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House In Forest 2020 – Wooden House

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This year’s competition focuses on wooden houses, an extraordinary architectural style with traditional methods of building with heavy timbers, prefabricated wooden structures or creative light-wood frame with other components. Entrants are challenged to conceive a new and original concept for wooden house, however not strictly limited to the style of ‘full-timbered structure’. A degree of flexibility and alternative choices are allowed, for example half-timbered or partially wooden, provided it is backed up with adequate justification. The project area is defined in a forest environment.

Your designed wooden house has to be no more than 3 floors (including the ground floor) with maximum 1000 sq.ft (92 sq.m) for single floor plan, and has to feature four basic components: living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. Provided the site is located in a forest, possible solutions about plumbing and electricity should be figured out for one to three people to live comfortably. We also encourage the creation of new living style that’s not only limited for houses, but also can be like pavilions, structures, or landscape.

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HOUSE IN FOREST is pleased to announce its 6th annual international design competition: House In Forest 2020 – Wooden House. The competition is designed to challenge and seek the creativity with ideas and concepts in architectural design, as well as landscape design and site planning. The aim of this competition is to promote our ideas of protecting the forest and its environment, as well as focusing on urban design problems, while simultaneously raising awareness of the sustainability.


House In Forest Committee

Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


Winning participants will receive cash prize with certificate. The total prizes are $1,000, including $500 for the first-place winner. Winning projects will be posted on the official website as a competition portfolio with exhibition launched.
First Prize – $500 + Certificate + Portfolio Publication
Second Prize – $300 + Certificate + Portfolio Publication
Third Prize – $200 + Certificate + Portfolio Publication
10 Honorable Mentions to be published on the official website

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

Whoever you are students or experienced designers, working individually or in teams, we warmly welcome you to take participate in this competition.

• Competitions are open to all architects, designers or thinkers who want to show their solution to the issues we propose. Whoever you are students or professional architects, or experienced designers, working individually or in teams, we warmly welcome you to take participate in this competition.

• No professional qualification is required. But architects or students associated with members of the jury are not permitted to enter. Employees or firms represented on the jury, students from schools where a juror teaches and employees of traffic and their family members may not participate in this year’s competition.

• Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (5 team members maximum). One person could enter as an individual entry or a part of team entry. It is also possible for one team to enter multiple entries. But be aware of that, one registration/payment is only for one submitted entry.

• Entrants may enter as often as they like, but each entry must be submitted separately. Teams who wish to submit multiple designs can register their team multiple times.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens October 1, 2019
Registration Closes January 31, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project February 1, 2020
Winners announcement Date April 15, 2020



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Banner, Poster, Brochure or Triptic of Competition


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