Submission: 27th February 2025 Registration: 17th February 2025 Location: Concept Language: English Prizes: View website Type: Open


Welcome to the Rural Readingscape – Library Design 2024 Competition, hosted by Archiol Competitions. We extend a warm invitation to architects, designers, and imaginative individuals from across the globe to partake in this creative endeavor.

In this competition, we aim to cultivate innovative and sustainable solutions for the design of a rural library. More than just a repository of books, this library is envisioned as a hub for community engagement, fostering a culture of learning, interaction, and collaboration. Embracing the essence of its rural setting, the design should seamlessly integrate with the natural environment, offering visitors a tranquil and inspiring space to explore the world of knowledge.

As participants, you are encouraged to unleash your creativity and ingenuity to craft designs that not only meet functional requirements but also resonate with the ethos of the community it serves. Whether through innovative architectural techniques, environmentally-conscious materials, or visionary spatial planning, we seek designs that redefine the conventional notions of a library and set new benchmarks for excellence.

Join us in this journey to envision a library that not only enriches minds but also nourishes souls, bridging the gap between literature, nature, and humanity. Let your designs be a testament to the power of architecture to shape lives and communities for the better. We eagerly anticipate your contributions to the Rural Readingscape – Library Design 2024 Competition.


The primary objective of this competition is to envision a library that serves as a cultural hub in a rural setting, fostering a love for reading, learning, and community interaction. Participants are encouraged to explore creative design solutions that reflect the unique needs of rural communities and contribute to the cultural and educational enrichment of the region.


  • Library Spaces: Design a variety of reading spaces, study areas, and community gathering zones.
  • Multifunctional Areas: Include spaces for workshops, community events, and cultural activities.
  • Technology Integration: Incorporate modern technology for digital resources and community connectivity.
  • Accessibility: Ensure the design is accessible to all, including differently-abled individuals.


Participants are free to choose any rural site for their design, but it should be a realistic location with the potential for construction. Entrants must submit site plans and explain the rationale for their site selection.



Encourage participants to demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their designs. The library should be adaptable to the changing needs of the community and provide a dynamic space for cultural and educational activities.



  • Environmentally Conscious Design: Integrate sustainable design practices, utilizing renewable energy sources and minimizing environmental impact.
  • Local Materials: Encourage the use of locally sourced materials, promoting sustainability and supporting the local economy.
  • Ecological Integration: Design with respect to the natural landscape, preserving and enhancing the ecological balance.



Participants are required to submit a comprehensive project proposal that includes:

  1. Architectural Drawings: Plans, elevations, sections, and 3D visualizations.
  2. Design Concept: Clearly articulate the design concept and how it addresses the unique challenges of the rural context.
  3. Sustainability Features: Provide a detailed explanation of the sustainable features integrated into the design.
  4. Community Engagement: Outline strategies for community involvement in library activities and events.



  • Top 3: Certificate + Interview + Publication + score card with inputs
  • Honourable mention: Certificate + Publication.
  • Shortlisted: Certificate.



  • Registration Opens: 16th February 2024
  • Registration Deadline: 17th February 2025
  • Submission Deadline: 27th February 2025
  • Winners Announcement: 27th May 2025







ADVANCED REG 01 Feb 16th – Mar 16th 2024 25 500
AR 02 Mar 17th – April 16th  2024 27 700
AR 03 April 17th – May 16th 2024 30 900
STANDARD REG 01 May 17th – Jun 16th 2024 32 1000
SR 02 Jun 17th – Jul 16th 2024 34 1200
SR 03 Jul 17th – Aug 16th 2024 36 1400
SR 04 Aug 17th – Sept 16th 2024 38 1600
SR 05 Sept 17th – Oct 16th 2024 40 1650
SR 06 Oct 17th – Nov 16th 2024 42 1700
LATE REG 01 Nov 17th – Dec 16th 2024 44 1750
LR 02 Dec 17th – Jan 16th 2025 46 1800
LR 03 Jan 17th – Feb  16th 2025 50 2000



  • Architecture Students group 
    • min. 5 participants from the same institution: 10% off on regular & late registration fee.
    • min. 15 participants from the same institution: 20% off on regular & registration fee.



Participants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Design sheets (2 -5) jpeg. / jpg. Format. (dimension: 30cm x 30cm,  file size: 25mb)
  • Design description with a title (Min. 300 words) – docx. / docs. Format



We collaborate with leading architects, designers, and academicians of international repute to participate as jury members in our competitions.


Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Design Innovation: Uniqueness and creativity in addressing the rural library’s design challenges.
  2. Functionality: The effectiveness of the library’s layout and its ability to serve the community’s diverse needs.
  3. Sustainability: Integration of sustainable practices and environmental consciousness.
  4. Contextual Sensitivity: How well the design harmonizes with the rural setting and its cultural context.
  5. Feasibility: Consideration of practicality, cost-effectiveness, and long-term viability.
  6. Community Impact: Potential positive impact on the local community and its development.



The competition is open to architects, designers, artists, and creative thinkers from around the world. Participants can enter as individuals or in teams (max. 4 members in one team). 

Date: February 19, 2024