International Ideas Competition: The Design of the Surrounding Area of the Ancient Theatre A’ IN Larissa, Greece

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Region II - Eastern Europe and the Middle East | Greece

The Municipality of Larissa in Greece has launched an International Open Ideas Competition for the Design of the Surrounding Area of the Ancient Theatre A’ of Larissa. Participation is open to architects, or multidisciplinary teams consisting of at least one architect.


Keywords : Culture, Heritage, Urban Landscape

Theme and objectives

Competitors are invited to submit proposals for the transformation of an inactive ancient open-air theatre dating from the 3rd century BC into a point of reference and identity for the modern city of Larissa, the fourth-most populous urban center in Greece. The Ancient Theatre A’, the largest in Thessaly-Central Greece, built on the slope of Larissa’s Fortress hill, or “Frourio’’, the fortified citadel of the ancient city, for an audience capacity of 10 000. Following an almost complete recent excavation, the theatre will soon be fully functional.

Connecting it to the contemporary city and its landmarks will necessitate the redesigning of the surrounding area (approximately 42 hectares, or 420,000 m2). The renovation and redesign of the monument at the heart of Larissa, combined with the restoration of its functionality, will bring global recognition and visitors from around the world.

The competition is endorsed by the UIA and will be conducted according to the UNESCO Regulations and the UIA best practice recommendations.


The Competition is open to architects from all countries entitled to practice in their country of residence.

Due to the complexity and size of the competition site, multidisciplinary teams, including specialists in landscape, urban design and planning, archaeology, history, sociology, led by (an) architect(s), are encouraged.

Jury Members

Renato Rizzi, Chair (Italy)

Aristidis Sapounakis (Greece)

Deniz Incedayi (Turkey)

Rainer Mahlamäki (Finland)

Christian Sumi, UIA Representative (Switzerland)

Jacek Lenart, Deputy UIA Representative (Poland)

Key dates

20/09/2021Launch & registration opening
19/11/2021Registration ends
24/09/2021Questions Period
30/09/2021Questions Period ends
15/10/2021Answers posted
24/02/2022Submission Deadline
16/03/2022Jury Meeting
22/03/2022Winners announced


A total net amount of 63 000 Euros will be divided as follows between the winners selected by the International Jury:

1st prize                                   30.000 Euro

2nd prize                                   15 000 Euros

3rd prize                                    10 000 Euros

4th prize                                    5.000 Euros

5th prize                                    3 000 Euros

VAT will be paid in addition to the above fees.


Competition site

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Ancient theatre aerial

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