Freeform Home Design Challenge

This competition is an investigation of how 3D printing technologies can improve our built environment and lives today. The winning entry will be built full-scale using Branch Technology's Cellular Fabrication.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage
Genre Housing
Country Chattanooga, United States
RegDeadline 4 March 2016 GoogleCal iCal
15 March 2016 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

We are asking participants to design a single-family home that rethinks traditional aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems, and structure from the bottom up. We challenge you to strip away preconceived notions of traditional design and construction and to think freely.
At Branch Technology, we have developed a novel method for 3D printing architectural components. This method combines large-scale robotics, sophisticated algorithms and carbon composite materials to print open-cell structures. This patented technology is called Cellular Fabrication™. C-Fab™ is unique in that it is flexible in functionality, formally dynamic, fully customizable, and environmentally efficient compared to other methods of construction. We ask you to design with C-Fab™ and we will do the rest to build the winning proposal!
The overall program of the competition is meant to be free and open. Design proposals should intelligently and creatively optimize the architecture of a contemporary dwelling through the use of C-Fab™. Our Jury will be looking for proposals that are progressive in aesthetic design and performative function.
The challenge is to design a single freestanding house. It should be between 600 and 800 square feet and should be limited to one level. Proposals should utilize C-Fab™ to create innovative solutions for the exterior building envelope, local site conditions, interior living functionality and building systems.

Philip Enquist, SOM | Partner | Chicago, Il
Sanam Salek, BIG | Designer | New York, NY
Robert Otani, Thorton Thomesetti CORE | Principal | New York, NY
Jessica Rosenkrantz, Nervous System | Co-Founder | Somerville, MA
Keith Kaseman, KBAS Studio| Partner | Knoxville, TN

1st Prize: Design built + 8,000USD
People's choice: 1,000USD
Visionary award: 1,000USD

Entry Fee

Two 24"(h)x 36"(w) design boards
One digital SketchFab model

Announcement of finalists: MARCH 28, 2016
Public Voting Closing: MARCH 28- APRIL 20, 2016
Announcement of winners: APRIL 22, 2016
Construction: Starting JULY 2016

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