67 firms from 24 countries submitted expressions of interest to design the brand new EU TUMO Convergence Center in Yerevan. After a spirited competition full of bold and innovative design proposals, a five-member jury whittled the competition down to three firms. Each firm came to Yerevan for a two-day workshop to determine the winner.
Ultimately, the jury selected Dutch architecture firm MVRDV to design the new center, with the firm demonstrating a deep understanding of the center’s programs and vision, in addition to the urban context in which the site is located. Further, MVRDV’s design proposals were highly responsive to the project’s objectives, namely creating an extensible platform, a nexus for collaboration, and an accessible destination with ample public, shared space and opportunities for convergence. The project is currently in the concept design phase. The ideas generated by MVRDV during the competition are now being elaborated, with final architectural designs completed by spring 2021.