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Squared Up, an architecture competition seeking proposals for houses constructed using only squares

Curves add a touch of excitement to anything static, but when it comes to functionality; straight elements are a crucial part of structures that are made anywhere. 

Right angles have been attributed to efficiency in every aspect of our planet and this universe, right from laws of physics to human skeletal structures. With times and technology shifting to curves as an aesthetic (Eg. Parametric Architecture), the power of rectilinear forms is overlooked with attribution to budget and mundane-ness.

What if squares are all we had? What if the only option to deliver a concept space for you was only rectilinear?

Brief

The exercise is focused on getting back to the basics, what if all we had a single shape to design our buildings on? What if this shape’s positives and negatives were balanced out to make things work spatially and architecturally?

The challenge here would be constructing every element of a house to just one shape, a square. How will the shape’s limitations help you shape a new experience?

Submission Requirements

Minimum requisite submission are sheets/boards and cover image containing:

  • Site plan
  • 1 x Key concept section
  • 3D views x 4
  • Additional cover image of 2000px x 1000px
  • Write a 700-1000 word article/story in the Journal section of the project answering the questions given in the guide pdf

Minimum 3 sheets, no maximum sheet limit

[2800px x 3500px] in portrait digital format (JPEG only). Each image should be less than 15MB.

Eligibility

  • Open for students only from all disciplines of design
  • 4 members maximum per team
  • You can register more than one team but they have to be registered separately
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