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Antonio Bazán, manager of DEI-HOMES, president of DOM3, Laura Pou and the mayor of Estepona, José Mª García Urbano

The III International Architecture Award DOM3 Prize will show the development of one of the best plots in Estepona

The third edition of this international contest aims to create a high-quality homes on a plot of more than 10,000 square meters in the area of ​​La Cala in Estepona.

García Urbano thanked DOM3, the Association of Entrepreneurs for High Quality Homes for choosing Estepona for the celebration of the III International Architecture Award DOM3 PRIZE

The prize of € 60,000 will be received by the architect or team of architects that wins the contest. In addition, as in the previous editions, the category of Superior Architecture for students including both Spanish and foreign students, was also announced. The winner of this category will receive a check for € 3,000.

The main sponsor of the III DOM3PRIZE is Dei Homes, a real estate group that puts at the disposal of the contest a plot with an area of ​​more than 3,000 square meters and a built area of ​​more than 10,000 square meters, located on the seafront in the area of La Cala in Estepona. The object of the contest on this occasion will be the development of high quality apartments.

The period for registration and presentation of the works will remain open until May 16 at 2:00 p.m., so that the aspiring projects can be delivered in the place designated by the Association DOM3. Those interested can consult all the information on the bases, terms and other technical details on the web www.dome3.es. The jury's decision will be made public on June 14, 2018 during a gala dinner to which the finalists will be invited.

The president of DOM3, Laura Pou, thanked DEI-HOMES for the trust given by them and for offering the association one of the last remaining plots of these characteristics that can be found along the coast of Marbella and Estepona, to develop for the contest. This exceptional location, added the president, will undoubtedly attract more participants. Pou recalled that the first edition of DOM3PRIZE, held in 2014, was aimed at the construction of a villa in La Zagaleta, the DOM3PRIZE 2016 edition was the development of a plot in the Santa Clara area of ​​Marbella, "so it was a priority for the DOM3 Association that in this edition the contest will take place in Estepona, a city that is part of the ‘Golden triangle’ and area of ​​activity of the entrepreneurs that make up the DOM3 Association and which is formed by Marbella, Benahavis and Estepona. " For his part, the head of DEI-Homes, Antonio Bazán, thanked the DOM3 Association for allowing them to make available the III International Architecture Prize DOM3PRIZE for the plot for the development for the contest as well as being the main sponsors, which he described as " a great opportunity to start the company, as the prize has become a meeting point for architecture of the highest international standard, having passed through it in its different editions more than 300 professional architects and teams from around thirty different nationalities "He commented.

La presidenta de DOM3 Laura Pou junto al alcalde de Estepona José Mª Gª Urbano y el gerente de DEI Homes Antonio BazánThe president of DOM3, Laura Pou, together with the mayor of Estepona, José Mª Gª Urbano and the manager of DEI-Homes, Antonio Bazán

The mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, praised the work carried out by the Association of Entrepreneurs for Housing High Quality DOM3, for defending and promoting residential tourism and thanked them for having chosen Estepona the place for the development of the third edition of DOM3PRIZE.   Once again the support and collaboration of companies that trust in the association and contribute to the celebration of this International Architecture Competition, as is the case of HITACHI, a company of global solutions for air conditioning, Puya, specialists in bathroom and cooking, which again with Villeroy and Boch are part of the sponsors' list, as well as the engineering company BIRKIGT, Bronze Sponsor of this edition, as well as INKO Cocinas and the collaborator Schneider Electric.

A group of companies committed to excellence and quality

DOM3, Association of Entrepreneurs for High Quality Housing, is a collective composed of thirty companies related to the design, promotion, construction and marketing of high-end homes, located in Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís. The objective of the entrepreneurs associated with DOM3 is to create initiatives that promote the improvement of the competitiveness of the companies in the sector and influence public administrations so that quality, in the broadest sense of the word, is the engine of the industry in area.

Image of the sign that has already been installed in the plot object of the contest DOM3 PRIZE 2018

The association DOM3 selects a plot along the beachfront in Estepona for the III DOM3 International Architecture Prize 2018

Contestants of the present DOM3 PRIZE edition must develop a building under all the parameters of high-end quality housing with more than 9,000 square meters of buildability.

The Association of Businesses for High Quality Housing DOM3 will present the rules officially on March 8, in Estepona.

The finalist plot is a piece of land of over 3,000 square meters and a building area of more than 9,000 square meters located on the beach front by the entrance of the urban center of Estepona, in the area of La Cala. An ideal location to develop the object of DOM3 PRIZE 2018 International Architecture Prize, which in this edition will focus on the construction of a high-end apartment building.

The plot "is one of the last ones of such nature available on the Costa del Sol", explains the president of the Association DOM3, the landscape  specialist Laura Pou, who has advanced that all the technical information and the opening of registrations to participate in this contest will take place officially next March 8.

For this purpose, DOM3 is organizing an event that will take place at the facilities of the Orchidarium of Estepona, where all the details of the call will be announced.

Pou points out that it was a challenge to offer contestants an original contest object different from what has been done so far.  Thus, if in its first edition, the DOM3 PRIZE focused on a villa in La Zagaleta, (Benahavis), the second edition held in 2016 proposed the development of a master plan in the area of Santa Clara, (Marbella). In this third edition, the aim was to provide another vision of high-end quality housing focused on a first-class building in Estepona. "With this, we fulfil the objective that we set out from the constitution of DOM3 as it is to promote what we ourselves call a "DOM3  AREA" comprised by the municipalities of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis", adds the president of DOM3.

A competition of international impact

This new edition of the DOM3 PRIZE 2018 International Architecture Prize aims to continue increasing the prestige of this event. Previous editions welcomed the participation of more than 300 architecture studios or teams from around the world of over 30 different nationalities.

