition means contributing to the Legendary Highway 14 Tower Trail project. It’s more than a contest; it’s a chance to be part of a community and regional development. The winning design is expected to be a blend of aesthetic appeal and functional innovation, and there’s potential for the design to be brought to life, changing the landscape of South Dakota.
Download full competition brief for more information!
Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.
The full competition brief
The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.
- SITE CAD & PDF
- PHOTO & VIDEO
6 Honourable mentions & certificates
Buildner will acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.
The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:
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Results published on buildner.com - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.
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Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).
Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.
The competition winners will be granted an opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on Buildner's website and social networks.
The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.
Key datesSend reminders
3 November 2023
9 November 2023
In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
No new questions will be answered after this deadline.
8 December 2023
16 February 2024
Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified.
All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time. All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]
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