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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.

First prize 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.

Second 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.

Third prize went to Thomas Fournials and Antoine Aubert from the newly created architecture and design firm in Paris, APE-X Studio. Their “La Terre du Milieu” is designed for a pavilion in Burkina Faso meant to serve as a link between the north and south sides of the city, a gathering place for shared community meals and other activities.

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 and Sustainability Award

2nd prize

3rd prize

Student Award