Građanke i građani izabrali budući izgled javnog prostora “Hastahana” u Sarajevu!
Public international architectural competition for the design of Hastahana park in Sarajevo
Submission requirements
Terms and conditions
About the open call

[15.03.2022] Timeline extension announcement for "Hastahana - Public Space for Everyone" call

UNDP BiH, together with the Municipality Centar Sarajevo, invites national and international architects, urban designers, landscape architects, as well as students of architecture and design to participate in an open, two-stage, international, anonymous competition (innovation challenge) for the conceptual design of “Hastahana” Park in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants are invited to submit innovative, nature-inspired, and community-led solutions for urban regeneration and activation of the public space known as “Hastahana” – an emblematic location in the very heart of Sarajevo, where significant historical periods of the city overlap.

The submitted conceptual design proposals will be reviewed by an international five-member jury comprised of relevant renowned professionals. This Call for Ideas organized in the form of an innovation challenge aims to select three finalists, who will be awarded as described further in this document.

The top three highest ranked conceptual design proposals will be awarded under this Call for Ideas / Innovation Challenge as described further in this document.

Subsequently, the Municipality of Centar Sarajevo will publish these highest ranked top 3 conceptual design proposals and will invite on-line voting by the citizens of Sarajevo to select their preferred proposal. The Municipality intends to support the implementation of the proposal which gets highest number of votes by the citizens and invite the author to further develop the preliminary design for the urban transformation of the “Hastahana” public space in 2022.

Evaluation criteria, score and method

The evaluation of the proposals will be conducted by the jury based on the following evaluation criteria and scoring grid, as presented below:


Evaluation Criteria Maximum points


A brief and clear formal articulation of the concept through innovative materiality, shape, spatial organization, detailing. The concept design should reinforce the unique identity for the city area. The design solutions should propose new visions for the site typology, bringing together global future city trends with local specificities of Sarajevo and “Hastahana” public space. Innovation in terms of materiality, shape, spatial organization, detailing, etc. will score highest.


10 points

Yes: 6 - 10 points

To some extent: 2 - 5 points

No: 0 points

Social impact and inclusion

The theme “park for all” must be represented adequately in the competition entries. The design proposal should include the activities and features for all citizens of Sarajevo, regardless of their age, affinities, physical condition or interests. The public space should be accessible by everyone. The ultimate goal is to achieve through design a universal, diverse public area usable for all gender, age groups and persons with physical disabilities.

10 points

Yes: 6 - 10 points

To some extent: 1 - 5 points

No: 0 points

Contextual sensitivity

Having in mind the historical and urban significance of the site, the design must account for the conditions, culture, and heritage of the site itself, as well as its surroundings. In terms of spatiality and design, proposals should articulate respectful consideration of the site’s context, including its natural and cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible.

10 points

Yes: 6 - 10 points

To some extent: 1 - 5 points

No: 0 points

Landmark features

The design must evoke a positive functional and visual impact on the visitor, as well as the surrounding context. The transformed area should be a distinctive and significant urban site.

10 points

Yes: 6 - 10 points

To some extent: 1 - 5 points

No: 0 points

Sustainability and regeneration

The concept rests on the notion of sustainability and regenerative urban design, employing nature-based solutions, green infrastructure, and recycled materials for the constructed elements.

2 x 10 points

Yes: 11 - 20 points

To some extent: 1 - 10 points

No: 0 points


The competition entries should elaborate the technical and economic grounds for future implementation of the design. The concepts should embrace forward-looking technologies, while simultaneously adhering to realistic economic and technical parameters necessary for the future planning of the construction.

10 points

Yes: 6 - 10 points

To some extent: 1 - 5 points

No: 0 points



Each jury member will perform evaluation of submissions against the scoring table presented above, supported by arguments for the scores assigned. Then a cumulative scoring table will be prepared, based on the average scoring results. The jury will then discuss together the emerging cumulative results and agree on the final ranking.

The top three highest ranked conceptual design proposals will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd under this Call for Ideas / Innovation Challenge.


