Timber Pavilion

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Architecture Competiton: Timber Pavilion

Timber has been used in construction since prehistoric man first pulled down trees to make a shelter. And while in more recent decades construction has moved away from timber to materials like concrete and steel, it appears that timber could be making a comeback. Timber is regaining popularity as it’s one of the most sustainable and readily accessible building materials in use.

Timber is also an incredibly flexible material as it’s simple to machine into elements with great accuracy. It’s also lighter and more-easily moved and connected which reduces construction costs and times, all while having been found to have a positive aesthetic that improves productivity and concentration for those living and working in timber structures.

The first annual Timber Pavilion is a celebration of timber as a building material. Competition participants are tasked with choosing a site for a temporary timber pavilion that would function to showcase an exhibition about timber as a construction material. The pavilion should not exceed 50m2 and the contents of the exhibition should be included in the submitted designs.

The purpose of the temporary pavilion is to explore the history and merits of timber as a construction material, push the limits of its use and highlight its versatility and durability. The jury will be looking for projects that take an innovative approach to using timber in their designs, so creative thinking is paramount.


3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 6,000 €  in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – 3,000 €
2nd Prize – 1,500 €
3rd Prize – 500 €

ARCHHIVE Student Award – 500 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS
AAPPAREL Sustainability Award – 500 € + 50 € AAPPAREL.com Gift Card

+ 6 honourable mentions


Advance Registration: DECEMBER 14 – FEBRUARY 2
Last Minute Registration: FEBRUARY 3 – APRIL 27

Final registration deadline: APRIL 27, 2022
Closing date for submission: JUNE 8, 2022 (11:59 p.m. GMT)
Announcement of the winners: JULY 13, 2022

More: pavilioncompetition.com

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