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International Finsa Award for Students of Architecture & Design 2019

Finsa, the oldest chipboard and MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) manufacturer in the Iberian Peninsula, is hosting its 2019 competition for students of architecture & design.

The International Finsa Award for Students of Architecture & Design 2019 aims to encourage and challenge students to explore and redesign the use of wood and other ecological and recyclable materials in construction. The organizers believe that the future in construction should continue developing this way and know it is possible to achieve.

The winning project will be built in the Woodside area of Birkenhead, and its designer(s) will be invited to supervise its construction.

Woodside is a small riverside locality in Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula, England, situated almost opposite Liverpool Pier Head across the River Mersey.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Reflect on the historical and geographical context, understanding the rich local history of Woodside that carries important meaning for the community.
  • Serve as a platform to invite and support a plurality of diverse voices and audiences.
  • House and be a focus for leading arts initiatives and activities and engage and collaborate with community groups active in the area.
  • Be a flexible or modular design that can be taken down easily and transported to other locations across to borough, where it will be used for other programming and create a sense of continuity for the community.
  • Be architecturally innovative and use solely or predominantly Finsa materials (a small budget has been set aside for exceptional additional materials).

Eligible to enter are students or graduates being no more than 5 years post graduate of Architecture and/or Design, as part of a team of 2 members or alone. The award considers the work of both teachers and students or short term graduates, all of whom will be acknowledged and awarded.