28 February 2022 

Launch of the CALL FOR IDEAS Urban Transformation of the ‘Hastahana’ Park in Sarajevo (‘Nijaz Durakovic’ Park)

1 April  2022

Deadline for submitting questions to the organizers

06 April 2022, 23:59:59 CET

Deadline for submission of competition entries 

08 April – 15 April 2022 

Evaluation of the submissions by the international jury. Announcement of the 3 finalists

18 April – 28 April 2022 

Public voting to select the winning concept among the 3 finalists

30 April 2022 

Announcement of the winning concept with the highest number of citizens’ votes and the second and third-ranked concepts


Submission requirements

The design proposals will be submitted electronically through the form available at the platform. The electronic submission will comprise the following set of mandatory documents:

Two(2) A1 boards

Two (2) A1 boards (841 mm x 594 mm) in .pdf format, maximum size 10 MB, horizontal layout.

This layout must contain: 

- Design concept presentation 
- Site plan, 1:500 scale
- Typical sections, 1: 500 scale 
- 3D views (e.g. renderings, model pictures, hand sketches); photomontage of 
concept with the surrounding area

File name: A1_TeamID.pdf (i.e. if ‘TeamID’ is 123, the file must be named A1_123_ pdf) 


A3 album

A3 album (420mm x 297mm), .pdf format (maximum size 10 MB), horizontal layout, maximum 7 pages (boards) long.

The A3 album must contain:

- Analysis, concept evolution diagrams, sketches 
- Site plan, 1:1000 scale 
- Minimum two typical cross-sections, 1:200 scale 
- Enlarged drawings showing selected areas within the site, 1:100/1:200
- Characteristic details, 1:25/50 scale 12
- Textual description of the proposal

File name: A3_TeamID.pdf (i.e. if ‘TeamID’ is 123, file must be named A3_123_ pdf).


Each of the above documents should be in English language. Every submitted document should be marked with the Team ID number in the upper right corner. The materials numbered 1 to 3 above cannot contain any names or references to the submitting party, to ensure an anonymous evaluation of the concept designs. Only fully submitted applications that comply with the eligibility of applicants, the requested mandatory documents and compliant with the anonymity rules will be considered for the evaluation by the jury. The three finalists selected by the jury and awarded under this Call for Ideas will be invited to submit additional media files required for the subsequent public voting: - Cover .jpeg or .png format 1920x1080 pixel size. It should be a relevant image showing the project that will become its avatar icon (file name: Cover_TeamID_.jpg i.e. if “TeamID” is 123, file must be named Cover_123_jpg). - Animation 1-min long. It should present the overall experience of urban transformation. (file name: Animation_TeamID_.jpg i.e. if “TeamID” is 123, file must be named Animation_123_mp4). - Three (3) 360 degrees (panoramic) 3D views showing the integration of the design proposal with the context.

The evaluation will be performed by a jury comprising:
Mia Roth-Čerina
Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, Vice Dean for International Cooperation and the Arts Dr. sc., associate professor
Jury member

Ms. Roth-Čerina has more than 15 years of highly relevant professional working experience in the field of architectural concepts and designs. She is an award winning Architect. She and her team received the Croatian Architects’ Association annual Viktor Kovačić award for best project of the year in 2019, the Grand Prix of the Architecture Salon in Novi Sad in 2020, the Fresh and Bold award from the Days of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2019 and were shortlisted for the Piranesi award in 2021. They were also previously nominated for Piranesi, Mies Van der Rohe, BIG See and Vladimir Nazor awards. Beside her professional working experience, she was a jury member architectural competitions, and been a member of professional, public and faculty bodies. As a jury member, she was involved in more than 14 architectural competitions (Kindergarten Vrbani, Student Competition for the Stand at the 13. UniZg review, National UIA Golden Cubes Awards, Centar SEECEL, National UIA Golden Cubes Awards etc.) and member as technical committee or secretary for more than fife architectural competitions. From 2010 she has served as the Croatian delegate of the international UIA working group Architecture & Children and has contributed to their conferences and meetings.

