We seem to have forgotten that schools are the real ‘Temples of Innovation’ that shape children of the future. Schools are supposed to be ‘fun’ places that inspire wonder, creativity and innovation through the teaching and learning. Schools should offer welcoming environments that instil in us confidence to pursue our dreams and interests. Pedagogy i.e. the art of teaching faces a real test in today’s times for it has remained very stagnant and rigid in its discourse. Innovation in methods and practices of education has been slow and very limited. In most of the countries, schools have adopted a very general, mechanical and theoretical system of education that minutely focuses on problem solving, practical and experimental methods and most importantly, personal interests of children. Schooling environment, since the industrial revolution has done very less to revamp their gloomy, colourless, isolating and lifeless spaces.

Brain development between ages 5 and 12 is significant and understood. Cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists are intrigued with how cognitive capacities are affected by the architectural attributes and spatiality of a school environment.

The competition seeks the creation of a middle school (age group 5-12) that completely negates the present day ‘bench-table-chalkboard’ idea of a classroom and a regularized building typology of a school. The competition seeks ideas from participants to create a fun built environment for a middle school that understands the individual needs of each child yet being very collaborative in nature. The school should strive to create a new pedagogical space that emphasizes on people-oriented design in behavioural terms as they interact and use spaces.

  • Design a new way of learning in schools- that changes the functioning system of the present day school typology.
  • Create an innovative architectural and spatial environment that enhances the experiential and visual appeal of a school block.
  • Incorporate environment and landscape in a school block in a more ‘meaningful’ and dynamic fashion.

The site for the competition is located in Tempelhof, Berlin and aims to create an exemplary prototype for all the new world schooling systems to follow.


You can download the detailed briefs (including other information and reference material) by clicking on the DOWNLOAD tab at the bottom of this page.



Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st April 2016

Early Registration ends: 31st May 2017

Standard Registration starts: 1st June 2017

Deadline for Questions: 10th June 2017

Standard Registration ends: 29th June 2017

Closing day for Submissions 30th June 2017

Announcement of Winners: 24th July 2017

Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm – 00:00 IST (India).



Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:

First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate

Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate

Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate

10 Honorable mentions

Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.



Early Registration:

From 1st April 2017 to 31st May 2017

  • For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)


Standard Registration:


From 1st June 2017 to 29th June  2017


  • For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website




Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.

Send us the following details at to avail the offer.

  • Names of all the participating teams members and their respective team leaders.
  • Name of the university.
  • School ID proofs of the team leaders.



It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once validated.



Partner-Designyougo, Berlin (


Principal Architect- Eike Becker_Architekten, Berlin (


Editor, , London


Principal Architect, Tactile-Architecture, Berlin



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