Wellcome’s ‘architectural commission’ open call on health and places: Deadline 2 Feb

Wellcome website 120118Wellcome invites proposals from architects, engineers, designers and artists for the construction of a 1:1 architectural project that addresses a key issue in human health today: deadline 2 February and with successful applications receiving a £500 fee to develop proposals for presentation to be held w/c 19 February 2018. 

Wellcome writes:

In October 2018 Wellcome Collection will open a major exhibition exploring the pivotal role of architecture in human health. The exhibition Living with Buildings will chart how shifts in thinking and approaches to design have impacted on our health and wellbeing. From the bold experiments of urban post-war town planners to the considerately crafted healing spaces for cancer sufferers the exhibition will look anew at the buildings that surround and shape us. The exhibition will take place in the ground floor gallery at Wellcome Collection from 04 October until 03 March 2019.

Alongside the exhibition, Wellcome invites proposals from architects, engineers, designers and artists for the construction of a 1:1 architectural project that addresses a key issue in human health today. This 1:1 commission will be revealed as a ‘live build’ in our first floor gallery, as the main exhibition opens w/c 01 October. After the live build, the installation will be open to the public.

There is a commissioning fee of £7,500 (inc. VAT) to be awarded to the winning entry and a build budget of £60,000 (inc. VAT).

At the end of this page, you can download a PDF that includes all of the information outlined here, as well as gallery plans and elevations, site information and inclusive exhibition design guidelines to inform your submission.

About Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health, life and our place in the world. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, Wellcome Collection creates opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection makes thought-provoking content that encourages everyone to reflect on what it means to be human…

The brief

  • A current concern relating to health should be at the forefront of the commission concept. This issue could include, but is not limited to: climate change; pollution; dementia; infectious disease; obesity and shelter housing.
  • The commission should form part of an already developed wider research project related to a health concern addressed by the design. There will also be opportunities to display background research and concepts alongside the structure.

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