Reinventing Gwalior’ 16

Submission: April 28, 2016
Registration: March 15, 2016
Language: English
Location: Gwalior, India
Prizes: 1st Prize: INR 50,000, 2nd Prize: INR 30,000, 3rd Prize: INR 20,000
Type: Open


The aim of the competition is to design a School of Music and Arts particularly responding to Indian Classical style of music at the proposed land by Gwalior Municipal Corporation. The composition of a musical piece and the structure of a building follow the same design principles.

Hence, the design solution should aim to achieve the following :

• Following the Design Principles defining the structure of a building and a music composition.
How architecture relates to Music? The same characteristics that please the eye also please the ear. Musical terms such as rhythm, texture, harmony, proportion, dynamics, and articulation refer both to architecture and to music . If we stress upon the architectural forms and their outlines of plans and elevations, we will find that these forms represent a beautiful portrait of art, which provides the same feelings when we listen to a good music symphony or composition.

• “Architecture is an expression of values” Defining the role of architecture relating to today’s society and the culture.

Design a contemporary icon for the music gharana and the historic city–Gwalior, though it does not necessarily mean that Gwalior should be the focal point while designing but in general the Indian Classical music which is losing its charm and popularity in today’s society. Blending and Integrating Music, Architecture, Society and the Indian culture to produce a responsible and distinctive design.

• How does architecture affect our emotions and what kind of design interventions can be made which have an effect on our emotions.

Aesthetics have been stretched to encapsulate so many uses that we now live in a homogenised environment and find it hard to distinguish one building’s use from its neighbour’s. In fact, we barely see most of the architecture that surrounds us, as it becomes a kind of background hum, to be noticed only when it is exceptionally big, ugly, or exceptionally beautiful. Architecture should still strive to move us, to make us feel a particular way. Like a piece of music, architecture has the ability to influence mood, yet so much of the foreground to our streets lacks emotional sensibility.


Early Registration:
From 25th January to 28th February 2016 INR 1200 (per team)

Standard Registration:
From 29th February to 15th March 2016 INR 1800 (per Team)

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

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


  • –  Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered.

  • –  Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
  • –  Registration number is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition.
  • –  The registration fee is non-refundable.
  • –  Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
  • –  SqrFactor as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.


• Your proposal must be presented on maximum two landscape oriented A2 sheets using any techniques of your own choice (sketches, diagrams, 3D visualizations, model photos, CAD drawings, etc.)

• All text must be in English. All delivered material must be marked with your team code, presented clearly in the top right-hand corner of BOTH your sheets. Your sheets must not include ANY information that may give away your identity. Do NOT include your name on your sheets, only the team number.

Format: A single folder (TeamCode.zip) named as your team code containing the following files must be submitted via email to submission@sqrfactor.in

High-resolution PDF containing both A2 sheets for your project. THE MAXIMUM FILE SIZE IS 10MB FOR THIS FILE.

THE NAME OF THE FILE YOU SHALL USE IS: TeamCode.pdf SUBJECT OF EMAIL : Subject of the email must be your team code.


First Prize- INR 50,000/- + Certificate

Second Prize- INR 30,000/- + Certificate

Third Prize- INR 20,000/- + Certificate

Top 10 Entries except top 3 winners will be awarded INR 5,000/- + Certificate

5 Special Recognition and Awards for the Teachers/Mentors having maximum teams in top 50 short-listed entries.

Top 50 – Fifty short-listed entries featured in one single online publication on our blog and social media pages. Winners and honourable mentions will be published on Sqrfactor’s website.

Go to the competition’s website