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Contest launched for Himalayan mountain cabin

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An open international design competition has been launched for a mountain cabin in the Himlayas, Nepal

The contest – organised by Homemade Dessert and the Samarth-Nepal Market Development Programme (NMDP) – seeks ideas for a ‘clever and inventive’ structure which could be built at a variety of sites across the world’s tallest mountain range.

Designs must accommodate 20 people for up to a week in extreme weather conditions and be easy to construct in remote high altitude areas with scarce resources.

According to the brief: ‘The purpose of the Himalayan Mountain Hut is to provide trekkers safe, comfortable and inviting lodgings, where they and their guides can rest, refuel and, if necessary, wait out troublesome weather.

‘While there is no specified location for this Himalayan Mountain Hut, the proposal should be applicable to various different sites along trails throughout the Himalayas. It should form a unique, new quality product for Nepal to be adapted and replicated in all parts of the country.’

Judges include University of Plymouth School of Architecture lecturer Alona Martinez and OMA architect Gemawang Swaribathoro.

Three winners and six honourable mentions will be announced on 29 April. The first place scheme will receive around £2,000. A second place prize of approximately £1,000 and third place award worth around £330 are also available.

Samarth-NMDP will construct the first mountain cabin this year and all winning and honorable mention proposals will be considered for the final design.

The competition language is English and the deadline for registration is 1 April.

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