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Enriching the iconic from within
Le Corbusier, the famous Franco-Swiss architect, was one of the pioneers of what we call modern architecture. He often said: "The house is a machine for living". Villa Savoye is an application of the same idea. Although this machine for life cannot be used for long for its intended purpose, this monument, built in the 1930s, continues to inspire architecture-loving people around the world even today.

The challenge
Villa Savoye, originally designed as a house, is now equivalent to a temple for students and professionals alike and is currently open to visitors. How can we maximize and make this monument more conducive to this new function? How can this Villa become the next Archive Center for Architectural Knowledge?

The challenge here is to visualize modernist ideas for the contemporary world. Therefore, the new interiors can agree with or challenge Corbusier's ideas in the context of today's technology and architecture. It is obvious that the monument must not be tampered with in the process.

Villa Savoye was built between 1928 and 1931 in Poissy, one of the suburbs of Paris. The house was originally designed for the Savoye family as a country retreat. However, it was later bought by a nearby school after World War II in 1958. Several proposals were made to demolish it, it was saved and in 1965 it was designated a French historical monument.
Later, in July 2016, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The goal of this exercise is to visualize modernist ideas for the contemporary world.
The new interior can match or challenge Le Corbusier's ideas in the context of today's technology and architecture.
At the programming level, the proposed "fixes" should make it possible to host seminars, exhibitions, small conferences, etc. for visitors, in addition to the regular VIlla Tours that it currently already offers.
The participating designers are free to modify the programs as they intend to make this monument a center for knowledge of architecture.

Villa Savoye is located on the western outskirts of Paris in Poissy. The approach to the Villa is designed by imagining that everyone arrives by car. So, originally the owner passed between the pilotis to enter the garage. However this function no longer exists, now cars are not allowed inside the garden. This may be the key to thinking about a new way of approaching the site.

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Deadlines calendarRegistration deadline: January 25, 2020

  • For the submission of applications: 04 February 2020
  • Sending ends this day.
  • Public voting begins: February 14, 2020
  • Public voting ends: 06 March 2020
  • Results announcement: March 16, 2020


The value of the prizes is proportional to the number of entries received, for 495 - 500 entries the total prize pool will be $ 20,000 divided as follows:
  • 1st prize: 5000$ (for students and professionals)
  • Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (for students and professionals)
  • People's Choice: 4 x 600$ (open to all)
  • Honorable Mention: 12 x 500$
Subscription fee: The cost varies between $ 20 and $ 119 depending on the number of members.

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BOUN serves as a unit block for UNI in the field of urban design and furniture design. It serves as a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas for urban furniture designs happening at various levels. The program intends to get designers from around the world and encourage them to share their extraordinary design ideas. Through our urban/furniture design competition at BOUN, we intend to create a dialogue among designers where they have full freedom to create contextual and user-centric design. Our competition will identify and acknowledge young and budding designers from across the globe. This approach towards design would serve in refurbishing the profession’s identity and will help the product to reach masses through our leading media and industry partners.
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