Register: 02/28/2017, Submit: 03/05/2017, Eligibility: Architecture students and connected studies; individually, teams up to 3 members, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 30,000 NOK (Norwegian Kroner) / 3,000 USD + Building
120 HOURS is an annual international architecture competition created for and by students. The competition was founded at the Oslo School of Architecture in 2010 and has since then grown to become the largest architecture student competition in the world. On February 28th, 120 HOURS – the world’s largest student architecture competition will launch its 7th annual edition. This year, students from all over the world are invited to take on an extraordinary assignment. The lucky winners will get to see their project become a permanent building.
Over five days, or 120 hours, teams consisting of up to three students will be given the chance to solve a unique architecture challenge that will not only be a tremendous opportunity for the burgeoning professionals, but also impact the life of hundreds children.
Since its beginning, 120 HOURS has been a wholly conceptual competition. With the single exception of the 2014 edition: where the winning proposal was made into a temporary installation for the ØYA-music festival. This year however, the organizers are working to arrange for the winning proposal to be actualized in the form of a complete and permanent building.
“We are incredibly proud to announce that we are finally bringing the competition to the next level. The team is working hard on the final details of this year contest and we are looking forward to seeing the contributions when the assignment is released. Considering the format of the competition and especially the prize, we think this year’s competition is a truly unique opportunity for the next generation of architects,” says Maris Mänd Project manager at 120 HOURS.
All student proposals will be exhibited in Oslo from the 18th to the 19th of February and judged by a jury consisting of some of the most renowned architects within the field. Further details will not be revealed until the launch date. The assignment will be made available on February 28th. The competition ends on March 5th.
We encourage all students of architecture, and connected studies to sign up now at www.120hours.no.
Canteen and library building for the LiangMeng school complex
Puan City, Guiyang, China
Latitude: 25.7659090° Longitude: 105.0744090°
The LiangMeng Primary school faces a beautiful valley located in the rural area of Puan City, China. It is connected by a 4 hours drive to the provincial capital Guyiang. The whole region is home to many Chinese ethnic groups, but the one that inhabits this underdeveloped rural area is known as the BUYI minority. Their economy is mainly based on agriculture and mining and it has been slightly improved by the construction of logistic infrastructures after 1949. Even if their daily life is partially modernized, their culture is still influenced by ancient traditions and activities.
You are requested to conceive and design a canteen and library building of 100 m2 that will serve the LiangMeng school complex. Please be aware that this is a project in a underdevelopt part of China, so those functions can be solved in a very rudimetary and pragmatic way. The project must respect the following guidelines:
- Your building design must not exceed 100 m2 area.
- Your building design must not extend beyond the boundaries shown in the area of the cad file.
- Your building design should be maximum 2 stories high.
- The space should accommodate the needs of the 200 primary school children of the school.
- Rough estimation for the construction cost is 1000 Chinese Yuan per sqm. Therefore for a 100m2 building, it would be 100.000 Chinese Yuan (14.500 USD).
- Every design entry must take into consideration the feasability and the reality of construction since the winning proposal will be built.
120 hours organization is currently completing the financing for the construction phase. If sufficient funds are collected the winning proposal will be built during the second half of 2017.This implies that the team awarded the first prize will be invited to further develop its project.