Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) may be a Mass Timber Construction technique that distinguishes itself from the present-day steel and concrete construction. it’s a natural resource and features a negligible carbon footprint compared to carbon or steel, since carbon is sequestered within the wood it’s made up of . Cross Laminated Timber consists of lumber that’s graded, kiln-dried and trimmed after which it’s glued and stacked on each other in layers, such each layer is placed perpendicular to the opposite . This perpendicular layering of wood helps the panel achieve structural rigidity in two directions. Since the panels are pre-fabricated, only component assembly is to be done on site, thus reducing the development time and labor costs which may potentially help in lowering the development cost. The CLT panels being light weight helps in reduction of the dimensions of the foundations, reducing the carbon footprint, contributed by the utilization of concrete.

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels are often used for walls, floors and roofs in both load-bearing and non-load-bearing structures. the pliability of thickness and sizes of CLT Panels, is in a position to fulfil the wants of various sorts of projects. Initially these panels were used for low and mid-rises but in recent years it’s also getting used in construction of high-rises. it’s also considered an honest substitute to concrete and steel thanks to its strength to weight ratio. The prime advantages of those prefabricated panels are speed, efficiency and precision of construction. Participants are expected to propose innovative construction systems that draw on the performance characteristics of Cross Laminated Timber because the main artifact .

In Japan, CLT is being promoted as a replacement material to reinforce sustainable forestry development. The sponsors, MEC Industry Co., Ltd. may be a company formed by the joint investment of seven companies, including the main Japanese general developer Mitsubishi Estate Co, Ltd., the main general contractor Takenaka Corp., and other companies in various lines of business.


The Competition challenges the participants to style an urban or peri-urban housing scheme with an innovative construction system using CLT within the Indian Context; hence the planning proposal should explicitly specialise in innovative structural also as spatial building systems which may explore the utilization of CLT within the industry. The participants also are allowed to select up existing housing projects and re-designing the building system using CLT because the primary material.

Program A: Innovative Mid to high-rise Building
Program B: Innovative Low-rise detached Housing/Villas

MEC Industry aims to spot an ecosystem of players (in particular architects and structural engineers) stimulate and steward the timber construction movement in India and particularly encourage professionals and young practitioners with current projects to hitch the sustainable construction movement.


The CLT design competition and workshops are open for college kids , young professional and corporations coming from diverse backgrounds. Although it’s recommended to possess a minimum of one architect within the team. Architects and structural engineers teams are especially encouraged to bring out the potential of the fabric through combined teams. there’s no registration fee for the competition also because the workshops.


1st Prize
Trip to Japan, including a visit to the Tokyo Olympics Stadium and a meeting with Kengo Kuma and Associates. (2 Business Class Packages) or a Cash award of INR 6,00,000.*

2nd Prize
Trip to Japan, including a visit to the Tokyo Olympics Stadium and a meeting with Kengo Kuma and Associates. (2 Economy Class Packages) or a Cash award of INR 3,00,000.*

3rd Prize
Trip to Japan, including a visit to the Tokyo Olympics Stadium and a meeting with Kengo Kuma and Associates.(1 Economy Class Packages) or a Cash award of INR 2,00,000.*

Student Prize
INR 1,00,000

06 Honourable Mentions

20 Finalists
Publications + Certificate of achievement and a book signed by Architect KUMA Kengo.

Special Sponsor Award
Additionally, the sponsors would consider practicing professionals with keen interest in the material to visit their plant and opportunities to visit other buildings using CLT in Japan and become a part of the Indian ecosystem to design with CLT in India.

*Given the special circumstances due to Covid 19, the sponsors may at their discretion present cash awards to the winners in lieu of the trip.
All winners and finalists will be awarded a certificate of achievement and a book signed by Architect KUMA Kengo.


Kengo Kuma, Kengo Kuma & Associates
Mahendra Raj, Mahendra Raj Consultants
Rajeev Kathpalia, Vastu Shilpa Consultants
Gurdev Singh, Aakar Design Consultants
MORISHITA Yoshitaka, President, MEC Industry
Rohit Raj Mehndiratta, Studio VanRO


Orientation to Cross Laminated Timber
13th February 2021, Saturday,
11:00 AM – 01:00PM (IST)

The first CLT Workshop will attempt to orient cross laminated timber to participants. The workshop will discuss merits of using CLT as the primary building product in the industry. Apart from discussing CLT Merits and its consideration in MEC Projects, the workshop will also discuss Innovative Architectural examples of buildings designed with CLT in the world. The following case studies of work done in Japan will be elaborated on –

-CLT Park Harumi
-Park Wood Takamori
-Shimojishima Airport Terminal
-Odori Nishi 1-chome Project
-Shinjuku Senri Model House

The Second part of the workshop will discuss the possibilities of exploring CLT as the primary construction material for low-rise houses in India. The house has been a site for much architectural innovation through history. India has long standing traditions of timber house construction from the hot and moist climates of Kerala to the colder climes of Assam and Himachal Pradesh. The stand alone house remains deeply aspirational in evolving economies like India where concrete and steel remain the primary construction material. These houses are increasingly built in fragile ecosystems as ascendant classes seek respite from the city in nature. Our ecological challenges necessitate new strategies towards carbon neutrality for this popular typology. This workshop seeks to explore possibilities of using CLT as a primary construction material for private house building in India.

Instructors –
-ITO Yasutaka, MEC Industry Co., Ltd
-NAGURA Yoshiyuki, Mitsubishi Jissho Sekkei Architects.
-ABE Yusuke, Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd
-Kapil Gupta, Serie Architects.

Innovation with Mass Timber, a house and a tower.
20th February 2021, Saturday,
07:00 PM – 09:00PM (IST)

A presentation of student projects made out of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) as a part of “Mass Timber and the Scandinavian Effect” studio led by Jennifer Bonner and Hanif Kara of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The projects speculate on the structural and aesthetic possibilities of a CLT panel on two different scales – a house and a mid-rise tower in Raleigh, North Carolina. A group of 6 Harvard Graduate School of Design Students will be discussing their studio project which explores innovative use of CLT to design a house and a high-rise tower. The following projects will be discussed –

A Taller Pile of CLT by Edgar Rodriguez
Balloons and Booleans by Benson Chien
Kissing Stack by Aryan Khalighy
300 Panels, 400 Cuts, 400 Bandages by Anna Goga
CLT = Cross Laminated Tower by Ed Han Myo Oo
Table Stack by Kyat Chin

Understanding CLT design and engineering in Indian Context.
27th February 2021, Saturday,
11:00 AM – 01:00PM (IST)

The workshop explores possibilities of using CLT as a primary construction material for low-rise housing and mid to high-rise buildings in India. Kanchenjunga Apartments and Tube House, a few of the many classic architectural landmark designed by Charles Correa have been chosen as case studies for demonstration. The workshop will focus on re-designing these building to explore innovative building systems using Cross Laminated Timber. Further on a detailed carbon footprint analysis comparing the existing (concrete) and the proposed (CLT) will be discussed.


Prof. Gurdev Singh, Aakar Design Consultants.
Manjunath BL, Manjunath and co. Structural Consultants.
Rushita Vora, University of Southern California

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Call for Entries : CLT Induction – Introducing Cross Laminated Timber in India.
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    March 15, 2021 11:59 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    March 31, 2021 11:59 PM
  • Venue

    Participants are free to choose any site in India
  • Price


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