Founded in March 2007, the Société de la Tour Eiffel Foundation aims to fostering creativity and innovation in the domain of construction and the environment and to favour the insertion of students and young professionals. With a view to sharing and recognising theses values, the foundation sponsored an architectural competition in 2008 (in association with Abvent, a specialist architectural software house) open to students based on the creation of a contemporary high rise edifice located on the Champ-de-Mars in proximity to the Eiffel Tower.
An award ceremony was held in March 2009 followed by an exhibition of the projects from 1-12 April at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Palais de Chaillot, Paris XVIème). A kaleidoscope of the projects are shown on the Foundation’s website: www.fondationsocietetoureiffel.org.
The 2010 Eiffel competition was based around the disused girder railway bridge at Bordeaux constructed by Gustave Eiffel in 1860 and which had recently been saved from destruction and listed as an historical monument.
A call upon ideas for the future conversion of the defunct bridge was reserved for students of architecture, engineering or landscaping either individually or in multidisciplinary teams which could also include students of other advanced educational establishments (sociology, urbanism…) having been born after 31 December 1980.
The Foundation was partnered again by Abvent and also by the “Sauvons la Passerelle” association (co-ordinator Myriam LARNAUDIE-EIFFEL).
The jury consisted of local dignitaries including the maire, Eiffel family members and renowned architects in addition to the organisers.
An award ceremony was held in Bordeaux in the town hall on Thursday 14 October 2010. A catalogue of all the entrants is available. The results and various projects can be viewed on the Foundation’s website.
For 2011, the foundation proposed to the finalists of the previous competitions, either individually or as a team, a study sponsorship in relation to Gustave Eiffel initiative located overseas.
The winners were two students from the Bordeaux architectural college who undertook a study trip in South America (Chile, Peru and Bolivia). their findings being the subject of a film and a book on the myths and realities of the engineer’s presence in that part of the world which were presented at the SIMI, commercial real estate trade fair in Paris in December 2011. You can see the book on the foundation website
En 2012, the foundation was renewed for a 5-year period.
End 2015, a new competition for 2016 has been lauched by the foundation with the Excellence foundation of the SMA group and with the sponsoring of Abvent again. The theme was « Imagine the 2030 office building» on a imponed location, the company’s Campus at Orsay, the business park which undergoes a development located in the French Silicon Valley.
To participate it was compulsory to create teams including a student in a French architecture school and a student in a French engineering school to whom could be associated students from other subjects (sociology, landscaping etc…). The projects had be submitted before mid-September 2016, the jury seated in October and the results were announced during a ceremony at the Eiffel tower. On the competition website (in French), you can discover the winning projets : Intérieur-Extérieur by Jules BOILEAU and Xavier PIROT (1st prize) and Biotope by Jean-Jacques BEGEL, Rémi CHARRIER, Adeline KLEIN and Odile PHAM (2nd prize).
In 2018, the foundation has launched in partnership with the SMA foundation Excellence and the sponsoring of the ABVERNT group a Scholarship open to students and young professionals, in engineering and architecture under 35 on the theme : innovation in building mutability from a regulatory and technical view point. The reward is up to 2 000 € per month from September 2018 to June 2019. The work will be supervised by Pierre Vincent, a member of the foundation Board who is architect and university teacher-researcher, and due for Summer 2019.