STRAW BALE

ECOLOGICAL HOUSE

INTERNATIONAL HOUSING COMPETITION

US $2,300 + PUBLICATION

5 MAY, 2019

Prize

Registration deadline

COMPETITION
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KEY DATES & FEES

GUADALAJARA - SPAIN

PRIZES
SPANISH
FAQ

COMPETITION INTRODUCTION

COMPETITION ORGANISERS

The Straw-Bale Eco-House competition is a contribution to the natural, sustainable and efficient homebuilding.


The eco-house will be built with a modular and prefabricated system of straw bales, a green roof, a greenhouse and consequently a high level of energy efficiency.


The house will be constructed in the appealing city of Guadalajara located in the center of Spain, very near the capital, Madrid.


Guadalajara, after a period of extensive economic development and urban growth, is vibrant and welcoming. It is a city steeped in history and brimming with hospitality as seen in the friendliness of its people.

The owner is called Oscar, a solitary man who tells us:


"I have always lived in a big city, but my best childhood memories come from my grandparents self-built house near the orchards.


I am a home-loving person and make most of my life at home.


I work as a translator at home. I like to think that my work helps to spread knowledge between cultures.


I also do yoga at home every morning and I really enjoy growing plants and taking care of them very much. I spend a lot of my free time cooking, listening to music, watching a movie or reading at home.


I conceive my house welcoming and healthy, with low energy consumption and low environmental impact. Filled with natural light in the daytime, but permitting enough darkness at night.


Open to the outside to enjoy the magnificent views to the woods and the skyline, as well as the wild bushes and trees from the plot itself that will be preferably respected or transplanted if possible".

THE SITE

The site is located at Nº46 Calle Los Chopos, in the El Clavín suburb, a residential area just 5 minutes from the city of Guadalajara.


It has an inclined topography, with a slope between 10 and 11%.


According to the data obtained from the geotechnical study, no water was detected during field work.


Based on the resistant characteristics of the subsoil, a direct foundation be means of footing is possible.


The site has a total area of 1,005 m2, a construction coefficient of 80% (804 m2) and a floor occupation coefficient of 30% (301.5 m2)

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PROGRAM

The program was designed to meet Óscar’s needs. He lives in Madrid, a 40 min. car ride from the lot and will be living in this house sporadically as HIS GREAT REFUGE.


For this reason the house will be built in 2 stages: 1. The Refuge and 2. The Extension.

PRIZES

US $ 2,300 + PUBLICATIONS

Total prize fund

FIRST PRIZE

US $ 1,500

Publications + Interview + Certificate of Achievement

SECOND PRIZE

US $ 500

Publications + Interview + Certificate of Achievement

THIRD PREMIO

Publications + Interview + Certificate of Achievement

US $ 300

+ 3 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

PUBLICATIONS:

The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Abouthaus website and social pages.

CERTIFICATE:

Abouthaus will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

DOWNLOADS

Once you register you will receive additional information such as: the geotechnical study, urban certificate, topographic survey, technical details of straw bale modules, etc.

FULL COMPETITION BRIEF
SITE PLANE
SITE PHOTOGRAPHS & VIDEOS

KEY DATES & REGISTRATION FEES

Closing date for project submission

19 MAY, 2019

Closing date for registration

5 MAY , 2019

Announcement of the winners

24 JUNE, 2019

ADVANCE REGISTRATION [19 FEBRUARY - 19 MARCH]

US $80

LAST MINUTE REGISTRATION [20 MARCH - 5 MAY]

US $100

OUR LOCAL PARTNERS

Once the winning proposal is chosen, the project will be built. For this, our local partners will be responsible for the entire legal process and the construction of the house.


There are 4 teams who will work together:

ATIPICAL, an architecture and biocontruction studio. ATIPICAL will be in charge of project execution and managing the entire construction process.

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ECOPAJA, a Spanish company recognized by the National Accreditation Entity (ENAC) to build houses with industrialized straw modules.

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ESTUFASROCKET, a company dedicated to the construction and diffusion of thermal mass stoves, particularly the Batch Box model, which will be built for this project.

4

SINGULARGREEN, a landsacping company, specializing in integrating nature and architecture through the use of vertical gardens, green roofs, natural pools and the use of other plant tools.

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FAQ

GENERAL F.A.Q.

Does experience factor into the process of evaluating the contest?

No. Neither experience nor career trajectory of the participants are part of the evaluation criteria of the contest.

Does the contest winner have any legal responsibility for the construction?

No. The suppliers of the prefabricated straw bale system, Atipical architecture and biocontruction studio, and the local technicians will be legally responsible to the local authorities.

How is the intellectual property right of the participants protected?

The Contest is governed by the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT), which states that copyright belongs to the author. The information may be edited by the Abouthaus team for possible publications, always citing the authors and never altering the content.

COMPETITION RELATED F.A.Q.

Who can participate in the Contest?

Architecture students, architects or design and construction professionals can register and participate in the contest. The contest is open to anyone interested in the proposed topic, regardless of their age, country of origin, career or previous work.

Can a person or team submit more than one proposal?

No. Each participant may submit a single project and may not be part of more than one group. Participation can be as an individual or as a group of no more than 3 members.

Are there any other official documents besides the "Contest Rules"?

Yes. The other official document is the "APPENDIX". You can access this document once you register.

What information does the "APPENDIX " contain?

A summary of bylaws, topographic survey (ACad.dwg), plans of the proposed modular system (ACad.dwg), detail of the vegetation cover (ACad.dwg), suggested useful areas and image and video files.

What is the proposed construction system for this contest?

Prefabricated straw bale modules are proposed by the company EcoPaja, a Spanish company recognized by the National Accreditation Entity (ENAC) to build industrialized straw houses.

What payment system is accepted for Contest registration?

You can register using a credit card or PayPal.

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