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Habitare Design Competition 2020

Organised by Messukeskus and the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the Habitare Design Competition has, over the years, put the spotlight on up-and-coming design and architecture students. Influential figures in architecture and design have been invited to be head judges for the competition. The grand prize for the competition, donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation, has been used to encourage young students to continue their studies and build successful careers.

The competition theme and design brief

The Competition Theme

The competition’s theme is “Bread and Water”. What are the essential pieces of furniture and objects that are needed in order to enjoy food and good company. The aim of the competition is to discover the ideal combination of items that form a fair unified ensemble.

The Design Brief

The task is to design and execute the elements that are necessary for the enjoyment of our daily bread. The competition proposal must include at least a seat, a table and a bowl. Explore the cultural, artistic and design possibilities within the given theme. Participants are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams so that I.E. wood, metal, glass, ceramics and textiles combined would result a whole and enjoyable experience.

Participants may themselves choose the scale of their design proposal. However, if selected to proceed to the competition’s second stage, the proposal must be such that it can be partially or fully built and displayed in the scale 1:1 at the Habitare Fair within an area of approximately (length) 2,5 x (width) 2,5 x (height) 2,5 meters. Students may participate independently, or form teams of any size.

Evaluation Criteria

The Jury will evaluate the competition entries based on their artistic and design quality. The entries will also be assessed based on their functional, material and structural characteristics.

Participation

Who may Participate?

The competition is intended for students studying design and architecture in Finnish educational institutions, as well for students studying at The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Students may choose to participate in the competition independently, or form teams of any size. In the case of teams, the competition organizers encourage students to create multidisciplinary groups, allowing the competition’s theme to be approached and explored from different points of view. All participants must be students enrolled at an educational institution when the competition is launched 25.2.2020.

The Competition Organizers

The competition is organised by Messukeskus Helsinki, Habitare Fair, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Sponsors

Participants may collaborate with sponsors regarding materials, or the construction of their competition proposals.

The Jury

Stage 1 of the Competition:

Chairman of the Jury, Interior Architect, Professor Emeritus Yrjö Wiherheimo

Industrial Designer, Executive in Residence Ville Kokkonen
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Laura Sarvilinna, Creative Director
Habitare, Messukeskus Helsinki

Architect, Professor Pentti Kareoja
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Martin Relander, Interior Architect, University Lecturer
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Stage 2 of the Competition:

Head Juror
Designer Cecilie Manz.

The Competition Schedule

The competition is launched 11.2.2020 and will take place in two stages. Stage 1 ends 29.4., at 16:00, by which time all entries must be submitted both digitally and by post (see more information about the submission below). The jury will choose entries to proceed to stage 2 of the competition within 3 weeks after the submission deadline, 29.4.2020 All participants/teams will be contacted personally regardless of whether their entry has proceeded into stage 2 of the competition, or not.

The participants/teams that proceed to stage 2 of the competition will be invited to meet the jury and present their entries. Participants/teams will be briefed about the competition’s schedule and receive tutoring with regards to finalising their designs and construction for the Habitare Fair 2020 held at Messukeskus Helsinki, where they will be completed and displayed in their own exhibition.

Requirements

Requirements for stage 1

During stage 1 of the competition, participants must present their competition entries on a maximum of two A2-sized placards. The placards should briefly explain the entry’s design concept and the materials used. The entries must be displayed in such a way, that the jury can make their assessment according to the competition’s evaluation criteria. 3-5 entries will be selected to proceed to stage 2 of the competition.

Submission

Due to the prevalent Coronavirus situation, all entries must be submitted only digitally by the 29.4.2020.

Entries must be delivered to the following email address:

Messukeskus
Ida Ågren
ida.agren@messukeskus.com
Habitare Design Competition

The placard(s) submitted in Stage 1, must be marked with the participant’s/team’s pseudonym. Do not place your name, the name of your school, or any other identifying information on your placard(s), or you may be disqualified. The participant’s/team’s contact information must be enclosed in an envelope and attached to the back of the placard(s). This envelope should be marked with the same pseudonym used on the placard(s).

Entries must be submitted digitally as well (pdf-document) and sent to the Habitare Producer via e-mail either as an attachment ida.agren@messukeskus.com, or as a link (We Transfer). The pdf-document containing the competition entry must be marked with the participant’s/team’s pseudonym. Do not place your name, the name of your school, or any other identifying information in the pdf-document or the name of the pdf-document containing the competition proposal, or you may be disqualified. The participant’s/team’s contact information must be enclosed in a separate document (pdf, Word etc).

Requirements for stage 2

In Stage 2 of the competition, the 3-5 selected participants/teams are required to build a prototype (scale 1:1) of their competition entry. Technical drawings/plans presenting the construction of the competition entry must be included and displayed on 1-2 A2-sized placard(s).

The Prize

The grand prize is 5,000 €. The Head Juror may choose to award this prize to one finalist or divide it among several entries. The organisers of the competition will distribute 6,000 € for building the final prototypes. This sum will be divided equally among all entries that proceed to stage 2 of the competition.

Announcing the Competition Results and the Award Ceremony

The results will be announced, and the prize(s) awarded at the Habitare 2020 Fair, held at Messukeskus, Helsinki. More detailed information regarding the award ceremony will follow as the competition progresses.

Other information

Using the Competition Material

Messukeskus will display the finalists at the Habitare 2020 fair and use the competition entries in its press relations regarding the overall Habitare fair in both in Finland and abroad.

Sponsors

Possible sponsors involved in the construction of the final prototypes have the right to use the competition material in their own press relations.

For more information about the competition, please contact:

Ida Ågren, Producer, Messukeskus
ida.agren@messukeskus.com