Since 2016 she has been serving as vice-dean of international relations and art at her Faculty, and in 2018 she was elected as council member of the European Association for Architectural Education.

Roland Krebs
Superwien Urbanism, Urban Planning and Design Consultant
Jury member

Mr. Krebs has more than 10 years of highly relevant professional working experience in the field of urban planning, obtained in multiple national and international projects. Within his career he organized multiple architectural competitions, was participating in monitoring and reporting and further examination od developed project designs. He participated in multiple architectural exhibitions: Sarajevo Days of Architecture, Sarajevo Austria; Vienna Biennale,mobile laboratory; Bienal de Arquitectura de Costa Rica; Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbansimo, Valparaiso, Chile; Quito Urban Lab, Habitat III Village, UN-HABITAT (Quito, Ecuador); ARS ELECTRONICA – The Urban Design Lab – a communication based approach of urban planning, Linz Austria, and more. Additionally, he is the member of multiple architectural organizations: URBACT III (European Union) – Lead Expert for Urban Planning (2015); Chamber of Commerce, Consulting Engineers Vienna Austria (2010); Chamber of Architects and Consulting Engineers, Austria (2004); URBACT II (European Union) – Thematic Expert for Urban Planning (2009); Board member of Wonderland - platform for European architecture; Board member of NGO Pan y Arte, Nicaragua & Austria; etc. Currently he is engaged as an Urban Planning and Design Consultant in Superwien Urbanism, where he is involved in a number of international projects. Together with the Austrian Development Agency he was involved in multiple urban planning projects in the Balkan region.

Adnan Harambašić
SAAHA, Architect
Jury member

Mr. Harambašić has more than 20 years of highly relevant professional working experience in the field of architectural design from a broad range of international experience through his participation in large-scale architecture projects and competitions. After 10 years as partner at A-lab/Oslo, he co-founded SAAHA. As a partner at A-lab, he played a central role in the development of the Barcode master planning project, a key part of the development of the Oslo fjord precinct. He was leader of the A-lab team that won the competition for the Hammerfest Artic Culture Centre, and also one of the partners responsible for the development of the headquarters of the Norwegian state oil company. The last project that he led as partner at A-lab was the winning proposal for the Sustainable-Furuset development project - with a large emphasis on both sustainability and energy efficiency. Harambašić established SAAHA in 2013, after being named finalist in the Nordic Built Challenge - an open international competition for the restoration and extension of the Posthuset building in Oslo. At SAAHA, he led the interdisciplinary competition team for the new government quarter in Oslo. He also led the team of designers and consultants that won the Futurebuilt competition for adaptive reuse of an existing factory building with the «I Love Nydalen» proposal. Adnan Harambašić is the president of the Norwegian Association of Architects, has been taking part in jury work related to various task and projects, as well as has taught and lectured in Norway, Europe and Asia.


Marina Dimova
UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Governance Chief Technical Specialist at UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jury member

Ms. Dimova is Governance Chief Technical Specialist at UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is also leading innovation work of UNDP, with focus on applying systems thinking in development work and innovation experimentation for sustainable and inclusive change at scale. Areas of exploration include sustainable and green urban transformation, innovation in the public sector, circularity. 

Selma Islambegovic
Municipality of Centar Sarajevo, Head of the Department for Spatial Planning
Jury member

Ms. Islambegović is Head of the Department for Spatial Planning in the Sector for Investments, Communal Development and Planning of the Municipality of Centar Sarajevo. She is a public administration expert in spatial planning, building permits and urbanism. She holds professional certification in the field of architecture and the teaching process. 

BAM 15.000,00
(VAT excluded)
Prva nagrada
BAM 10.000,00
(VAT excluded)
Druga nagrada
BAM 5.000,00
(VAT excluded)
Treća nagrada
Terms and conditions

This Call for Ideas/Innovation Challenge is organized by UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Municipality of Centar, in partnership with the University of Sarajevo’s Faculty of Architecture and the City of Sarajevo.

