European ideas competition for students and young architects
organised by Pilkington in association with Architecture Today.

Leading glass manufacturer Pilkington has joined with Architecture Today to sponsor a design ideas competition for architecture students and young architects throughout Europe. The competition, which will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges, is to design a house for the 21st century that demonstrates and exploits the architectural potential of glass. The site is located in the north of England. Prizes total 35,000 Euros with one overall winner plus regional winners and commendations in nine European regions. Winning entries will be published in Architecture Today and other leading architectural magazines.

Glasshouse entries will be judged by five leading architects: Pekka Helin, Sergey Kisselev, Ian Ritchie, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elías Torres and Mark Swenarton, who is publishing editor of Architecture Today and a technical representative of Pilkington.

Pekka Helin : Helin & Co Architects , Helsinki 
Sergey Kisselev: Sergey Kisselev & Partners, Moscow
Ian Ritchie : Ian Ritchie Architects, London
Matthias Sauerbruch : Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin 
Elias Torres : Torres Lapeña, Barcelona

Prizes total 35,000 Euros, comprising 
- For each of the 9 regional categories, a first prize of 2,000 Euros, a second prize of 750 Euros and a third prize of 250 Euros
- For the overall winner, a further 8,000 Euros to add to their regional winners prize, giving a total of 10,000 Euros
In all cases prizes will be allocated according to the judges' discretion. In addition special commendations may be made by the judges if considered appropriate.

Media partners
The following magazines have so far kindly indicated a willingness to act as 'media partners' in their respective countries: L'Architecture d'Aujord'hui (France), Bauwelt (Germany), L'Arca (Italy), Arquitectura Viva (Spain), Architekt (Czech Republic), Irish Architect (Eire), De Architect (The Netherlands), and Architektura-Murator (Poland).

Entrants are asked to design a house for the 21st century that demonstrates and exploits the architectural potential of glass. The winning schemes will demonstrate a creative approach to the use of architectural glass as part of an overall design of outstanding quality.

It is left to the entrant to determine the exact requirements, in terms of the number and age of persons to be accommodated, number and size of rooms, accessibility etc. Attention however should be paid to the following:
1. The scheme should address issues of energy-saving and ecological impact, both in the design of the house and in the relationship between the house and the setting.
2. The house should be designed for the changing work patterns of the 'digital era' and therefore allow for home-working by one (or more) members of the household. 
3. It should be suitable for occupation by the same household over a period of upto 50 years, allowing for the changes in requirements and lifestyles that may reasonably be anticipated over that period as a result of social and demographic changes. 

The house is to be located in a rural setting on a corner site on the Pilkington R&D centre in Lathom, Lancashire in Northern England (Latitude 53.34N/Longitude2.49W). The site is 37m long and 20m wide, bordered by minor roads to the north and east and a 3m high brick wall to the west and south. 

If desired the house can be built to the site boundaries but it must be no higher than 3m within 1m of the boundary.
The site is flat with views of the countryside to the north and east. 
If vehicular access is provided, it should be from the east or north, at least 10m from the north-east corner of the site. 

The house should demonstrate and exploit the architectural potential of architectural glass. For this purpose it may be useful to note that the following types of glass are available from Pilkington: Energy Management, Fire Protection, Noise Control, Safety, Security, Decoration, Glass Systems, Special Applications.

Energy Management
Clear glass is ideal for letting light in and keeping weather out but it is very ineffective at controlling environments. Buildings need to provide comfortable surroundings for their occupants and there is a range of glass from Pilkington which can help make the building an efficient performer in the use of energy. Energy management glass from Pilkington covers a diverse range of performance criteria to meet most environmental requirements - solar control, day lighting, thermal comfort and energy conservation.

Fire Protection
Pilkington is at the forefront in product testing and product development for fire resistant glass. The company also has a unique range of products which have been tested for both fire resistance and safety performance.

