At the beginning of the first day of the contest, the students could examine the 40 submitted projects which were exhibited in the creative and respectful atmosphere of the Architectural Faculty's Great Hall at the University of Belgrade. Afterwards, the teams highlighted the main ideas behind their designs in a short expose, which prompted a discussion between the students about the MULTI COMFORT HOUSE approaches utilized.
The student presentations enabled the jury to obtain a better understanding of the submitted projects. Finally, the judges had to make a difficult choice and spent the whole afternoon to examine ten excellent projects. In following, the jury compared the best projects in order to determine the winners.
Meanwhile, the students had the chance to see the capital's sights during a boat tour on the Danube and Sava rivers, a bus tour through Belgrade's old and new districts, and a walk to the city fortress and through the city center.
In the evening, the prizes for the Architectural Students Contest were awarded and then celebrated with a big party.
The task of the International Saint-Gobain Student Contest 2007 was to design a detached house for one family. The choice of location was unrestricted, although the house should take a favorable passive-house form and be suited to its surrounding natural and cultural environment.
Particular emphasis should be placed on feasibility and thus also on effective constructional and cost-efficient solutions. In addition, social and ecological aspects of living should be elaborated by means of coupling and/ or grouping the basic design of the house.
1. Details of the task in 2007
The choice of location is completely unrestricted. The property can be chosen freely and must be represented on a site plan. For the purpose of better illustration, the property or the surrounding natural and cultural environment should be photographed (the site for construction needs not to be real in the legal sense).
A detached, one-family house should be designed by using the passive-house construction method; the house should accommodate a family of 4 persons (2 adults and 2 children). It should also be suited to its natural and cultural surrounding environment. Particular emphasis should be placed on feasibility, which in turn requires effective constructional and cost-efficient solutions.
In addition to the design of a detached, one-family house, proposals may be made regarding the coupling or grouping of several houses, which would offer a better social and ecological quality.
Residential building for a family of 4 persons: usable area of 120-150m2 (excluding stairs)
Storage rooms and/ or cellar: 60-80 m2 in total
Parking area for 1 car and 4 bicycles
Creation of a specially designed external space (e.g. terrace, yard, etc.)