In the context of crippling land crunch in the urban cities of India, the current apartment housing model seems like a valid system, adopting compact forms with shared services and amenities. With soaring costs of land, developers prefer houses designed within a rigid area matrix, with an emphasis on maximising saleable area of a dwelling, and minimising common areas within the building. But because of this, the current landscape of apartment housing is rising like concrete jungles, regimenting an endless series of boxes, and creating a widespread placelessness in the city. It is not new knowledge that the current housing designs lack a sense of community engagement, which has reduced the notion of home to a commodity. Apartment housing is becoming a place where people, environment, culture and architecture are increasingly disconnected, and are shifting to a state of mere demand and supply. From being a complex site of confronting emotions and a continual dialogue between man and architecture, the idea of a home today has become an uninterested and uninspiring game of placing blocks upon blocks. And if this is the present, with rising pressures on urban land, we are forced to wonder, what will the future look like?
Up for the challenge?
Archdais invites you to design an apartment housing complex with a view to resolve these issues of monotony, placelessness and isolation with regard to real-time constraints of area and considerations of construction type, budget and building bye-laws. With an urge to value the experience of community living, and at the same time break free from the monotonous block model of urban housing, this Design-And-Build competition allows the winning design to be selected for actual execution of the project.
This competition is open for all the Architects, Architectural Firms & Students from all over the world.
Get detailed competition brief, 2D drawing of the site, Statutory Brief, Declaration form & bye-laws by clicking on the Download button below.
We invite everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, to join the competition and present their ideas. Participants are free to submit multiple entries but each entry needs to be registered with a separate email ID.
Alongside individual entries, team entries are also allowed. A team can have a maximum of three participants. Interdisciplinary teams are also welcomed to join. There is no age limit, however, entrants under 18 years of age must be lead or entered by someone over the age of 18.
INR 300000 + Publication
INR 125000 + Publication
INR 75000 + Publication
Winners and honourable mentions will be published on archdais website and social media handles.
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