Register: NOV/19/2018, Submit: NOV/20/2018, Eligibility: Architects, urban designers, landscape architects, urban planners, concept developers, professionals, students; individually, teams (with an unlimited number of members, but least one above 18 years old), Fee: 40 EUR (AUG/30 – OCT/08/2018), 50 EUR (OCT/09 – NOV/05/2018), 60 EUR (NOV/06 – NOV/19/2018), Awards: Overall Award “Vision”: 1,500 EUR + chance to work with us on the project; Awards “Elaborations” – in each of 3 categories (“powerhouse”, “flat” & “former school”): 1st Prize 700 EUR, 2nd Prize 200 EUR, 3rd Prize 100 EUR, Honorable Mentions

A characteristic, derelict site in Sittard (Netherlands) was redeveloped after many eventful years. Whereas the estate had previously been developed with a focus on religion and health care, it now profiles itself as a ‘Sports & Talent Park’ where talented young athletes can stay, grow, and play. Given the velocity of developments over recent years, the predictions of consumer demand were quick and efficient but lacked a clear vision for spatial planning. You have now the ability to change this. Despite the fact that the client has a fixed idea about the site’s future, there are still many choices to be made in terms of spatial design. We would therefore like to ask you to create a vision for the entire site. In addition to this vision, we would like to receive a partial elaboration of one of the indicated locations in the form of a design showing how your vision would be successful. This special project offers the opportunity to bring together top talents from various parts of the world and showcase their talent with some magnificent results. The main principles of the design must be in line with the wishes of the users, athletes, and owner: ‘Stay-Grow-Play’.

Watersley Sports & Talentpark has developed rapidly in recent years. The country estate has developed into a hotspot for athletes and young talents. So far, the developments have been realized on the basis of supply and demand, but the time has come for more structure and vision. Many ideas have already been developed in terms of the programme for the buildings, so there is no need to focus on that. The real question concerns the coherence of all of the properties in terms of appearance, branding, and functioning (connections and interaction). For this competition we are looking for a vision for the entire estate and its relationship with the environment.

Alongside a vision for the entire site, we would like to see an elaboration on one location, to show how the vision can become reality. For the competition, we have selected three locations for the elaboration. These locations were chosen because of their relevant location on the site and the challenging program that will need to be accommodated. One elaboration that focusses on the key-words Stay-Grow-Play.

Stay-Grow-Play - site area



The Watersley Sports & Talentpark grounds are part of a rural area located in the immediate vicinity of the Sittard – Geleen urban zone. This area’s rich histor y dates back to the 16th century.

The name ‘Watersley’ honours the park’s unique location, as it means ‘the place where water is collected’ and refers to the natural basin at the foot of the local Kollenberg hill. The countr y home Huis Watersley was built in 1752 as a hunting lodge for the noble Loyens-Delhougne family. Later, in 1876, it became a monaster y for a German congregation of the Order of Friars Minor. In 1967 the countr y estate came into the hands of Stichting Pergamijn, a foundation that provides assistance to people with intellectual disabilities. Huis Watersley has been a nationally listed building since 1967. Having ser ved as a castle, monaster y, and care centre, it is now a peaceful environment where young, ambitious sportspeople can develop their talents. The 29-hectare park-like estate is ideally located in the middle of the Meuse- Rhine Euregio in an area known for its outstanding cycling routes, both flat and hilly, some of which also lead to Belgium and Germany.

Mission and Vision
Watersley Sports & Talentpark is an internationally-oriented residential campus providing accommodation for up to 300 top-level sportspeople from the Netherlands and abroad. You can stay at the park as part of a team or as an individual, and you will be living at a ver y convenient distance to all the top sports facilities that this region offers.

The Sportzone Limburg sports centre and an exciting city environment are easily accessible, as are a wide range of educational institutes. This makes Watersley Sports & Talentpark the ideal residence while you develop all your talents.

The ambition is for knowledge institutions, the business world, government bodies, and sportsmen and women to reach the top together. This gives rise to better sports performance – including performance at elite level – as well as optimum talent development and new knowledge. Watersley Sports & Talentpark supports this development into a region for top-level sport through the creation of a residential campus for this target group: a campus on which residence, education, work, and leisure are all connected with each other, allowing the emergence of a ‘lively’ top-level sports community.

Just three kilometres as the crow flies from Watersley Sports & Talentpark, the Sportzone Limburg sports centre offers an outstanding sporting environment focusing on professional infrastructure and the structural development of talents. This tailoring is ideal for young people wanting to combine their sporting ambitions with their studies or career.

The versatile environment offers a wide range of sports facilities, including a safe cycling environment and an athletics track, as well as the Topsport Expertise & Innovation Centre, which offers professional support to sportspeople at the highest level.

In the coming years, this region will see further sustainable development and redevelopment. Nevertheless, the peace and relaxation the park offers will be maintained by working with the available materials and opportunities in a sustainable and innovative way, and by strengthening the connection between this breeding ground for talented sportspeople and the community of Sittard which has been this estate’s home for centuries.


  • Sports (current): Triathletes, Runners, Mountainbikers, Footballers, Cyclists, Handball Players, Ice Skaters
  • Age: Average 14 – 28
  • Gender: 55% Male, 45% Woman are living in mixed houses
  • Education: 40% is following education
  • Nationalities: Netherlands, America, South Africa, Australia, Hungaria, Canada, Germany, Venezuela…