International Architecture Competition

Rammed Earth

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The Rammed Earth Pavilion Competition is part of a series exploring the unique benefits of different building materials. Participants were challenged with designing a pavilion constructed of rammed earth in a location of their choosing, to be used either as a temporary or permanent structure which could also host an exhibition on the material within.

Roger Boltshauser from the Swiss firm Boltshauser Architekten won first place with his Kiln Tower for the Brickworks Museum in Cham, Switzerland. He submitted designs for a prestressed clay-wood structure and the world's first prestressed building in clay. The clay tower enables visitors to gain an overview of the site, allows staff to fire bricks with a kiln, and displays exhibits of the museum.

Second place went to Farid Younesi, Amina Yusupova, and Thanatcha Cholpradit from the United Arab Emirates for their Hooke Garden greenhouse pavilion in the UK. The pavilion utilized earth excavated from the site to form its full-length rammed earth wall, which performed as a thermal insulator for the greenhouse, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night for the continuous cycle of growth for fresh fruits and vegetables within.

Third place was awarded to Oliver Giebels and Alessandra Esposito from Germany for their Hands On proposal for a traveling exhibition pavilion, a space for public workshops focused on rammed earth as a building material.

Visit to see the full jury comments as well as high resolution images of all our winning design projects, including the Buildner Student Award winner Florestan Lacroix from Ecole Nationale Supérieure D’Architecture de Grenoble in France.

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1st prize

2nd and Sustainability Award

3rd prize

Student Award

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