Bénéteau Foundation 2018 competition: Designing an innovative motor catamaran

In 2018, the Bénéteau Foundation is launching a new architectural competition on the theme of motor boats. Architectural school students must produce a design and innovative motor catamaran concept, as a group or individually.

Every year since 2013, the Bénéteau Foundation has launched an architecture and design competition archi, design, engineering or art school students. In groups or individually, students from all over Europe must produce a concept that responds to a theme that changes every year. In 2017, this theme focused on the design of a sailing catamaran, this year the competition consists of an innovative motor catamaran concept, by "taking into account the evolution, development of yachting and technological advances." Students have until October 14, 2018 to return their entries.

The brief

Environmental protection in use must be a design requirement for this vessel. However, it must have all the attributes of a pleasure boat for day trips, weekend trips or cruising. In this context, this boat is also a platform for games at anchor and while sailing.

This boat must have facilities that can accommodate 8 people on board and accommodate 4 people. The notions of design, creativity, on-board comfort, means of propulsion and innovation of on-board systems (energy, water and waste treatment) will be important criteria.

In order to encourage creativity, only the catamaran size is limited:

  • Maximum overall length 36 feet (11 m)
  • Maximum overall width of 14 feet (4.30 m)

How to participate?

Students must return a complete file after having read Groupe Bénéteau's website, in the Foundation section of the rules and brief.

A single PDF in French or English in A3 format in booklet form not exceeding 15 MB containing at least :

  • A text presenting the overall concept, accompanied by sketches
  • A description of the facilities
  • A plan showing the facilities of the bridge at 1/50
  • A plan showing the layout of the square at 1/50
  • A plan showing the layout of the hulls at 1/50
  • A longitudinal cut at 1/50
  • 1:50 cross section
  • Two views in perspective

How to win the prize?

The jury, composed of members of Groupe Bénéteau, architects, journalists and last year's winners, will select 3 entries based on the originality and creativity of the projects.

The allocations involved in the competition are as follows:

- A cheque for six thousand (6,000) euros for the first prize.

- A cheque for four thousand (4,000) euros for the second prize

- A cheque for two thousand (2,000) euros for the third prize

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