Call For Ideas: Tiny Library 2021 Architecture Competition

With the planet constantly evolving, there’s plenty of data being formulated out there. The human civilization is predicted to stay up with this alteration and evolve with this developing world to open up multiple possibilities for a far better future. Despite all the knowledge available around us, the sole thanks to best access it, is thru reading and self-learning. As a serious tool for the 21st century, self-learning is a crucial skill that’s to be refined for future generations as they journey through education and beyond.

Despite its importance, education is essentially inaccessible to varied disadvantaged communities in both urban and rural areas round the world. The pandemic raging currently has accompany its own set of challenges when it involves learning or working distantly. While we face a future that we cannot foresee, the power to adapt and learn is vital . it’s important to power the expansion of like-minded networks. Hence self-learning through reading is that the only thanks to equip ourselves and our community with the mobility we’d like to combat this unknown future.


Books as vehicles of data have helped mankind evolve through the ages and therefore the world along side it. so as to form information more accessible, books are transformed into digital, audio, and visual formats.

Despite of these efforts, books still be inaccessible to varied communities across the world . it’s important that we specialise in the way to bridge the gap between education and every one such isolated communities.

A library as an academic incubator may be a space that not only sheds light on conventional means of data but also encourages its users to interact, share ideas and join . instead of accepting urban migration as a given, a library are often designed with an aim to revive dignity and induce development.

Can we envision a 21st-century library that encourages exploration, creation and collaboration between communities? It’s time we ignite the new age movement of learning.

“A one that won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” – Clemens American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer

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Participants are to style a small Library optimized for 100 users engaging multifunctional spaces for all ages with a renewed spatial experience. the small Library is to be equipped with traditional reading including modern formats like e-books, audiobooks, audiovisual books, etc.

The space designed should function as a centralized think factory for the local communities with an aim to spice up public interactions and community development.

Participants are to think about affordability and optimum usage of space while designing. The designed space should be augmented to carry a maximum number of books during a limited space. The structure shouldn’t exceed 400 sq. mt of built-up area and will even be easy to take care of by its users.

With libraries being a landmark to their surroundings, the planning proposal should be iconic, inviting, and will create a press release of its own on the chosen site. Energy-saving components and sustainability are to be taken under consideration also . The proposed design should be ready to strike a balance between humans and their natural surroundings. We encourage the participants to develop their programs. The space designed needn’t be limited to the quality activities viz. reading and self-learning space, sanitation space, administration, reception, or information desk.

As an instrument of social change, the planning should promote innovative activities that’ll help stimulate and accelerate learning.

Site Selection:

While we face a future that we cannot foresee, the power to adapt and learn is vital . The competition aims at promoting self-learning as a key skill by giving humans scattered across the world a platform to attach and evolve as a community.

Participants are to settle on a site in an urban or rural context for his or her design proposal. the location selected should be in dire need of change which will be achieved through education and self-learning.

The design most significantly should be integrated into the context. the location selected must strongly justify the participant’s design proposal.

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Prizes of total USD 4000, weakened as follows:

1st Prize: USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication

2nd Prize: USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication

3rd Prize: USD 800 + Certificate + Publication

10 Honorable mentions: Certificates

Winners and Honorable Mentions are going to be published on Volume Zero website and a number of other international architecture and style magazines.

To show our appreciation, all the participants would receive a participation certificate.



Early Bird Registration: 4th January 2021 to 12th March 2021

Standard Registration: 13th March 2021 to 22nd April 2021

Judgment Day for Queries: 15th April 2021

deadline for Submission: 30th April 2021

Announcement of Winners: 30th June 2021



Tiny Library 2021 – Architecture Competition is hospitable all. We invite architects, students, engineers, product designers, thinkers, companies, organizations and everybody curious about the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary.


Early Bird Registrations:

Participants from India – 1800+18% GST = INR 2124 (per team)

Participants from Other Countries – 70 + 18% GST = USD 82.6 (per team)

Standard Registrations:

Participants from India – 2400 + 18% GST = INR 2832 (per team)

Participants from Other Countries – 85 + 18% GST = USD 100.3 (per team)

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