About the competition

About the competition

Design a sustainable timber construction for a South African Family & Win one-week internship in Europe including Flight tickets and accommodation!


Basic information

Participants are invited to design a conceptual draft of a timber structure home for a South African family with three kids. No restrictions as to the size of the plot or budget and it is purely at the discretion of the author what will be seen as requirements of the family members.  

The objective of the Competition is to broaden a general interest in modern sustainable construction and offer young architects an opportunity to explore amiable housing design with environmentally friendly impact of the future. At the same time the Competition should open innovative construction concepts to the South African public, namely young families.  

The Competition is sponsored by the Wood Student Foundation, (in cooperation with the Hout Bay House research project members) and HWZ International South Africa. This will provide the Competition participants direct access to innovative sustainable building materials & concepts, e.g. cross laminated timber (CLT).

Winners & Prizes

1st place: 1-week internship in Europe incl. flight tickets and accommodation

2nd place: Weekend in the Hout Bay House for max. 4 persons

+ winners (registered SAIA members) will also receive CPD points  

Most popular project on Facebook: Lunch & wine tasting at at Creation Wine Estate for 2 people  

All participants who meet the Competition rules, hand in & present their project within the deadline, will receive a certificate of participation in an international architect competition.

why to participate?

Networking: Get connected with other South African architects & architectual students as well as producers of building materials.  

International team: Experience, solutions and inspiration from South Africa, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria and many other corners of the world.  

Sustainability: We all are responsible for the future of our planet, show your share and start designing sustainble architecture!   

Popular building material: CLT is earning recognition around the world as a construction material not only for residential housing but also in large public and commercial projects. Learn more about this modern construction material!

Win & Travel: Spend one week in Europe experiencing CLT production, visiting a building site and an architect to gain knowledge on sustainable construction.  

Be part of the change! Explore ways of making South African homes modern, comfortable, sustainable and yet affordable



Novatop logo

Novatop, producer of CLT Solid Wood Construction System, donates the internship for the Winner of our competition.

Creation logo

Creation Wines donates the Lunch & Wine tasting for the author of most popular project on Facebook.



Flyer - information about the Timber competition

Company address

4 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay

Office hours by appointment

Show house Hout Bay, visit by appointment

4a Helgarda Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town