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Competition: Tiny Library 2021

India Architecture News - Jan 14, 2021 - 17:27   7119 views

Competition: Tiny Library 2021

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.

Despite its importance, education is largely inaccessible to various disadvantaged communities in both urban and rural areas around the world. The pandemic raging currently has come with its own set of challenges when it comes to learning or working distantly. While we face a future that we cannot foresee, the ability to adapt and learn is key. It is important to power the growth of like-minded networks. Hence self-learning through reading is the only way to equip ourselves and our community with the mobility we need to combat this unknown future. 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela Political Leader, Philanthrophist and former President of South Africa.


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 main- tain 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.

We encourage the participants to develop their programs. The space designed need not be limited to the standard activities viz. reading and self-learning space, sanitation space, administration, reception, or information desk.


Early Bird Registration: 9th January 2021 to 12th March 2021
Standard Registration: 13th March 2021 to 22nd April 2021
Last Day for Queries: 15th April 2021
Closing Date for Submission: 30th April 2021
Announcement of Winners: 30th June 2021

Download the competition brief here. Read more information about the competition here

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