The Archhive-Books' Portable Reading Rooms is an international Architecture Competition organised by
This competition is a chance for participants to create designs specifically for a community, challenging local leaders and city councils to invest in public spaces and improve access to reading resources.
Despite the growing presence of digital devices, the demand for physical books remains as strong as ever, and with good reason. Research has shown that readers of printed books absorb and remember more information about the plot of a book than those using e-readers, likely due to the tactile sensation of handling a physical book, turning its pages and feeling how far you have progressed. Even children as young as three benefit from being read to from physical books, becoming more engaged and finding the story easier to remember. Researchers theorise that this is because they are less distracted than by electronic devices.
In order to help make books more accessible, and reading more encouraged, ARCHHIVE BOOKS are calling for submissions for the ARCHHIVE BOOKS' Portable Reading Rooms architecture competition. This competition is seeking designs for a small structure that could be embedded within existing public spaces in multiple locations around the world. The Reading Rooms would have to function as an intimate meditative space in which people can read and exchange books.
The Reading Rooms would have to function as an intimate meditative space in which people can read and exchange books.
For the ARCHHIVE BOOKS' Portable Reading Rooms architecture competition, the structure would need to be highly versatile so that it could be located in various locations, and could function in any climate and any season. Though their functionality could change throughout the year - operating as a simple book exchange box during colder months and a more immersive and interactive reading experience during milder weather - the Reading Rooms should have the potential to enrich the community in which it is placed.
Participants have total creative freedom when conceptualising the design and functioning of the Reading Rooms, in fact, they need not even be a physical room. As long as they are a welcoming and nourishing environment that encourages reading, the Reading Rooms can be as open or closed off as you like.
Participants may propose which countries and cities they feel would benefit most from their Reading Rooms designs, however it is still important that submitted designs remain versatile and portable enough to be located anywhere in the world.
It should be temporary structure, that could be transported to another location if necessary.
• Participants are required to upload 4 x A2 landscape-orientated presentation boards (must not exceed 5mb per jpg) with sketches, renderings, plans, sections, elevations, diagrams, and/or other presentation tools to explain their proposal.
• No video files are accepted.
• All information provided in writing must be in English.
• All submissions must be uploaded via the beebreeders.com upload panel.
• Only 1 proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
To participate in this competition you can register until October 18, 2019.
The most successful designs will be those with the scope to change the world as well as individual communities.
ARCHHIVE BOOKS will invite selected city councils from around the world to construct the winning design entries, and consider donating funds to partially cover the required construction expenses.
Consultative jury will select 40 shortlisted from all submitted entries, after that core jury panel will evaluate the 9 finalists and select the top 3 winning projects and 6 honorable mentions.
Announcement of the winners is scheduled for 06 December, 2019.
• Early Bird Registration (May 13 - June 14) is US $80, instead for a students is US $60.
• Advance Registration (June 15 - July 18) is US $100, instead for a students is US $70.
• Last Minute Registration (July 20 - October 18) is US $120, instead for a students is US $80.
The Archhive-Books' Portable Reading Rooms is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).
Bee Breeders will award a total of US $5,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:
• 1st Prize US $3,000
• 2nd Prize US $1,500
• 3rd Prize US $500
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS
The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website.
Bee Breeders will acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.