Winners Announced!

The Challenge

Throughout history, architects have designed small independent structures, pavilions, that marked the landscape. They often displayed formal and sculptural qualities, having to address many viewpoints. They acted as a destination, terminating an axis or as a window, framing a scenery.

In this competition, the challenge is to create a pavilion solely made of steel, whose surfaces are to define a volume as well as a space, depending if we see the pavilion from a distance or from within. The pavilion’s shape and material qualities should establish relations with its surroundings. The site is an open site at the student’s discretion. The scale is what is deemed appropriate for its context.

Investigations in the types of steel, textures, surface treatments and colours are to play an important role in defining the pavilion’s identity. Students should specify the type of steel (carbon steel, weathered steel, stainless, …), the surface finish (natural, weathered, brushed, gun blue, galvanized, painted) and the finish quality (AESS categories). Steel members and steel plates are to compose the pavilion’s architecture. Connections can be welded or bolted, seamless or expressed.

The proposal must include a site plan at a scale that includes significant element in relation with the pavilion, plans of all levels (1:50), 4 elevations (1:50), 2 cross sections (1:50), 1 connection detail (1:5), images of the type of steel and its finish, AESS categories in a chart (the pavilion can have more than one AESS specification, indicate to which part each category applies). Submission should be presented on maximum three horizontal A1 size boards.


October 15, 2018Competition announced
May 17, 2019Deadline for receipt of entries
June 21, 2019Announcement of winners and publication of winning entries
October 3, 2019Award of Excellence presented at the CISC Canadian Steel Conference in Montreal and exhibition of the winning entries
November 2019Touring exhibition of finalists

Details and Past Winners

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