Archi’bois 2024: “Make a work out of all wood!” »

Archi’bois 2024: “Make a work out of all wood!”  »

Applications for the 2024 edition of the Archi’bois competition are open.
The theme of this edition is: “Do everything you can!” » Convert existing files into small sections
Application deadline: March 3, 2024

While today’s architecture presents significant challenges in terms of its contribution to key environmental balances, wood’s position as a material of the future is essential for builders. However, as a renewable resource, its availability will increasingly be subject to tensions associated with its versatility and the need to reduce the footprint of its transportation.

Therefore, this sixth edition of the Archi’bois competition calls for a general mobilization in favor of the Little Forest!
At the roots of the professions of architect and engineer, the search for new building systems represents the history of construction companies. This search for processes, assemblages and structural connections is closely linked to the resources available to society, and is a tremendous stimulant of creativity.

Each era thus generates the invention and diffusion of new structural systems adapted to the geographical, economic and social contexts in which they occur. Under the influence of the impoverishment of French forest resources, Philibert de Lorme, in his time, conceived frames in the form of an inverted hull, making it possible to replace large oak timbers with small timbers made of a variety of species. The grid frames for small parts invented by Friedrich Zollinger were born in Germany in the 1920s and had to be rebuilt in emergencies and shortages. In other latitudes, the Chinese Dogong system, the Japanese Kigumi system, or the American city system were born from very different constraints or goals, but all prove that the use of small timbers can serve architectural creativity to an infinite extent.

Directly inspired by this observation, the 2024 edition of the Archi’bois competition invites you to transform an existing structure or site using small fragments of wood (or small timbers) as the main resource. More generally, all resources mobilized by the project will favor organic and/or geographically sourced materials, proximity to supply, and local know-how. The total scope of the project is between 500 and 2,000 square meters of usable area.

calendar
November 6, 2023: Applications open
January 18, 2024: Competition Roundtable
March 3, 2024: Applications close
April 24, 2024: Final judging and awards evening

Registration details
Students regularly enrolled in Licence 1, Licence 2, Licence 3, Master 1 Master 2 or HMNOP, registered, in France or abroad, in a school of higher education issuing the Diploma of State Architect, landscape school, or engineering school, located in France or In a French-speaking country.

The project can be presented individually or in a group of up to 4 students. Students registered in License 1 or HMONP must be part of a group that includes at least one reference student registered in License 2, License 3, Masters 1 or Masters 2.
It is possible to create teams that combine schools and/or courses.

To know more: https://www.concours-archibois.com/

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