The challenge for the participants was to design a Place of Faith that acts as a sanctuary for the secular world. The physical manifestation of this was open to interpretation. The program was supposed to be developed by the participants. In simplistic terms, the aim was imagining a space that is Sacrosanct. The people who will come here will remain true to their own religion, continue to draw from its power, and engage in peaceable dialogue with one another and with members of the world secular population. Participants were supposed to choose a site where they expected maximum impact from the project.
This competition was about making a space for that - a space for all, a space with no boundaries, a space with no aspiration of pleasing any one community, a space with no prejudices, a space of equality, a space for humanity, a space that could also be a place.
We are proud to announce the winners and honourable mentions, along with a list of Top 50 submissions shortlisted by the jury for ‘The Sacred Space: imagining a Place of Faith for the secular world’. We received an overwhelming response from 860+ Teams and roughly 2100+ Particpants who joined this movement from all over the world. All the participants have shown a magnificent level of creativity and extraordinary approaches in designing. All the Top 50 submissions are up for viewing on the website and published on various media platforms.
We invite everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, to join the competition and present their ideas. Participants are free to submit multiple entries but each entry needs to be registered with a separate email ID.
Alongside individual entries, team entries are also allowed. A team can have a maximum of three participants. Interdisciplinary teams are also welcomed to join. There is no age limit, however, entrants under 18 years of age must be lead or entered by someone over the age of 18.
INR 125000 + Publication
INR 50000 + Publication
INR 25000 + Publication
Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archdais website.
In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send them to with ‘FAQ’ subject until email@example.com 20th October 2020. We highly recommend our participants to check the FAQ section on the archdais website as this will provide additional vital information from time to time. All queries regarding registration process, fees, or payment should be sent on the same email address with ‘ENQUIRY’ as the subject.
Swinburne University (Director)
Sean Godsell Architects
Studio Nishita Kamdar
Harison & White Architects (Director)
Sean Godsell Architects
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