Re-Utility | Using Grain Bins To Find A New Purpose

SAVE Re-Utility | Using Grain Bins To Find A New Purpose

Last Submission Date: January 04, 2022

Last Registration Date: January 03, 2022

Language: English

Country: Kansas City , United States

Prizes: 24,000$

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

Brief for the competition “Re-Utility” is to design a lodging center by repurposing steel grain bins in an innovative way.

Steel grain bins of diameter 21 feet are part of this challenge. The participants are required to use 12 such bins to create a space that can be used by the members of a farming community to lodge their trainees, visiting the farm for training. The lodges can be rented for 2-3 weeks.

The aim of the challenge is to understand how equipment of the past can be repurposed to meet the needs of the present. The recycling of the steel grain bins must be done conscientiously taking into consideration its various limitations.

The lodging centre is designed to accommodate agriculture enthusiasts and trainees who will visit the city farms, to gain knowledge about agriculture processes and trade. Privacy and interaction must be guided in the layout as per the nature of the activity.  The sociocultural, economic, and environmental settings of context are to be considered in the design.


  • Space Utilisation: Grain bins are huge entities built crudely and the redesign must use the bin space efficiently. The compact space can be serviced with modular elements.
  • Accessible: The design must be safe and accommodating to all users.
  • Ambiance: The planning, planning, ventilation, and materials must create a comfortable aesthetic and convenience for use.
  • Sustainable: The reuse project must be designed with minimal resources and waste to achieve functional output.

For more information visit the competition WEBSITE

Requirements / Eligibility

The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
The team limit for this competition is 4 members maximum per team.

Submission / Key Dates

Registration Deadline: January 03, 2022
Submission Deadline: January 04, 2022
Winner Announcement: December 30, 2021

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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