TREE HOUSE PARK DESIGN COMPETITION
The Tree House Park Competition calls on young architects to envision tree houses in daily urban life as a new typology bringing man and nature closer together. The Istanbul based GAD Foundation, the organiser of the competition, offers a total of $15000 in award prizes and $8000 to the winning design and the opportunity to build the proposal. The design project selected 2nd will be awarded $4000 and 3rd will be awarded $2000.
Launched January 2021 with initial registration of “Statement of Intent” and portfolio due on March 15, 2021. Finalists will be announced on April 1, 2021. Designs will be required to be submitted by April 30, 2021. Award winners will be announced on May 15, 2021.
The competition will be organised in two phases and is open to all young architects 30 years of age and under who seek to explore the ecological possibilities of architecture for the 21st century. Competition registration is free. The 1st phase will require entrants to submit a “Statement of Intent” of 500 words and a portfolio of relevant work due on March 15, 2021. The 2nd phase will start on April 1, 2021 with the publication of the 10 finalists chosen from first phase.
The competition is set in a 19.250m2 site in Istanbul, Turkey, in a forested area in the district of Cekmekoy, a low density residential zone on the Asian side of the city. It is home to 265,000 of Istanbul’s 15.5 million residents and has witnessed rapid urban growth in the 2000s and 2010s. Cekmekoy is today a mix of low and high-density housing but also contains natural areas with wildlife and indigenous forest.
To promote a new natural urban environment based on living in forests and amongst trees with the tree house dwelling as the focus. The “Tree House Park” competition seeks to extend design insight into architecture embedded and in harmony with the natural world with trees and tree habitation as the focus of ecological design. This competition proposes generation of architectural ideas also for outdoor activities for a forested area that could also be suitable for implementation in protected green areas throughout the city of Istanbul as an example of the conservation of nature within cities at a global scale.