BAMB’s Reversible design competition

Submission: December 09, 2018
Registration: December 03, 2018
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Student Competition


The BAMB – Building As Material Banks – project has been working on developing and integrating tools including reversible design and materials passports in order to enable a systemic shift in the building sector, where dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy. Through design and circular value chains, materials, products and components used in renovations and new buildings can sustain their value over time. Instead of being to-be waste, buildings will function as banks of valuable materials – slowing down the usage of resources to a rate that meets the capacity of the planet.

Different strategies for design of reversible buildings whose structures could be reversed to the set of components / elements to adjust to changing functional requirements of buildings or create new building structures utilizing its components and materials.

For further information regarding BAMB project, have a look to BAMB’s webpage (

BAMB welcomes students of architecture and engineering from all EU universities to participate in “BAMB’s Reversible design competition”. The main goal of the competition is to twist the visions of young professionals-to-be towards the circular economy concepts in the building sector, its new opportunities and applications.

Using BAMB’s materials passports’ platform and BAMB´s reversible design guidelines and protocol, the competition invites students to release their ideas and innovative plans to design a reversible building that has flexibility and transformation capacity to change its function by time according to the changeable needs in order to embrace three temporary functions: commercial, residential and services.

This design competition aims to boost material circularity on one hand and support short-term and long-term use changes on the other hand. Also, the material health aspect is important to be addressed in order to minimize the use of hazardous chemical components in the materials that make up the products (e.g. heavy metals, pigments, halogen compounds etc.). The proposed final design should result in the use of easy exchangeable/dynamic parts of products and building components subject to easy customization and upgrading. The challenge lays in careful design that allows smooth transition from one functional scenario to another minimising construction and deconstruction waste, expressing the reversibility represented in its capacity to transform in function, size and shape.

To participate, all INDIVIDUALS and TEAMS must register by completing and submitting the registration form in the BAMB webpage.

Prizes and awards:

– 1st prize 1200 euros + certificate
– 2nd prize 500 euros + certificate
– 3rd prize 300 euros + certificate
– 3 honourable mentions

Go to the competition’s website

reversible design competition