The International Union of Architects has endorsed an urban regeneration project linking the Italian city of Gorizia with the Slovenian city, Nova Gorica, and creating a shared central area to be known as Europe Square – Piazzale Della Transalpina and the hub EPICenter. The single stage, combined project and ideas competition, will be conducted according to the UNESCO Regulations for international architecture design competitions, as an anonymous, open procedure.

As part of a campaign for the title of 2025 European Capital of Culture (ECoC), the Municipalities of Nova Gorica and Gorizia, under the umbrella of the EGTC GO and with the endorsement of the UIA, have organised a joint programme to celebrate and develop the economic and cultural infrastructure of this unique area in the centre of Europe, at the crossroads of tradition and modernity. The principal goal of the project is to unify the historically fragmented district in front of the railway station known as Europe Square / Piazza Transalpina, to improve the quality of life for its inhabitants and to foster economic development, tourism and investment. The estimated cost of the project is 7.500.000,00 Euros.

The competition is thus divided into two parts:

  • Area 1 – Project proposals for the design of Europe Square / Piazzale della Transalpina and the transcultural hub EPICenter
  • Area 2 – Ideas proposals for the remodelling of the border zones from Solkan/Salcano to Rožna dolina / Casa Rossa


The international jury includes Roger Riewe (Austria), Saša Randić (Croatia), Helle Juul (Denmark) UIA representative, Polona Filipič (Slovenia) and Giovanni Fraziano (Italy). Deputy jurors are Vojko Pavčič (Slovenia) and Nathalie Rozencwajg (United Kingdom), UIA alternate juror.


The total prize money for the competition is 48.000,00 EUR. The jury will allocate three prizes which will receive the following amounts:

1st prize 25.000 EUR

2nd prize 15.000 EUR

3rd prize 8.000 EUR

The jury may decide to award up to 3 honorary mentions to projects of special interest.


This competition is open to all architects of the world and all legal entities which are entitled to practise in their country of residence.


The official language of the competition is English.


25 FEBRUARY 2020: Launch, registration opens and documentation available here https://euro-go.eu/en/programmi-e-progetti/international-architecture-competiton-ecoc-2025/

19 MARCH - 2 APRIL 2020: Questions and Answer Period

6 APRIL 2020: Registration deadline

17 APRIL 2020: Deadline for Questions

22 JUNE 2020: Deadline for Submissions

1-4 JULY 2020: Entry Evaluation

8 JULY 2020: Announcement of results


For further information, see the competition website https://euro-go.eu/en/programmi-e-progetti/international-architecture-competiton-ecoc-2025/or contact the organisers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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