Saint-Gobain, Dubai Municipality hold competition for architectural students

Saint-Gobain, Dubai Municipality hold competition for architectural students
Published: 15 April 2018 - 5 a.m.

Saint-Gobain and Dubai Municipality are planning to hold the first-ever UAE National competition for architectural students.

The competition comes as part of the Saint-Gobain’s Architecture Students Contest, an international competition held since 2005 in several countries around the world and hosted this year in Dubai.

As per the terms of the contest, the building must follow the principles of Saint-Gobain’s MultiComfort House design, incorporating Passivhaus energy efficiency standards, superior indoor air quality, high levels of acoustics, visual and thermal comfort and other key sustainability features - all seamlessly integrated with superior design aesthetics, a press release said.

At the suggestion of the Municipality’s Planning Department, the building is to be located in Dubai Cultural Village, next to Mohammed Bin Rashid library, an area of unique architecture that fuses traditional Arabic heritage with the latest modern design techniques – further challenging the design skills of the students.

The UAE competition, which takes place on April 15 at Dubai Municipality Training Centre, will see 32 teams, selected from the UAE’s seven top architectural universities, present their designs for the unique ‘Multl-Comfort’ building to a panel of sustainability experts and design professionals.

The top three designs will be chosen for the international Architecture Students Contest, which will also be held in Dubai, from May 12-14.

The international contest will see submissions from more than 30 countries, including Belgium, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the UK.

The jury will comprise foreign architecture experts in energy efficiency, representatives of Dubai Municipality’s Planning Department, local authorities and experts from Saint-Gobain.

Designed to help the next generation of architects address the issue of sustainable design, the international competition is expected to attract a total of over 2,000 architectural students from universities and colleges around the world.

Now in its 14th year, the competition offers a range of attractive monetary prizes in addition to the kudos associated with designing the best sustainable student building of 2018.

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