Haptic – Design a Museum for Materials
All tangible architecture is born at the confluence of design, technique, and execution. No great architectural work is bereft of it. However, the one element of architecture that not only encompasses all three, but also sometimes supersedes them is Building Material. It is the dimension of architecture that helps it attain the physical, tangible form it develops into. The knowledge of its properties, both visual and tactile, its utility, suitability, application, and availability are an inimitable part of both the practice and education of architecture.Material in Architecture has borne significance not only as an element of construction, but also as an element of aesthetic. This belief peaked during the time of the Bauhaus movement, ushering in a new wave of ‘modern’ architecture that revealed in the display of the building’s constructional constituents rather than its cosmetic concealment. Through various mutations and layers, the movement, or the belief has found its way to current architecture. However, can this connection between user/designer and material be made even stronger? Can architecture itself serve as a showcase of its own composition? Can adding an interactive element to it help in better understanding of materials and construction?
The brief is to design a showcase for building material in architecture itself: a “Museum of Materials” to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the role of material within construction and architecture. Over the past few years, museums have moved from displaying preserved objects to housing sensory, experiential narratives. Thus, the exhibits in the Museum of Materials can be anything that relates to material. The idea is to draw attention to the physical, tactile and visual properties of building material through both the display and the building itself becoming characteristic of that, in an attempt for the visitor to touch these, explore, be inspired and gain knowledge of material characteristics and construction techniques.
Judges:To be announced.
The brief is to design a showcase for building material in architecture itself: a “Museum of Materials” to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the role of material within construction and architecture.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
Prize pool of worth 24,000$
First Prize: 6000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1400$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention: 12 x 600$ Each
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
Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
Maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes December 27, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project January 12, 2021
Winners announcement Date March 11, 2021
Location of Competition