Published on 19.01.2022

As a continuation of the Carpark Futures study conducted in 2020 and the online course dedicated to underground architecture opened in the fall of 2021 with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, INDIGO Group and DPA-X, Dominique Perrault Architecture’s research department, are launching an international competition inviting young architects from all over the world to invent the car park of the future.


Open to young architects under 40 years of age, registered alone or in a team, “Carpark Futures Competition” invites architecture professionals to question the architectural, urban, technical and environmental potential of a revalorization of underground parking lots, through the study of the Euralille site in northern France.

The candidates will have to propose a series of architectural interventions in response to new practices related to mobility, urban logistics and, more broadly, to changes in lifestyles and consumer habits. The jury, made up of experts from the world of architecture and urban planning, is co-chaired by Dominique Perrault, architect and urban planner and member of the French Academy of Arts, and Serge Clémente, Chairman of the Indigo Group.



How can underground parking spaces be transformed to adapt them to contemporary societal changes? How can architecture respond to the challenges of future mobility and urban density in the broad sense?

Today, sometimes underused, underground parking lots represent important reserves of surface, volume and land, and their potential is immense. It is now necessary to go beyond a vision of the underground parking lot as a simple inert storage space, in order to allow its integration into major metropolitan developments, by introducing new programs, new uses, and new architectural qualities. The idea of an underground real estate development, or “Sub-estate”, can now be considered as a strategy for an optimized, resilient urbanism, imagining the city as a system rooted in the ground.


Registration will be open from January 19, 2022 to April 17, 2022.

  • You want to know more about the competition, click here
  • You are a young architect and wish to register, follow this link