USM and ADEYAKA with the experience of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, organise the third edition of the Pavilion Workplace competition with the aim of reflecting upon workspaces and offices.
The Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the 1929 International Exposition, is to be used as the setting for the interior design proposal.

The competition is open to all professionals and students from the fields of architecture, design and interior design and, in the present 2023 edition, coming from Denmark, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The jury will grant one first prize and two honourable mentions for each category (professional and student).

moduLAB objective and space

The Barcelona Pavilion, an emblematic work of the Modern Movement, has been exhaustively studied and interpreted as well as having inspired the oeuvre of several generations of architects. It was designed by the architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich as the German national pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.

The competition uses the Barcelona Pavilion as the moduLAB space with the aim of generating a framework for reflection on the current conditions of offices and places in which people carry out their professional activities, and explore what they might be like in the future.

Pavilion Workplace will provide to the participants with a wide range of USM modular pieces of furniture for workspaces in order to develop their proposals.


This third edition of the competition is addressed to all professionals and students from the fields of architecture, design and interior design, from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Denmark – with Copenhagen as World Capital of Architecture 2023 –, who are interested in reflecting on workspaces and offices. Participation is open to both teams and any individual under their own name.

Those who have direct family or professional ties to any member of the judging panel who make the selection of the proposals are excluded from participating.

Participants from previous editions can compete again with the exception of those who were winners or finalists in any of the categories.


Participants must register via the Pavilion workplace website and fill out the online form before 21st august 2023 at 23:59 GMT, with the following information:

– Name and surname of the contact person
– Email and telephone number
– Category: professional or student
– Field: architecture, design or interior design
– Country/ City

Registration is free, can only be done online and will be valid if the required documentation is submitted before the deadline stated in the rules.

By completing the registration, the author permits their proposal to be shared via any means and format by the participating companies and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.


The project must be presented on one single, horizontal, DIN A2 panel (1.700 x 1.200 px / 72 dpi / max 8 Mb) in .jpg format.
The panel should be sent via email before 11th September 2023 at 23:59 GMT +2 to the following email address:

The panel should include all the graphic information necessary for the adequate definition and interpretation of the proposal: plans, photomontages, info graphs, perspectives or any other graphic expression that defines the project. The panel should also include a brief text explaining the project.

In order to guarantee the impartiality of the jury, the projects will be presented anonymously along with a motto or slogan to represent it, which will be placed on the upper right-hand side of the DIN A2 sized panel. Therefore, the panel, which is submitted, cannot contain any reference to the authorship and must only be identified by their slogan.


The projects must be carried out in the pavilion plot (interior and exterior spaces), without altering its architecture. In other words, maintaining all the original elements, without adding any fixed architectural element, such as walls, for example. It should be noted that the pavilion is already fit with all necessary facilities for comfort.

Participants are invited to study the catalogues of USM modular furniture to get to know its products and to use them to perform their proposals. The graphic resources are available for download here. You can also use the USM configurator clicking here.

The project must include, as its principal foundation, furniture and compositions from USM. Other furniture can also be used as long as it has already been produced by a manufacturer and a VR item of it exists. The winners will be asked to send the furniture elements using the following 3D compatible files for the VR project: .skp, .3ds, .dwg, .dwg, .obj, fbx, .3dm.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) proposals will not be accepted. By participating, the authors declare that they have not used AI technology to design their proposals.

prizes and categories

Two categories are established: professional and student. From all the entries the jury will select six proposals (three for each category) in order to appoint two first prizes (winning proposals) and four honourable mentions (finalist proposals).

Every first prize consists of a piece of USM modular furniture worth 2.500€. If the winning proposals are made by a team of people, only the team will receive the piece of furniture (not one for each member). USM will also welcome the winners at their headquarters in Munsingen, Switzerland (travel expenses not included), designed by the architect Fritz Haller in 1961.
In addition, the two winning projects will be reproduced with Virtual Reality (VR) experience technology and can be viewed in video format during the awards ceremony. The organization will also assume travel and accommodation expenses (one night) for the first prize projects (maximum two people per team) to attend the ceremony on November 9 at the Barcelona Pavilion.

Every honourable mention will receive a present from USM and ADEYAKA. All other participating projects will be published on the website after the publication of the jury’s verdict.

the jury

The jury will be composed of the following international members:
Daria de Seta, PhD architect, Garcés-De Seta-Bonet arquitectes, ‘Spatial Design’ area coordinator at Elisava Design School (Barcelona)
Javier Guardiola Pila, architect, Ricardo Bofill-Taller de arquitectura (Barcelona)
Maria Juul Løhde, interior designer, WINK Spatial Experience (Copenhagen)
and organization representatives:
Katrin Eckert, Group Creative Director at USM U. Schaerer Söhne AG (Munsingen, Switzerland)
Eduardo Arjonilla Sánchez, architect I+D, ADEYAKA BCN
Yolanda Ortega Sanz, architect-project manager, Fundació Mies van der Rohe


The jury will evaluate the architectural quality of the adopted solutions, the choice of furniture, its originality, and the possibility of adapting the proposals to the challenges of the future.

The jury’s decision will be revealed at the awards ceremony to be held on 9th November 2023 at the Barcelona Pavilion. Only the jury is permitted to resolve any incident, which may arise in relation to the awarding of prizes. The jury’s decision is final.


15th june 2023 competition launch

21st august 2023 at 23:59 GMT – last day for registration and queries about competition procedures

11st september 2023 at 23:59 GMT – last day for receiving the entries

end of september. finalists announcement

9th november 2023 awards ceremony at the barcelona pavilion

q&a. queries and answers

Any queries or clarifications regarding competition rules or procedures should be put forward before 8th September 2023 via email, to the following address:

Please, check FAQ, Frequent Asked Questions before contact us.

agreement of the rules

Participation in this competition is subject to agreement of the rules.

privacy policy of:

The participants accept and give their express consent for the personal data given for registration in the competition, to be treated by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, registered at c/ Provença 318, 08037 Barcelona, by ADEYAKA registered at Rambla Catalunya 98, 08008 Barcelona and USM, with the purpose of carrying out all the activities necessary to manage the competition. The delivery of personal data for registration in the competition is mandatory in order to formalise the registration and properly manage the contest.


Participation in the competition will involve the publication of the identification data of the winners of the award on the website(s) of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, ADEYAKA and USM, as well as on the social networks of these entities and the sector’s media.
The legal basis for the aforementioned treatment is the consent of the participants who enter to accept the privacy policy in the registration process.

The participants guarantee that the Personal Data provided to the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, ADEYAKA and USM for participation in the competition are the truth and they are responsible for communicating any changes to them.


Provided that the participants expressly consent to it when filling out the competition registration form, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, ADEYAKA and USM may use such data to maintain contact with the participants and inform them about their activities and services and / or products, including the sending of promotional communication by electronic means.

The owner of the data may at any time object to such communication by contacting the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, ADEYAKA and USM. The data of the participants will be kept indefinitely, in order to maintain the history of the work submitted to the competition, with the identification of their creators.


With regards to the processing of data to maintain contact between the parties, the data will be kept until you tell us otherwise.


Participants may, at any time, exercise their rights of access, rectification, cancellation, opposition, limitation to processing and portability in relation to their personal data by writing to: Fundació Mies van der Rohe at the stated postal address, along with their National ID number, to c/ Provença 318, 08037 Barcelona, or by email to

The Spanish Data Protection Agency may also be contacted if a violation of the regulations in relation to your personal data is considered to have taken place.

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Updated : 15 june 2023