Downtown Alliance unveils design contest winners

Posted at 11:03 PM, Jun 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-05 01:03:07-04

SALT LAKE CITY – More than 200 design teams from 48 different countries submitted ideas to re-envision blocks 69 and 70 in downtown Salt Lake City near City Creek Center and the Gallivan Center.

Two winners were selected by a nine-member jury, and a people’s choice award was given out based on online votes.

The first jury award went to “The Inner Circuit” by A.K. Studio from Pennsylvania. The second went to “The Urban Art Lab” by local design firm Urban Art Lab SLC. The people’s choice award was given to “Olympic Games to Urban Games” by an architecture firm in Madrid.

The designs will be used by the Downtown Alliance as they update downtown Salt Lake City.

Jason Mathis, executive director Downtown Alliance, said the project is about a sense of community.

“I think each of these also underscores some important points, one is the importance of involving the community and thinking about things in different ways and bringing in a community aesthetic and a community vision to our downtown area,” he said.

Each of the three winners were awarded a $40,000 cash prize.