Isover opens 2014 student design competition

Published:  06 January, 2014

Saint-Gobain Isover has opened its annual Multi-Comfort House Student Contest for entry.

The competition is open to architecture students across the UK and provides a showcase for talent at undergraduate and post-graduate level. The brief for the 2014 competition tasks entrants with presenting a design vision for a school in the Metropolitan Municipality of Gaziantep, Turkey, which is currently implementing its ‘Climate Change Action Plan’. This initiative aims to improve the life of citizens through a focus on sustainability, and as part Turkey’s commitment to the Kyoto Protocol.

As well as combining classical school elements with modern learning facilities, designs must be suitable for pupils aged 6 to 10 and result in a building with the highest degree of comfort and the lowest possible energy consumption.

Industry experts will judge the first round of the contest on 24 April 2014. The winning British team will then travel to the international final in May 2014. Entrants from around the world will compete for international peer recognition and a cash prize.

Helen Tunnicliffe, head of marketing, said: “This competition is incredibly popular, and year after year we see some of the globe’s brightest talent presenting their architectural visions for the future. I’d encourage all architecture students from RIBA-accredited universities to get involved – not only is the Multi-Comfort House Student Contest a fantastic opportunity for further learning by getting the opportunity to work on a live brief, but it also looks fantastic on a CV.”

Registration to the contest is open until 31 January 2014. For more information, visit

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