Edition Dubai 2018

Contest task 2018

As the world is becoming increasingly urban and cities are becoming larger and more densely populated thus increasing our energy consumption as well as the CO2 emission, specific actions to reduce the negative effects are required.

Overall, the building sector is responsible for 40% of the total energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the world demanding a new way of designing each new project and each new renovation.
Sustainably development of the cities is today a key question all over the world.

With a population that increased over 100 times in the last 70 years while its urban fabric expanded 400 times in the same time period, Dubai is today one of the pioneer cities when it comes to sustainability
The task for 14th International Edition of Saint-Gobain Student Contest developed by ISOVER in close collaboration with Dubai Municipality and Dubai Properties Group is the development of a vision for a transcultural vibrant community development located in the perimeter of Cultural Village of Dubai.


The participants will have to create a sustainable architecture integrated into the urban space while responding to Saint-Gobain MULTI COMFORT Criteria and taking into account the climatic conditions and regional context of the site and of Dubai. The design should be sustainable, innovative (original and creative) and should drive the city further.

Beside construction, the social and economic aspects have to be considered and the proposed solution should give a new impulse to the site area

The architecture has to fit in the surrounding of the site. Urban space solutions for the immediate surroundings of the site will be proposed.

The overall scope of the task is to propose a solution for future constructive approach to a sustainable community in Dubai.




1st prize

South Africa
Vahin Parmananda
Mthokozisi Sibisi

2nd prize

Veronika Supruniuk

3rd prize

Tobias Bretz
Dill Khan

Special prize

Joanna Wnuczek

Special prize

Alejandra Gonzаlez
Paulino Poveda
Santiago Rodriguez

International Stage

Saint-Gobain presented the awards for the international final of its 14th Multi Comfort House Students Contest following the competition held in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) chaired by Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint-Gobain group, and Mr. Dawood AbdulRahman Al Hajiri, Director General of Dubai Municipality.

Created in 2004, the objective of Saint-Gobain’s students contest is to develop a project based on the principles of the Multi Comfort concept: an optimum indoor environment ensuring the right level of fresh air, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort provided in a sustainable and energy efficient manner.

The task for the 14th international edition of the Saint-Gobain’s MULTI COMFORT HOUSE STUDENTS CONTEST, developed in close collaboration with the Planning Department of Dubai Municipality and the Dubai Properties Group, consisted in creating a vision for a transcultural vibrant  community development located in the perimeter of Dubai’s Cultural Village, a multi-purpose area located along the Dubai’s creek Al Jaddaf shoreline. The challenge lay in Dubai’s very hot and humid climate. Students had to find a way to reconcile the reduction of energy  consumption of cooling and ventilation systems with a beautiful and highly efficient building envelope. This without compromising any of the inhabitants’ comforts, and while providing optimum connection with the environment and having a minimum impact on it.

“Again this year, this 2018 Multi Comfort Students Contest will be noted in the records for the high-level quality of the projects submitted by the students. I am always amazed by their innovative spirit to use the Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort solutions to create better and great living places everywhere. Congratulations to all of them!“, said Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO of Saint-Gobain.

"The MULTI COMFORT HOUSE STUDENTS CONTEST sheds light on the incredible efforts of a young generation of talented architects who will be key contributors to ensuring that Dubai will enjoy a sustainable environment in line with our leadership vision", said Mrs. Samira AlRais, Senior Director of Policy and Strategy, Sustainable Development from The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai.

The first prize was awarded to Vahin Parmananda and Mthokozisi Sibisi, from University of KwaZulu-Natal in Southern Africa.
The second prize was for Veronika Supruniuk from Brest State Governmental University Belarus
The third prize went to the students from Germany, Tobias Bretz and Dill Khan from Hochschule Darmstadt.

During this edition, two special prizes were awarded. The winners were Alejandra González, Paulino Poveda and Santiago Rodríguez from Spain and Joanna Wnuczek from Poland.

David Basulto, member of the jury and Founder and CEO of Arch Daily, added: "The MULTI COMFORT HOUSE STUDENTS CONTEST provides a unique and strong framework for students to develop their skills, by operating on a real site and dealing with the challenges of comfort on extreme conditions".

50 competing students’ teams from 28 countries presented their projects in four pitch sessions to an international jury including representatives of the Dubai Municipality, architects and experts.


Online trainings

Task Presentation. General Introduction to the site
Acoustic Comfort - Sound Insulation
Acoustic Comfort - Interior Acoustic
Visual comfort - Day light criteria
Thermal comfort MCH Designer