The Call is international, open, two-stage, and anonymous.

The scope of the Call is for conceptual urban, landscape, and architectural design targeting the sustainable urban transformation of the “Hastahana” site in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Who is eligible to apply?

Design proposals can be submitted by:

(1) individual authors (architects, landscape architects, urban designers, urban planners, students, designers, engineers); or

(2) teams of individual authors; or

(3) legal entities (public or private, individually or in consortium - architecture bureaus, universities, innovation centres, urban research centres, development think-tanks, and coalitions of partners with innovative visions).
Individual/team applicants can submit maximum one design proposal.

Individuals and/or legal entities who were directly engaged in the organization of this Call or are personally/familywise connected with the jury members, or part of their organisation/company, are not eligible to submit design proposals.

Scope of the concept proposals

This competition invites interested applicants to submit design proposals that apply the notions of sustainable, green, and inclusive urban development as default values for the “Hastahana” open public space. The design proposals must envisage an innovative transformation of the existing public space towards a green and multipurpose area on the ground level (approximately at the average altitude of 540 meters), accessible for everyone.

The concepts should emerge from a multidisciplinary approach, which combines urban, and landscape architecture, as well as product design. The scope of design encompasses the types and choice of arrangement of the pedestrian areas, the selection and/or design of urban furniture and equipment, the horticultural/landscape design of green areas, and the exterior lighting design. The authors are encouraged to correlate all employed materials, elements, and components - from urban furniture and equipment to ecological components and pavement - within the general concept of a welcoming and sociable urban atmosphere, which reflects the spirit of the neighbourhood, while at the same time meeting all relevant ergonomic and technical standards.

Public consultations for the future of “Hastahana”

In September 2021, UNDP and the Municipality of Centar Sarajevo organized an “urban lab” at the “Hastahana” site, encouraging creative and interactive engagement of citizens and voicing of their ideas, concerns, and visions for the future of “Hastahana”. Citizens’ ideas and insights were collected on a 3D large-print board of the location, and participants could use photo cards representing various ideas and urban content (e.g. urban greenery, playgrounds, green infrastructure, art and cultural content, social spaces, street markets and cafes, buildings, urban equipment, etc.) to depict concrete suggestions for the relevant public space. As a result of this interactive and creative discussion, a wide range of ideas was generated, all of which were linked specifically to the “Hastahana” location. An expert team reviewed and clustered the emerging typology of citizens’ proposals, and the prevailing categories can be summarized as follows: green area and urban forest, sport and recreation facility, outdoor cultural space, sport and recreation activities – including keeping the skate park, outdoor relaxation furniture, and equipment zones. Many participants explicitly objected to the construction of buildings in the area, particularly new business buildings, underground garages, or similar structures.

In February 2022, a second stage of public consultations was launched through the illustrated survey at the digital platform dedicated to urban transformation of public spaces in the Municipality Centar Sarajevo. The citizens of Sarajevo had the opportunity to share their opinions, visions and ideas about the functional, infrastructural and aesthetic features of the renewed “Hastahana” public space.

To ensure that the conceptual design is informed and inspired by the citizens’ views and voices, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider and incorporate the results of the onsite and online visual surveys in their design proposals. As public consultations provide citizens’ views and visions related to the “Hastahana” public space, participants in the competition are invited to thoroughly review the results from the public consultations (also enclosed as an Annex to this document) and consider the collective ideas and preferences in their architectural design proposals.

The names of the applicants (individual or legal entities), their photos, initials, or logos should not be evident on the submitted documents, presentation panels, or on the thumbnail images. Names should be entered in the submission form on the competition website and will not be visible to the jury or to the technical committee assessing the eligibility of the submissions. Each submitted document should be marked with the Team ID number in the upper right corner. The anonymity of the participants is guaranteed by the electronic system for proposals’ submission. After the registration procedure is completed, the applicant/team leader will receive a confirmation e-mail with the Team ID.
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