Terra x Terra

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In architecture, a pavilion (from French Pavillon, from Latin Papilio) has several meanings. In architectural terms, it refers to a secondary building, that is either a standalone building or an attached part of the main building, generally an open structure. Etymologically, “Pavilion” has its roots in the French papillon (butterfly), alluding to a winged form, but also connoting a gaudy, ephemeral entity.

A Pavilion is a flexible open architectural space where people come and interact, often a part of the main building and can be freestanding or permanent in nature. It is usually larger than human scale giving it the ability to provide a more experimental enclosure to its visitors.

As simple as they seem, pavilions are the apex of creative implementation intersecting between art and form-building in the physical world.


The pavilion is an intersection of design liberty blending with architecture that gives it's designer a very flexible medium to leverage 3D spaces to express their ideas. Despite the variations in scale and their temporal existence, they have an exceptional quality to be an architectural example that is understood by a massive range of audiences with ease.

The form of a pavilion is freer to adapt to its inspiration in comparison to the architecture that we see around us. It can have a lot of functions like a shelter/podium/entrance porch and many such uses. It can be permanent or temporary depending on its functional requirements.

Terra x Terra is a challenge focussed on creating an architectural marvel that speaks for a more sustainable built environment for our coming generations.


Pavilion designs are generally seen across the world to develop mostly technology-oriented designs that are alien to the space they are installed in.

In the era of globalization, where almost every city in the world strives to look the same - A pavilion can be the most feasible ways to experiment with regionalism in civic life.

Most large-scaled buildings while framing the city do not lean into the public life, a pavilion has the exact scale to tingle the human scale - while negotiating for better architecture design in the spaces they are built-in.

In 2021, how can this new sense of building regionally sustainable pavilions materialize into a rational architecture solution that can be deployed across various sites for the tailor-made functions they serve?


Challenge: The challenge here is to design an architecture pavilion that speaks for a more sustainable built habitat of the future using contextual technologies.

The design problem is to create a proposition of a Pavilion on an existing terrace. The pavilion is intended to be a social Interactive space / Breakout / Rejuvenating space. This can fit multiple typologies like an office tower or a university. The design aim is to create shading against heat radiations from the sun.

Scale: The scale of the pavilion should be ample to seat 20-25 people, with a provision to install a snack bar/service pantry in 8 to 10 sqm.

Material: Any locally sourced material that is eco friendly for the skin. The structure can be either in terracotta, steel, bamboo or wood as per the participant’s choice.