CTBUH 2021 Student Design Competition Winner Announced


Smart Cube+ took first place in the 2021 International Student Design Competition. 

18 NOVEMBER 2021


The 10th International Student Design Competition, kindly sponsored by TK Elevator, concluded on 29 October 2021, with the presentations of four finalists from a pool of more than 150 entries. After spirited deliberation, the Student Design Competition Second-Round Jury selected Smart Cube +/Fast-Assembling COVID-19 Prevention Olympic Village as the first-place winner. The winning team took home a US$3,250 cash prize.


The winning entry was presented by Chien-Hsun Chen, Han-Yu Lai, and Chun-Yi Yeh, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. The context for their design is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their athletes’ village is designed to prevent viral spread and minimize impact on the athletes’ health. The whole building is made up of rapidly assembled structures. It is designed to be divided between living layers, an anti-epidemic stratum, and athletic training layers, to reduce crowd risk and maintain the necessary training facilities for the athletes themselves.


The jury also selected the following projects:

  • 2nd Place: INFLUX

    Marijana Gajic, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (US$2,250 Cash Prize)

  • 3rd Place: Waste Rig - Pudu Eternal Market

    Nik Muhammad Idzham Shah Abdul Hadi, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Selangor, Malaysia (US$1,250 Cash Prize) 

  • 4th Place: The Seed

    Lee Ze Bin, Chor Zhao Gen, Lim Chen Hee, Tan Yu Qin, and Lau Chi Ying, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Selangor, Malaysia (US$1,250 Cash Prize) 


The competition consists of two juries.  The first-round jury narrowed the submissions down to 15 semi-finalists. The second-round jury narrowed down the projects to the top five finalists, and then selected the winners from the finalists.