Elementorize - Architectural elements as buildings - Staircase


Elementorize - Architectural elements as buildings - Staircase




Registration Closes: 24th May 2021

Submission Deadline: 25th May 2021

Result Announcement: 22nd Jul 2021



Several elements build architecture, which sometimes is even tough to list. These elements can include compound objects like walls, floor, roof, to smaller parts like lights, furniture, or even tiles.

The designs for these elements have been changing from project to project – but their presence has been consistent across various applications and locations. Any building in the world is not complete without elements like door, window, stairs, - and these elements are extremely templatized. Call it for manufacturing ease or even to speed up the construction times – these elements are mostly fixed into buildings like blocks.

However – the ability to tap into these elements is one of the crucial ways a building interacts with people.

The building form may look all inspiring and elating. Yet, people use a building with its doors – windows, and staircases.

If manufacturing ease is a justification to overlook these finer elements, when can we learn to design these to deliver unique architecture experiences?


With a struggle to balance modularity architectural experiments focus a lot on optimization, we are skipping on the design possibilities on each of these elements in a way offered.

There are many examples around the world who magnify these elements to devise architectural marvels that transcend decades of memory and awe. From India Gate to the vessel, despite the timeline – architecture has not always been only about rooms but more.

The design challenge here is to use the element of a staircase – to devise an architectural scale building employing all its form characteristics and properties.

This can involve 3D volume, Shape, Proportion, Gravity, Structure, Usage, Etymology, almost everything that makes staircases special.

It is highly recommended to study the past and the futuristic use cases like the grand roman staircases to their replacements like escalators – etc. to decipher qualities that can be a part of your architecture outcome.

The design exercise is simplified into 4 straight forward steps to approach your final architectural outcome:

Explore properties:

Understand the properties of the element in question and synthesize its qualities that you wish to employ in your architecture.

Scale it up:

Increase in size, and develop an architectural form that uses the staircase typology in its physical construction.

Function fit:

Analyze and develop a function fit – with the physical form of the staircase and find a balance between architecture + form.


Fuse the entire architectural outcome into a functional building.


The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:

Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.

Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in the pre-design phase.

Program/Spaces: How the spaces are conceived along with the program.

Design Outcome The final architectural outcome of the solution.

The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions - which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill the above-given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.


For complete information on active prizes and details on the entry fee, visit the Awards & Fees section of the competition here:- Awards&Fees

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