Noise Control
All windows provide a certain degree of noise control but when noise becomes more of a problem, the choice of glass is critical in providing effective solutions. Whether the noise is from road or air traffic or from machinery, Pilkington has a range of specialist glass to provide a comfortable internal environment, protected from the noise.

The term safety is applied to glazing used to reduce the risk of an accident by impact, fracture, shattering or fire. Safety glass can be required in both domestic and commercial uses and Pilkington has a variety of glass which can meet the safety requirements set down by law.
Security The term security is applied to glazing which is also able to withstand deliberate attack of various kinds. For these types of situations, specialist glass must be coupled with a suitable framing system to offer the level of protection required. Pilkington has a number of different types of glass capable of withstanding such attacks.

Glass is a highly versatile material and can be used to express individual's own taste and flair around the home. Decorative glass can bring privacy whilst also combining practical solutions with aesthetic appeal. Pilkington has a range of texture glass designed to bring individual flair and obscuration to homes and offices throughout the world. As well as texture glass Pilkington also produces mirrored glass for interior design in homes

Glass Systems
Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing systems can provide a complete glass envelope for building structures without the need for conventional frames or mullions. Pilkington Planar™ gives architects the freedom to design buildings using glass facades at their very best. Aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound, the Pilkington Planar™ system provides complete flexibility in performance, appearance and degrees of transparency. Pilkington Planar™ is another system which Pilkington produces which is technically advanced and offers system solutions to architects and contractors around the world.

Special Applications
Pilkington works closely with leading edge industry figures to produce some of the most imaginative uses of glass. Working with designers and specifiers alike, Pilkington has been responsible for curving glass which can be used in sculptures and for producing a low-iron content glass which does not have the traditional green appearance of standard glass.

The competition is open to
a) students (full-time or part-time) enrolled in architecture schools in Europe; and 
b) architects aged under 30 on 31st May 2002 residing in Europe.
Only one entry per person. Group entries are permitted but multiple entries are not. School projects (single or group) may be submitted as student projects. Entries must not have been made public in any form previously, nor should they have been entered for any other competition or award.

Regional categories
For the purposes of the competition, Europe has been treated as comprising nine regions with the following countries:

North West


North East

-The Netherlands

Central / Western
Central / Eastern
-Czech Republic
-Slovak Republic

South West

South East

Entrants must indicate their region on their entry forms.

Submission details
Not more than the equivalent of two A3 sheets (ie one A2, two A3, or four A4) are to be submitted, in flat packed form. The sheets should include:

- drawings (or collages) sufficient to convey the character of the proposal. These can be in the form of plans/elevations, perspectives, axonometrics etc. 
- a typed statement (maximum 200 words) covering both the use of glass and the overall design.

Entrants should write their name, Glasshouse reference number, address, phone number, e-mail and status (architect or student, with college name for the latter) on the reverse of each sheet. For group entries, the names of all entrants should be stated on the back of each drawing. Original drawings or models should not be sent. No disks or electronic data will be accepted. Responsibility cannot be accepted for loss or damage.

Glass product references
Supporting literature on relevant Pilkington glass products is available on the Pilkington website (www.pilkington.com/glasshouse). Product references may be included with competition entries but this is not a requirement of entry. 

Entry Form

The entry form is automatically included when you download the brief

As a condition of entry, all entrants are required to complete the Entry Form and enclose it with their submission. Please note that on this form you will need to include the unique reference number which you will have received when you registered on the site.

Should you require a new entry form, click here http://www.pilkington.com/glasshouse/Myimages/EntryForm.pdf to download.

Entries should be sent to arrive no later than 5pm (local time) on Friday 31st May 2002 to: 

Pilkington Glasshouse competition, Unit 1A Wirral Business Park, Arrowe Brook Road, Upton, Wirral, CH49 1QZ, UK

N.B. Any entries unaccompanied by the Entry Form will NOT be accepted.

website: http://www.pilkington.com/glasshouse/

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