Alp cocoons | Staying pods in the alps

SAVE Alp cocoons | Staying pods in the alps

Last Submission Date: January 11, 2022

Last Registration Date: January 10, 2022

Language: English

Country: Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Prizes: 24,000 $

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

The brief for the “Alp cocoons: Staying pods in the Alps” challenge aims to explore and innovate the concept of staying pods which are to be built in the heart of the Alps.

In locations like these everyone’s priority is to visit and experience the scenic place through exploration, adventure, and a peaceful mindset. Thus, the need for architectural interventions that help amplify and slow down the wonderful experience is needed. As time passes, providing such interventions at every spot becomes a challenge.

As the tourists aim for an intimate visit to the Alps they also expect some comfortable amenities. What can be done to give them both exploration and comfort?

Which will enrich and revive the tourist experience and expand their horizon? These pods are expected to act as a comfortable refuge to the hikers and travelers by providing them with cozy pods in ironically scenic locations that bring them one step closer to their natural abode.


  • Understanding the context: Understand the basic requirements needed for a fully functioning pod in the Swiss alps context. Create and conceptualize a kind of Architecture that merges and becomes an inherent part of the alps.
  • Interior scope and limitations: Study and understand the extreme weather conditions of the alps and their variations across different seasons. The minimum temperature, ancillary requirements that are necessary for the functioning and practicality of the pods are to be considered and proposed by the participants.
  • Material: Switzerland’s diverse context offers a variety of material palette options to choose from. Analyzing the pod location and its material requirements for both aesthetic and functional use is to be thought of.
  • Construction techniques: Construction techniques that are specially used and practiced in the mountainous regions especially in the swiss mountains are to be studied and understood to create a sustainable and practically buildable design.

For more information visit the competition WEBSITE.

Requirements / Eligibility

The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
This is a design idea challenge only. There is no built commission/realization associated with the problem.

Submission / Key Dates

Registration Deadline: January 10, 2022
Submission Deadline: January 11, 2022
Winner Announcement: March 10, 2022

About the Organizer

Unfuse serves as a unit for Uni in the field of Architecture. It intends to break the fusion of traditional design barriers and methodologies by making it a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas in architecture, urbanism, society, culture, and ecology. It is a research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers from all domains to explore ideas that go beyond the boundaries of architectural discipline and enrich our built environment; thereby opening up possibilities for the promotion of architectural thought at a global level.

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