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“When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.” With each passing year
and subsequent technological advancement, man is becoming more and more
apathetic about the natural ecosystem he was once an indispensable part of. There has
been unprecedented destruction of nature and its key elements like forests, foliage,
wildlife and marine habitats in order to satisfy the whims and fancies of the human race.
It has and will lead to cataclysmic reactions like global climate change, loss of habitat,
depletion of natural resources and an increased risk of natural disasters.
Man can only understand nature and its components when he is ‘inside’ the natural
ecosystem and not in some arti cial built environment created by him. The human race
needs to get up close and personal with natural habitats to try and understand the very
essence of ora and fauna around it. He needs to understand Earth’s unique and diverse
geography, nature systems like seasons, climates, food chains, wildlife and foliage and
their symbiotic relationship with each other.
Amboseli National Park, located in Kajiado County, Kenya is a protected wildlife park i.e.
392 km2 in size at the core of an 8,000 km2 ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-
Tanzania border. Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli
National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. Amboseli comprises of ve di erent
habitats ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs,
the savannah and woodlands. Amboseli National Park o ers some of the best
opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long,
dry months. The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-
ranging bush elephants.
The aim of the competition is to design a free standing pavilion in the heart of Amboseli
National park that would allow visitors new ways to view and experience the wilderness
and be close to nature. The proposal must be a poetic response for a pavilion structure
in a very sensitive environment that would become the ‘eyes and ears’ for visitors who
want to connect with the natural ecosystem and re ect upon nature in its true spirit.

The pavilion should strive to become a ‘window’ for man to experience the natural vistas
as a new viewpoint of reference. The pavilion should be a ‘zone of contemplation’ for the 1/4
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visitors that would transcend their olfactory, tactile and visual experiences.
The participants must respect the context and design a pavilion with minimal
disturbance to the site. The volumetric and material composition should be modular and
permeable that adds vitality and a sense of identity to the space. The pavilion should be
a low energy structure designed on the ideas of durability and sustainability.
The pavilion should become a strong reference point that would generate awareness
towards the preservation of nature and adopt a cohesive relationship with the various
elements of nature.
You can download the detailed briefs (including other information and reference
material) by clicking on the DOWNLOAD tab at the bottom of this page.

Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st August 2018
Early Registration ends: 30th September 2018
Standard Registration starts: 1st October 2018
Standard Registration ends: 30th October 2018
Closing day for Submissions 31st October 2018
Announcement of Winners: 25th November 2018
*Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm – 00:00 IST (India).

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as
First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certi cate
Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certi cate
Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certi cate
10 Honorable mentions
Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several
international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.

Early Registration:
From 1st August 2018 to 30th September 2018
For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team) 2/4
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For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)

Standard Registration:
From 1st October 2018 to 30th October 2018
For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)
Entrants may register by lling the registration form and submitting it with the
appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website

Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture
school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.
Send us the following details at to avail the o er.
Names of all the participating teams members and their respective team leaders.
Name of the university.
School ID proofs of the team leaders.
It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration
including the names of team members once validated.


In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send
them to with ‘FAQ’ subject until 15th October, 2018. We highly
recommend our participants to check the FAQ section on the website as this will provide
additional vital information from time to time. All queries regarding registration process,
fees or payment should be sent on the same email address with ‘ENQUIRY’ as the
Please make sure that your questions are already answered in the FAQ section.

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