Register: OCT/01/2019, Submit: OCT/01/2019, Eligibility: Architects, designers, artists, engineers, scientists, conservationists, digital nomads, craftsmen; individually, (interdisciplinary) teams up to 5 members; at least 1 team member must speak one of the languages: English, Spanish or Chinese, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Place: 5,000 USD + 2,000 USD for traveling and stay in China (housing and food included), 2nd Place: 3,000 USD, 3rd Place: 2,000 USD, 4 – 8th Place: 1,000 USD each
We want you to design a home that can be dismantled after a time period and used again as if it were just simple prefab modular pieces (eg. LEGO or IKEA). A home made out of ready-made slabs which together form a simple disassemblable set. We want you to design this system partially out of BCORE (a special stainless steel material). The pieces must be easily transportable using traditional shipping containers which when flat-packed can fit into a 2.43m (8ft) wide, 2.59m (8.5ft) high and 12.2m (40ft) long shipping container and assemblable anywhere on our planet by the use of a small crew with equipment.
You can situate your project in any kind of environment on any location around our planet, however we need you to design your set fully or at least partially out of BCORE. BROAD group developed this material exactly for this purpose and we believe that currently it is the most firm, specialized and sustainable building material allowing us to build almost any type of building. Since we are planning to develop this modular home with the future winning team, we are focused on finding the most convincing and technologically sophisticated building set for the housing of the future!
Remember, we are inviting you not just to design a simple home but a whole construction set that will form a future startup, which will be operating worldwide. Our goal in the future is being able to ship our housing set around the globe to anyone in need.
BCORE AND CTS
We ask the participants to keep in mind that the use of BCORE is our essential aspect for your evaluation. We recommend you to use it above at least 25% of the overall material mass of your designs. However you are allowed to modify the non-structural part of BCORE like the surface finish, insulation, wiring and plumbing.
CTS Slab (Core Tubular Steel) is the technical term for the prefabricated panels made out of BCORE. The parts of a CTS Slab are prefabricated in the factory and installed on site, which greatly reduces assembly time unlike concrete constructions, thus freeing the construction site from dust, noise and waste. The structures made out of CTS slabs have the advantage of energy conservation, earthquake resistance, long service life and can be completely recycled.
A CTS Slab is made out of thin-walled core tubes, sandwiched between two steel plates. The flanged edge of the core tubes increases the area of connection to the steel plates. The core tubes are integrated onto the steel plates by the use of a thin layer of copper coil foil placed between them and then melted together in 1100°C hot air ovens in order to create a very firm joint.
A standard CTS Slab is 12m long, 2m wide and 0.15m thick. They can be used as load-bearing columns, beams or floors. They can be also cut into smaller pieces depending on the design.