Design competition for “Cetățuia Hill” urban ensemble in Cluj-Napoca - Sveriges Arkitekter

The Order of Architects of Romania (OAR) announces the launch of the International Design Competition ”Cetățuia Hill Cluj-Napoca – Design competition for “Cetățuia Hill” urban ensemble in Cluj-Napoca”.

The Competition’s purpose is finding the best solution for redesigning the lands within the “Cetățuia” urban ensemble in the property of the Cluj-Napoca Municipality, as a start to capitalizing the entire urban ensemble and integrating it in the larger leisure system of the city.

Cluj-Napoca City Hall taking over the land which is the object of this competition represents the first steps in integrating Cetățuia in the category of public spaces of great public interest. The Competition Promoter’s wish is that the entire area will become a high quality public space, a place favoured for outdoor events, a representative space with a powerful identity for the entire city and a place which is used in its entirety by citizens and visitors alike, altogether maintaining the landscape character of the southern versant, the natural atmosphere of the rocky and forest-covered headland. The southern versant is considered to be the landmark of the city, also known as the “city at the foot of Cetățuia”.

The Competition promoter is the Cluj-Napoca City Hall, the owner and administrator of the public spaces that are the object of the investments, which shall become the beneficiary of the contract resulted from this competition.

The Competition organser is the Order of Architects of Romania (OAR), a professional organization with the mission of increasing the quality of the architectural-urban planning product and promoting this service to the society as a public interest culture act.

The assignment procedure shall be carried out by means of the Design Competition, which is carried out in one phase, whose finality is the assignment of the design contract for this objective, opened for Romania, the countries of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation.

The Competition is organized in accordance with the Competition Rules of the International Union of Architects – UIA – and the provisions of the International Regulations for architecture and urban design Competitions, adopted at the General Conference of UNESCO in 1956, as revised on November 27, 1978, in compliance with the legal provisions in force regarding the award of public procurement contracts.


  • First prize: the design contract with an estimated value of RON 1 476 149, no VAT included
  • Second prize: RON 70 000
  • Third prize: RON 45 000

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