Tree House Park Design Competition For Young Architects

This competition seeks to extend design insight into architecture em- bedded and in harmony with the natural world with trees and tree habitation as the focus of ecological design.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Age Restriction, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Environment, Landscape
Country Cekmekoy, Istanbul, Turkey
RegDeadline 15 March 2021 GoogleCal iCal
15 March 2021 (via Online)
Eligibility Architects, designers, planners and ecologists 30 years of age and under regardless of working or education status

The tree house in the modern period is an architecture typology distinct from the use of structures in trees built by prehistoric and indigenous peoples. In the premodern period these structures above the ground primarily offered protection from wild animals, enemies, and the flooding of nature that was hostile to human existence. The architecture of tree structures camouflaged among the leaves by indigenous people was an outgrowth of indigenous structures raised above the ground on stilts and struts. As such this architecture has an architectural language derived from vernacular construction and the availability and application of timber resources in forested zones primarily in tropic and subtropic climates. But over the last hundred years, modern tree houses have transformed to provide a spatial and sensual experience of nature as a building type with it's own architectural style. An architectonic development of the tree house has resulted in numerous options for building in trees. Stay rods, fasteners, bolts, belts and cables are now used with timber to build modern tree houses. As such part of the task in this competition is to take a position on on the design of structures in trees and forests. Competitors should in the design adress the task of engaging a living foundation, the unstable parameters of nature, and user/habitant.
The main theme of the competition is based on the idea of a "Tree House Park" that will host a number of tree houses and activities set inside a forested area. The forest area will be organized as a park with outdoor activities such as a walking path and zones for physical activity to stimulate exploration and discovery. The tree houses and primary park activities are envisioned to be in and on a network of walking paths and spaces. The design strategy of the competition will be to retain the natural materials and character of the forested area as a nature reserve. The competition calls for a non invasive approach to the design of the park where a ecosystems are supported and new construction minimized.

WINKA DUBBELDAM, Architect and Professor
DAVID BASULTO, Founder and Editor in Chief of ArchDaily

1ST PRIZE: $ 8,000, Casper VIA L30 Tablet Computer
2ND PRIZE: $4,000, Casper VIA L30 Tablet Computer
3RD PRIZE: $2,000, Casper VIA L30 Tablet Computer
7 FINALISTS: Casper VIA L30 Tablet Computer

Entry Fee

Finalists will be announced on April 1, 2021.
Designs will be required to be submitted by April 30, 2021.
Award winners will be announced on May 15, 2021.

The GAD Foundation with partners, Ege Yapi and Casper Computer

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