tree house park - young architects competition


Submission: March 15, 2021
Registration: March 15, 2021
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Tree House Park Design Competition for Young Architects New urbanism for nature, activity and public space. The Tree House Park Competition calls on young architects to envision tree houses in daily urban life as a new typology bringing man and nature closer together. The Istanbul based GAD Foundation, the organiser of the competition with partners Ege Yapi and Casper Computer, offers a total prize of $15000 in awards and $8000 to the winning design and the opportunity to build the proposal.The design project selected 2nd will be awarded $4000 and 3rd will be awarded $2000.

The competition launched January 2021 requires registration with a “Statement of In- tent” and portfolio due March 15, 2021 . Design proposals need to be submitted by April 1, 2021. Award winners will be announced on May 15, 2021.


The “Tree House Park” competition seeks to extend design insight into architecture em- bedded and in harmony with the natural world with trees and tree habitation as the focus of ecological design. This competition proposes generation of architectural ideas also for outdoor activities for a forested area that could also be suitable for implementation in protected green areas throughout the city of Istanbul as an example of the conservation of nature within cities at a global scale. Interaction and activity with and in natural environment is a key focus of the competition.

Competition for Young Architects, Two Phases

The competition will be organised in two phases and is open to all young architects 30 years of age and under who seek to explore the ecological possibilities of architecture for the 21st century. Competition registration is free.

1st Phase

The 1st phase will require entrants to submit a “Statement of Intent” of 500 words or less and a portfolio of relevant work due on March 15, 2021. Entrants can register individually or in groups. Those entrants registering as a group will need to submit one consolidated portfolio representing their group with a group name.
2nd Phase

The 2nd Phase will start on April 1, 2021 with the publication of the 10 finalists chosen from the first phase. All finalists will be awarded a Casper VIA L30 Tablet Computer. The Jury will select a winning scenario to be awarded the $8.000 main prize and invitation to build. Two other projects will be awarded $4000 for 2nd prize and $2000 for 3rd prize each for innovative design ideas that add to the improvement of urban life.


The competition is set in a 19.250m2 site in Istanbul, Turkey, in a forested area in the district of Cekmekoy, a low density residential zone on the Asian side of the city. It is home to 265,000 of Istanbul’s 15.5 million residents and has witnessed rapid urban growth in the 2000s and 2010s. Cekmekoy is today a mix of low and high-density housing but also contains natural areas with wildlife and indigenous forest. The competition is organized by GAD Foundation in partnership with Ege Yapi and Casper Computer. The partners are stakeholders in sites neighbouring the competition site and are invested into improving the surrounding areas for the benefit of the public at large with the cooperation of local government and agencies.

The GAD Foundation

The GAD Foundation located in Istanbul, Turkey works to positively affect practice and theory with a focus on education, society and their intersection in architecture, politics and urban development. The GAD Foundation team organizes workshops, arranges internships, curates exhibitions, creates student exchange programs, writes and publishes books, engages architectural figures with students and society.

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<