Turf – Student Housing Design Challenge

Submission: October 5, 2021
Registration: October 4, 2021
Language: English
Location: Manila, Philippines
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Design a student housing community that caters to their function as well as psychological needs.

The main challenge to be addressed is to find ways of making the design economical but in a charming way. This housing must be designed to cater to a diverse group of students, so access and layout must be planned accordingly.

The units must be designed in a modular manner so that they promote equality. The customization will be left over to its users. The function of the housing must be achieved in an inventive spatial design with a good form aesthetic. Creating safe and comfortable spaces must be a top priority.

Community housing is all about group living and it is necessary to provide ample opportunity to occupants to engage with nature as well as their peers. Isolation and depression is a common issue in students and this can be tackled with social design.


Modular: All units in the community must be uniform in size and design.
Context: The site conditions and location will play a major role in the design of the community.
Economical: the design proposed must offer an economical solution for student housing.
Efficient: functionality balanced with aesthetics, creativity, and comfort achieved with minimal resources and smart solutions/interventions
Social: the design must provide spaces for community interaction, gatherings, and events.


Manila is the most densely populated city in the world. A population of more than 22 million lives on urban land of 1400 square kilometers. The city has a huge population of students who are enrolled in institutes and universities, but the high density and demand are creating a shortage of living accommodations.

Site area – 6478 sqm
Max. Builtup Area – 2 x (Site Area )
Ground coverage – 35%
Height Restriction – 17m (Underground construction not permitted)


The facility must be provided to accommodate 500 students in twin sharing (250 units) and 100 students in solo studio rooms (100 units). Amenities required such a community hall, recreational activities and sports areas must also be included. Any extra spaces that can be provided within area limits. Focus on the context must be given. Parking spaces for 300 Scooters/Moped – and 50 Cars to be included within site.


  • Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
  • Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
  • Maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4
  • The challenge is open worldwide for anyone to participate.


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