TERRAFIBRA Award call for submissions
The TERRAFIBRA Award is a global award in contemporary earthen and plant fibre-based architectures. Its objective is to promote the aesthetics, construction perks and environmental benefits of 40 sustainable buildings. For those outstanding buildings to be fully recognized by both professionals and the general public, every stakeholder involved in the process must be acknowledged as well. Indeed, the objective of the award is to shed some light on remarkable projects while praising the courage of clients who have chosen mineral and bio sourced materials, the creativity of designers and know-how of craftsmen and contractors.
This award takes place after the first global TERRA award, organised in 2016, and of the first global FIBRA award, in 2019. Its aim is also to value the diversity of materials used intelligently.
Applications open until 3 March 2021
The TERRAFIBRA Award is open to new or renovated buildings, built on any continent, with a significant quantity of earth and/or plant fibres, and completed after January 2010. Candidates can apply online until 3 March 2021.
There are 10 categories: • Local development • Public cultural facilities• Public education and sports facilities • Commercial buildings• Collective housing • Individual housing• Rehabilitation • Interior design • Installation art (exterior or interior)• Educational project
Buildings with wooden structures are not eligible as they are the object of many awards already. The award relates to all earthen building techniques: rammed earth, adobe, cob, CEB, etc. and techniques involving the use of plant fibres: bamboo, reed, hemp, flax, straw, seagrass, mycelium, seaweed, etc. A wood structure project can be eligible if the wood is combined with one or several bio sourced materials.
40 finalists, 10 winners, a travelling exhibition and a book
In May 2021, a first jury will choose 40 finalist buildings that are composed of earth and/or plant fibres, offer innovative solutions, promote local resources and know-how while taking into account the aesthetics of the building. These projects will have international exposure through the travelling exhibition and an associated book.
In September 2021, the jury of honour will choose a winning project among the 40 projects, in each of the 10 categories.
Download the information related to this competition here.