In this edition, the architect or team of architects creating the winning project will be part of the future team that will carry out the construction of the contest object. For the president of DOM3, this has been significant goal of the association to satisfy the wishes expressed by many of the contestants from previous editions.  In addition, the financial amount to be awarded as first prize will be superior to that offered in previous editions.

According to the planning proposed by DOM3 for the development of the III DOM3 PRIZE International Architecture Prize, after the presentation of the contest rules on March 8 and its dissemination to all professionals in the sector, public administrations and universities, the call will be officially open.  The presentation of works, according to the roadmap marked, will probably conclude in the last weeks of May 2018, since the awards ceremony is scheduled for mid-June 2018.

A group of companies committed to quality and honesty in construction

DOM3, Association of Businesses for High Quality Housing, is a group composed by thirty companies related to the design, promotion, construction and marketing of high-end homes, located mainly in Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís. The objective of the entrepreneurs associated with DOM3 is to create initiatives that promote the improvement of the competitiveness of the companies in this field and influence public administrations so that quality, in the broadest sense of the word, is the engine of the industry in the area.

In this way, DOM3 encourages honesty as a principle in the professional activity of each and every one of its associates.  For the members of the DOM3 Association, it is important to highlight and show administrations that they must be vigilant so that in the good times of the field, such as those that are beginning to be experienced again at present, Costa del Sol maintains a clean and safe area for investors or foreign citizens who chose to have their second home in the area and can do so safely.

Companies associated to DOM3 in 2018, following the admission of new participants, are the architects: Alejandro Giménez, Rodolfo Baldrich, Ernesto Palanco, González & Jacobson, Guillén & Asociados, Juan Salvador Shvartzberg, developers such as B. Solís, Gesmacon and Jamena, furniture, pergolas, kitchen and design companies in general such as Acoola, Ankara, Bulthaup Marbella, Fernando Moreno, La Albaida, P & S Interior, Puya, engineering, installation and light companies such as AMC Projects, Illusion, Proinsermant, landscapers like Laura Pou, solicitors JCA Abogados, Mora Abogados and Pérez de Vargas Abogados, carpentry companies such as Quero and Román and real estate agencies such as CEF Property Consultant, Diana Morales Properties, Nevado Realty, Project Management Rees-Rees and Sierra Blanca Estates, in addition to the photographer Charly Simon.

The president of DOM3, Laura Pou, together with Architects Rafael de la Hoz, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Antonio Cruz and Juan de Gavilanes, members of the final Jury of the DOM3 PRIZE 2016.

The Association of Businessmen for High Quality Homes (DOM3) starts the organization of the III International Architecture Award DOM3 Prize

The plot where the contest construction project will be developed is located within the Estepona municipality, reaching the objective of promoting DOM3 area, which includes Marbella, Estepona, and Benahavís.

In this third edition of the DOM3 PRIZE the contest winner will be included in the team in charge of final execution of the construction project.

The objective of the DOM3 PRIZE first edition was to build a villa in La Zagaleta, Benahavis. Its second edition, celebrated in 2016, consisted of the development of a plot in the Santa Clara area, Marbella. The organisation of the third edition has already started, which final result will be available next June, 2018. Its aim is to build in a plot within the Estepona municipality.

As explained by the president of DOM3, Landscape Architect Laura Pou, the purpose of this new edition of the III International Architecture Award DOM3 PRIZE 2018 is to continue increasing this prize prestige, as seen in its second edition with massive participation, 140 participants from 25 international cities including 17 different nationalities. This allowed achieving well above the desired results expected by the DOM3 Association.

Pou has reported that the exact location of plot included in this contest will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as the name of the main sponsor company, together with all details needed by participants, and the amount of the prizes to be granted. For this reason, the technical team of the DOM3 Association is already working on the competition rules, but for now, it can only be mentioned that the winning project Architect or Architects’ studio will be part of the future team to build the construction project. For the president of DOM3, this represents an important bet of the Association, answering this way to the demands of many participants from previous editions.

According to the planning set by DOM3 for the development of the III International Architecture Award DOM3 PRIZE 2018, official rules of the competition will soon be published, and broadcasted to all professionals, public administrations and universities within the sector, among other institutions. Afterwards, official notice will be opened for submitting proposals, which, according to plan, will probably end by the last weeks of May 2017. After that, the jury will start deliberation until the month of June, when the gala will be held and awards granted.

Quality, Excellence and Good Work as principles.

The Association of Businessmen for High Quality Homes DOM3 is an association formed by around thirty companies related to the design, promotion, construction, and sales of high quality homes located in Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís. The objective of the businessmen part of DOM3 is to create initiatives that promote improvement of competitiveness of companies in the sector, and influence public administrations so that QUALITY becomes the industry engine in the area.

In this way, two important events are being organised alternatively bringing international prestige to this group: DOM3 PRIZE, and the DOM3 STRATEGIC FORUM, both initiatives have already celebrated their second edition.

The I DOM3 PRIZE was celebrated in 2014, with a prize of 40.000 €, whose winners were Architects Simón Francés Martínez and Judith Sastre de Arce from the Architecture Studio Francés + Sastre. In April, 2015, DOM3 organised the “DOM3 STRATEGIC FORUM. CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH-END HOMES” at the Auditorium Philip VI in Estepona. Here, the Present and Future of Residential Tourism was discussed. In 2016, the II International Architecture Award DOM3 PRIZE 2018 took place, sponsored by Urbania International with 70.000 € in prizes, whose winner was Architect David Tuan, responsible of Arquitects´ Studio Tuan and Co, together with MathieuLébre. The II DOM3 STRATEGIC FORUM theme was about the Challenges and Opportunities for High quality homes. The III DOM3 PRIZE will be held in 2018.