Tiny Library 2021 Call for Ideas

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Tiny Library 2021 Call for Ideas

Tiny Library 2021 Call for Ideas now is over!

Tiny Library 2021 Call for Ideas: The Tiny Library 2021 Architecture Competition, an open ideas design competition recently organised by Volume Zero, invites students and professionals from all walks to participate in this year challenge.

Short description

The Tiny Library 2021 Architecture Competition is an open ideas design competition and now is calling for entries! With the world constantly evolving, there is a ton of information being formulated out there. The human civilization is expected to keep up with this change and evolve with this developing world to open up multiple possibilities for a better future. Despite all the information available around us, the only way to best access it, is through reading and self-learning. As a major tool for the 21st century, self-learning is an important skill that is to be refined for future generations as they journey through education and beyond. Participants are to design a Tiny Library optimized for 100 users engaging multifunctional spaces for all ages with a renewed spatial experience. The Tiny Library is to be equipped with traditional reading material including modern formats like e-books, audiobooks, audiovisual books, etc.

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

Participants are to consider affordability and optimum usage 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 400 sq. mt of built-up area and should also be easy to maintain by its users.

With libraries being a landmark to their surroundings, the design proposal should be iconic, inviting, and should create a statement of its own on the chosen site. Energy-saving components and sustainability are to be taken into account as well. The proposed design should be able to strike a balance between humans and their natural surroundings.

The space designed need not be limited to the standard activities viz. reading and self-learning space, sanitation space, ad-ministration, reception, or information desk.

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

Submission requirements:

A single A1 sheet must be submitted in JPEG format (150 DPI Resolution), file size not exceeding 5 MB.

Evaluation Criteria:

Concept Innovation: The participants have to design an innovative library space and create an exceptional space for users of all age groups

Site Selection: The participants are to select a remote location that needs accessibility to educa-tion. The entries will be evaluated on the basis of the site justification given.

Spatial Design: The entries will be judged on the basis of creativity displayed in the spatial design and configuration of spaces.

Functionality: The utility of the spaces apart from the pre-requisite educational purpose will be evaluated. The participants are to innovatively design the multi-pur-pose utility of the spaces.

The winners will be announced on 30th June 2021.

Who may enter?

The Tiny Library 2021 Architecture Competition invites students and professionals from all walks to participate.


1st prize winner - $ 2000 USD + Certificate of achievement
2nd prize winner - $ 1200 USD+ Certificate of achievement
3rd prize winner - $ 800 USD+ Certificate of achievement

The winning designs will be published on Volume Zero Magazine website and their international media partner’s websites. The winning team will also have an interview published.

Entry fees:

Entry fee starts at USD 70 during the Early Registrations period (04 Jan - 12 Mar). After that period ends the amount of fee will increase.

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