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International Ideas Competition for Conference Center over the Danube

Graphisoft calls for the design of a conference center on the site of its world headquarters in Budapest, Hungary; first prize is 30,000 USD

BUDAPEST, January 2, 2002 - Graphisoft, pioneering developer of the Virtual Building™ method of building design and maintenance, is offering architects a unique challenge: to design the first known building to be situated over the Danube, one of Europe's most important waterways.

The Conference Center will be dedicated to the architectural profession and will host architectural design exhibitions, conferences of international ARCHICAD® and ArchiFM® user communities, and other major events promoting architecture as well as Graphisoft's products and technologies.

Away from the bustle of the city, Graphisoft Park overlooks the natural beauty of the Danube and Óbuda island. Flowing from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea in Romania, the Danube is both a literal and symbolic link of Eastern and Western Europe. The panorama of the two banks of the River Danube flowing through Budapest was named a World Heritage site.

On a 7.5-hectare site where the high-tech buildings of brick, glass and steel meet the historic industrial buildings, lush landscaping and tree-lined footpaths, Graphisoft Park provides a beautiful and serene working environment. A pair of old industrial pillars in the river offers the exceptional opportunity to build this 350 sq. meter conference center over the Danube.

"Graphisoft Park was conceived and constructed in this inspiring setting to nurture the region's software development business into a thriving industry," said Gábor Bojár, Graphisoft's president and CEO. "In continuing this development, we see the competition as an opportunity to attract world-class designs due to the unique location. As the conference center is intended for use by the architectural industry, we look forward to enriching the Park with a facility worthy of the profession."

The International Ideas Competition has been approved by the International Union of Architects and is open to all registered architects. A prize of 30,000 USD will be awarded to the winner; 15,000 and 8,000 USD will be awarded for the second and third prizes, respectively.

Registration is open from December 31, 2001. The jury of renowned design professionals, Eric van Egeraat (The Netherlands), Jacques Rougerie (France), Axel Schultes (Germany), Tamás Nagy (Hungary), István Schneller (Hungary) will review the submissions in June 2002; competition results will be announced July 22 - 26, 2002 at the UIA Conference in Berlin, Germany.

For more information and registration details visit www.graphideas.com.