Buildings constructed of rammed earth are found on almost every continent on the planet, created by compacting moistened subsoil which, when dried, form hard and dense walls, bricks or other structures.

Rammed earth is considered a green alternative to concrete, often used in the construction of eco houses and is becoming increasingly popular with environmentally-conscious architects.

The Rammed Earth Pavilion competition is part of a series exploring the unique benefits of different building materials. Participants are tasked with designing a pavilion to be constructed of rammed earth in a location of their choosing. The pavilion will host an exhibition on the material, the contents of which should be included in submitted designs.

The Rammed Earth Pavilion can be designed as either a temporary or permanent structure but should be no more than 50sqm. What is important is for design to be as creative as possible in their use and exploration of this ancient and sustainable building material.


3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Buildner (formerly Bee Breeders) will award a total of 7,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize - 3,000 €
2nd Prize - 1,500 €
3rd Prize - 1,000 €
+ 6 honourable mentions

Buildner Student Award - 1000 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS
Buildner Sustainability Award - 500 €


Early Bird Registration: 16 MAY – SEPTEMBER 6
Advance Registration: SEPTEMBER 7 – NOVEMBER 2
Last Minute Registration: NOVEMBER 3 – JANUARY 5

Final registration deadline: JANUARY 5, 2023
Closing date for submission: FEBRUARY 3, 2023 (11:59 p.m. GMT)
Announcement of the winners: MARCH 15, 2023



cash prize award: $ 7,358.00 USD