Competition: Tiny Library 2023 مسابقة: مكتبة صغيرة 2023

Competition: Tiny Library 2023

As the world is continuously transforming and expanding, the amount of data and information created every day is also increasing constantly. Human intellect today is expected to evolve at the same rate as our world to continue our journey into the future. Despite all the information, reading and self-learning remain the most powerful tools available to mankind to consume knowledge. Learning bolsters awareness, exposure, and productivity, which in turn results in development.

Despite its importance, education is still inaccessible to many communities in remote locations around the world. Civilization all across the globe has taken a major blow economically post-pandemic. Also, From a substantial decline in income to an increase in the unemployment rate, the fear of facing a financial meltdown has been spreading in most parts of the world. While we face a future that we cannot foresee, the ability to adapt and learn is key.  Self-learning, especially through reading, is crucial for society’s development. It is important to power the growth of like-minded networks. It is necessary to have places promoting education and self-learning to educate the local population within the closest proximity. Moreover, It will make them accessible to gainful employment opportunities in their home towns and will thereby avoid the need for migration elsewhere.


Books are considered to be the torchbearers for knowledge, helping mankind develop its intellect and create a world that is constantly developing. To make education more accessible, we have transformed books into digital, audio, and visual formats.

Despite all these efforts, books in any format are still inaccessible to various communities across our planet. Also, It is now utterly important to focus on this lack of accessibility and prioritize creating a source of knowledge for isolated communities.

Libraries as educational incubator is a space that not only sheds light on conventional means of knowledge but also encourages their users to interact, share ideas and grow together. Rather than accepting urban migration as a given, a library can be designed to restore dignity and induce development.

Can we rethink a library of the 21st-century public space where knowledge is not limited to books? Can we ignite the new age movement of learning?

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman statesman and philosopher).

Challenge – Tiny Library 2023

Participants are to design a Tiny Library optimized for 75 users with engaging multifunctional spaces for all ages and spatial experiences. The Tiny Library would be equipped with traditional reading material along with modern formats like ebooks, audiobooks, audio-visual books, etc.

Furthermore, The space would be designed as a centralized think tank for the local communities with a focus on activities and functions of public interactions and community development.

Participants should consider affordability and optimum use of space while designing. The designed space should be augmented to hold a maximum number of books in a limited space. The structure should not exceed 300 sq. mt of built-up area.

The proposed design should also be easy to maintain. The proposal should be iconic, and inviting, and create a statement of its own on the chosen site. The proposed design should have contact between humans and nature.

The proposed designs can be visualized as mobile or stationary. One could also develop the given space as a flexible module that can be replicated to adapt to different site conditions making it versatile. Participants will justify their design choices.

The designed spaces should be innovative, encourage self-learning as well as strengthen the communal spirit. Energy saving and sustainability should be given thought. We encourage the participants to develop their programs. Furthermore, The space designed should not be limited to the standard activities viz. reading and self-learning space, sanitation space, administration, reception, or information desk. The design should provoke innovative activities that stimulate and accelerate learning.

Site Selection

Rural populations across the globe face a mass exodus of their young population owing to the lack of education, health care, and employment opportunities among many others.

Moreover, Participants are to choose a site in a rural or remote context for the proposal, wherever they feel accessibility to knowledge may change the existing circumstance. The design should be well integrated into the context.

Also, The site selected should be in a dire need of connecting to education and learning. The site should justify the participant’s design.


Prizes of a total of USD 4000, broken down as follows:

1st Prize: USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication

2nd Prize: USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication

3rd Prize: USD 800 + Certificate + Publication

10 Honourable mentions: Certificates

Winners and Honourable Mentions will be on the Volume Zero website and in several international architecture and design magazines.

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


Puran Kumar, Studio PKA, India

Peter W. Ferretto, Condition_Lab, China

Lui Hanxio, LLLab, China

Ahmad Thaneem, 3dor concepts, India

Antonio Garza Ferrigno, Proyecto Reacciona, Mexico

Catherine Ranger, MGS Architects, Australia

Luis Ricardo, LLLab, China

Sebastian Irarrazaval, Chile


Early Bird Registrations:3rd March 2023 to 12th May 2023
Standard Registrations: 13th May 2023 to 15th June 2023
Last day for queries: 12th June 2023
Closing date for Submissions: 23rd June 2023
Announcement of winners: 1st September 2023


TINY LIBRARY 2023 – Architecture Competition is open to all. We invite architects, students, engineers, product designers, thinkers, companies, organizations, and everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. Also, No professional qualifications are necessary.

Registration fees

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)

Lastly, To join Tiny Library 2023 register with the website.


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