Stars Of Tomorrow To Design Major New Ecobuild Feature

Ecobuild has announced the creation of a major new destination as part of its 2016 show, a feature that will be designed by students from the Bartlett School of Architecture.

The DISCOVER bar will be a key social area for the show, facilitating networking and meetings. It will also be home to a display of ingenious materials which are coming to the construction industry to meet future needs.

In line with Ecobuild’s focus on design and next generation, a competition is being staged, in conjunction with stand sponsor Medite-SmartPly, to create the DISCOVER bar. The competition will challenge students from renowned architecture school The Bartlett to create a highly engaging design for the area which will make it a distinctive oasis within the busy exhibition floor, honing their design skills in a real life application whilst providing exposure for their work.

The winning design for DISCOVER will maximise the use of sustainable materials, including Medite MDF and SmartPly OSB, in line with Ecobuild’s goals to ensure that the show minimises environmental impact. The architectural students will also have to show how materials used will be disposed of after the show as part of their submissions.

Dr Guan Lee of The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, commented:

“The Bartlett is delighted to team up with Ecobuild on a design collaboration for the DISCOVER feature. This is a great opportunity for our UG10 students to design and build an architectural pavilion for the 2016 show and for their work to be seen by an international and diverse architecture community at Ecobuild.”

In addition to being the show’s social hub, all shortlisted entries across 13 categories of the BD Architect of the Year will be displayed within DISCOVER, before the winners are announced on the evening of Ecobuild’s Architecture day. The BD Architect of the Year awards is one of the most prestigious in the UK and distinguished from other awards by honouring practices’ overall achievements within particular sectors.

DISCOVER will also being displaying the shortlist for Ecobuild’s Big Innovation Pitch 2016. The initiative sees Marks & Spencer again teaming up with Ecobuild to provide a platform for companies to pitch innovative sustainable building products and solutions in the hope of becoming a potential supplier to the leading international retailer. The 15 shortlisted entries will be whittled down to five finalists who will make their final pitch to judges on day three of the conference before a winner is chosen.

Martin Hurn, Ecobuild Event Director commented:

“DISCOVER is about discovering people, products, innovations and award winning projects. It will truly be a special destination within the show for visitors, enhanced by an architecturally thoughtful design. It will provide a social meeting place and an opportunity to network with colleagues and peruse the fantastic entries for the Architect of the Year Awards and the Big Innovation Pitch, not to mention take a look at some future construction materials. It will crystallise a lot of what makes Ecobuild great in one place.”

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