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Reading Rooms

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Reading Rooms

Despite the growing presence of digital devices, the demand for physical books remains as strong as ever, and with good reason. Research has shown that readers of printed books absorb and remember more information about the plot of a book than those using e-readers, likely due to the tactile sensation of handling a physical book, turning its pages and feeling how far you have progressed.

Even children as young as three benefit from being read to from physical books, becoming more engaged and finding the story easier to remember. Researchers theorize that this is because they are less distracted than by electronic devices.

The second annual Portable Reading Rooms architecture competition is seeking designs for a small structure that could be embedded within existing public spaces in multiple locations around the world.

The reading rooms would have to function as an intimate meditative space in which people can read and exchange books. The structure itself would need to be highly versatile so that it could be located in various locations, and could function in any climate and any season.

Though their functionality could change throughout the year - operating as a simple book exchange box during colder months and a more immersive and interactive reading experience during milder weather - the reading rooms should have the potential to enrich the community in which it is placed.

Participants have total creative freedom when conceptualizing the design and functioning of the reading rooms, in fact, they need not even be a physical room. As long as they are a welcoming and nourishing environment that encourages reading, the reading rooms can be as open or closed off as you like.

Download the full competition brief for more information!

The competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.



7,000 € + 2,000 € Scholarship
Total Prize Fund
3,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,500 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
MArch Valencia. Arquitectura y Diseño Scolarship (more details)
2,000 € *

*The prize would consist of a discount of €2,000 for the realization of any of the following programs for the 2023-2024 academic year - MArch Advanced Masterʼs in Architecture, Design and Business Administration; MArch Masterʼs in Architecture, Design and Innovation; MArch Postgraduate in Applied Architecture; MArch Postgraduate in Design and Digital Innovation. Learn more about the programs at marchvalencia.c
Buildner's invitation for universities [read here]
1,000 €

+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card  
+ 50 Points Buildner Architecture University Rankings 

Certificate of Achievement
500 € 

Certificate of Achievement



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

Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:

  • "SEEN BY" ONE MILLION Results published on - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.
  • "SEEN BY" 800 000 MORE Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).
  • INTERVIEW Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.
  • MOVIE The competition winners will be granted and opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on the Buildner's website and social networks.
  • MEDIA PARTNERS The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.

Jury panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified.

All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time. All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]  


Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Rami Bebawi architect and co-founder of KANVA Canada
Nancy Beka architectural designer and co-director of Studio Edwards Australia
Fernando Brunel co-founder of Balparda Brunel Oficina de Arquitectura - BBOA Argentina
Dan Dorocic designer ON/OFF Germany
Nicole McIntosh Co-Founder of the Swiss-American design practice Architecture Office Switzerland
Martin Olivera founder of TATŪ Arquitectura Uruguay
Fran Silvestre Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, MArch Postgraduate School of Architecture and Design Spain
Rogelio Vallejo Bores architect and founder of Mexico-based HW Studio Mexico
Cristina Verissimo Co-Founder, CVDB arquitectos Portugal

Key dates

Closing date for registration

15 May, 2023

Closing date for project submission

15 June, 2023 (11:59pm London time)

Announcement of the winners

26 July, 2023

Competition Q&A deadline: 22 May, 2023

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees

  • Early Bird Registration
    10 January - 13 February
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    110 €
  • Students
    95 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Advance Registration
    14 February - 23 March
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    125 €
  • Students
    105 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    24 March - 15 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    145 €
  • Students
    115 €
+4.5% VAT


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


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General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Sustainability award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
Please contact us – [email protected] and we will address the problem directly.
The short answer is yes, you may submit a previously published design concept as long as you are the author. Before re-submitting your project, please carefully read the following clarification points listed here -
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