Bringing CLT to India: participate and win!

Prize money of Rs. 13 lakh aims to generate interest among Indian architects, woodworking professionals in building with wood

In the first-ever event of its kind, major Japanese real estate developer, Mitsubishi Estate Company, and Gurugram-based Aakar Design Consultants are organising ‘CLT Induction in India’, an open competition with total prize money of

Rs. 13 lakh.

The competition aims is to create awareness and promote cross-laminated timber (CLT) as a primary building material for the future of housing in India. The idea is to have a system-based design to refine housing architecture in India, making it more sustainable, green, quick and easy to construct.

The competition challenges participants to design an urban or semi-urban housing scheme with an innovative construction system using CLT, exploring it as a building material to fulfil the needs of urban housing.

The design competition targets to introduce the innovative use of CLT in the Indian context; hence the design proposal should explicitly focus on innovative structural as well as spatial building systems.

Participants are invited to design an urban or semi-urban housing scheme catering to the needs of different user groups, depending on a proposed site context. There is no defined site location for this, and contestants are free to select a site in an urban or semi-urban fabric anywhere in the Indian context.

But the design proposals are expected to develop a response with the chosen context and its climatic conditions. The competition is divided into two sections:

•        Innovative mid- to high-rise building design proposal restricted in height to 30 metres, accommodating between 50 and 100 residential units, but keeping fire safety as a prime consideration;

•        Proposal for innovative low-rise detached housing/villas with 50 units where the size of the units can vary.

Rule book

Contestants are allowed to pick up existing housing projects and re-designing the building system using CLT as the primary material. The proposed system can either be designed purely in CLT or as a hybrid with reinforced concrete, or steel, or other low-carbon materials like stone or earth constructions.

The content of the boards is open, as far as the contestants are able to clearly express their ideas. However, it is important to detail out the proposal and focus more on the construction system of the design.

Submissions must be done in two A2 digital boards with a maximum file size of 10MB, oriented in either landscape or portrait format, with the registration number on the lower right corner of the board. All boards must be uploaded through the website in Portable Document Format (PDF).

One description of the design proposal should be submitted in not more than 500 words (PDF) and populating a framework to enable the ecosystem to be able to promote the sustainable architecture with focus on CLT. All information provided in writing must be in English.

There are no restrictions to the number of members per team. Any student or professional from different universities, countries and backgrounds can participate in the competition.

Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged, although it is recommended that at least one member of the team should have an architectural background. Teams with architects and structural engineers are encouraged to bring out the potential of the building material.

Judging criteria

Material, structure and technological innovation: 50%. CLT as a creative and innovative building system, as well as modularity and adaptability of the system to the Indian context will enable CLT architecture in India to achieve sustainability goals.

Response to climatic factors on site: 20%; design and spatial innovation: 20%; and integration of the conceptual building system into the local context: 10%.

The jury members are architects Kuma Kengo, Mahendra Raj, Rajeev Kathpalia, Gurdev Singh and Rohit Raj Mehndiratta, and Mr Morishita Yoshitaka from Mitsubishi Estate Co.

Mitsubishi Estate Co. operates in Japan, the US, China, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, in airports, office, retail and residential property businesses. It formed the CLT unit in 2017 for research and development aimed at commercialisation of CLT.

Aakar Design Consultants is an association of architects offering specialised services in urban design, architecture, interiors and project management and execution for the last 40 years.




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