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Tree House 2021 Architecture Competition written in white box on top of a green background with trees

With the pandemic currently raging, more and more people have been staying at home. Consistent lockdowns and tumultuous shifts in our daily routine, many people today are going through pandemic-related emotional stress and anxiety. With little to no contact with our natural surroundings, all of us today dream of living more freely and openly with nature.

Challenge

Tree House 2021 invite you to imagine a way of living in the lap of nature, suspended amongst the magnificent tree, under the starry skies. The design of the Tree House should be innovative and creative, with a sustainable edge. The relation between the exterior surroundings and interior spaces must be taken into consideration. The proposed design should be well-conceptualized.

The Tree House would be the primary residence for 2 individuals and the area of the proposal should not exceed 400 sq. ft built up. Proposals may consider spatial flexibility fulfilling all the needs of their users. The Space program for the proposal must include but is not limited to:

1. Living Area
2. Sleeping Area for 2
3. Cooking and Dining Area
4. Toilet space
5. Workspace
6. Recreation space
7. Any other function that the participant wishes to add to the Tree House

The design should centre on a unique character, one that reinforces and maximizes our relationship with Nature. Client interaction is one of the critical components of the design proposal. For the purpose of this competition, entrants may assume an individual, couple, or a genre of people, based on the design concept. The proposed design may also consider modern technological advancements in architecture to make the tree-house archetype adaptive to its surroundings, making it a comfortable home by eliminating any type of hazards.

Site Selection

Participants are to decide the location for the proposal, such as coastal areas, riverbanks, mountains, forests, or any urban environments. Choose your tree, dare more, design your treehouse.

Awards
Prizes of total USD 4000, broken down as follows:
1st Prize: USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication
2nd Prize: USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication
3rd Prize: USD 800 + Certificate + Publication
10 Honorable mentions: Certificates
Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published on Volume Zero website and several international architecture and design magazines.
All participants will receive participation certificate.

Eligibility
Tree House 2021 – Architecture Competition is open to all. Architects, students, engineers, product designers, thinkers, companies, organizations and everyone interested in the mission of the competition are invited to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary.

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