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Calling all architect enthusiasts with a thirst for adventure—Design a Himalayan Mountain Hut for a chance at $5K in prizesApril 1st, 2015

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Nepal’s Himalayan landscape is famous for both its wild beauty and dangerous, inhospitable environment. HMMD has launched a design competition inviting architecture enthusiasts worldwide to design a Himalayan Mountain Hut that provides safe, comfortable, and inviting lodgings for trekkers to Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. The weather-resilient hut must be designed to hold a maximum of 20 occupants for one week and be suitable for adaptation and replication across the area’s many trails. No professional qualification is required to enter. A total of $5,000 in prize money will be distributed amongst the top three winners. The registration deadline is April 1, 2015 and the closing date for submissions is April 10, 2015.

April 1st, 2015

April 10th, 2015



3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected.

HMMD will award a total of US$ 5,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st prize winner - US$ 3,000

2nd prize winner - US$ 1,500

3rd prize winner - US$ 500

Samarth-NMDP is committed to the construction of the first Himalayan mountain hut during 2015 with all winning and honorable mention designs to be put forward for consideration for the final design of the mountain hut.

The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the HMMD website.


Competition is open for all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).


Allison Schwartz - architectural designer, MA Architects, USA;

Alona Martinez - lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom;

Andrejs Edvards Rauchut - 2010 Cooper Union graduate, associate professor at RISEBA;

Audrey McKee - architectural designer, Renzo Piano, France;

Carlos M Guimarães – architect, depA, correspondent of A10 magazine, Portugal;

Eva Otaņķe - planner, owner of "Cilderman Ltd", MSc. Candidate in Sustainable Urban Development at University of Oxford, Latvia;

Gemawang Swaribathoro - architect, OMA, Hong Kong;

Louis Gyoh - architect and academic, RIBA, MCIOB, FRSA, United Kingdom; Mandy Too - architectural executive - DPA, Singapore;

Simon McGown - project designer, Morphosis Architects, USA.