120 HOURS are proud to announce that we have partnered with one of Europe’s leading music festivals. This week, over 2,000 students from 80 countries will compete to design a new meeting point and icon at this years Øya festival in Oslo.
Over 1,500 aspiring student teams from over 80 countries have signed up for this years competition. The students have just 120 hours to design a new structure for this summer’s festival in Tøyenparken.
– The festival organizers are looking forward to seeing what kind of ideas the participants come up with. We strongly believe that the students are able to see new opportunities and solutions that can be of great help to us, says Jonas Prangerød, public relations manager at the Øya festival.
The students will design a pavilion and a centrepiece for the new festival site in Tøyenparken, Oslo. It is emphasised that the structure must give the audience an experience that is in keeping with the festival’s goal of creating sustainable entertainment. The jury will award projects that are able to define sustainability as an experience in itself.
– We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to work with the Øya festival for this year’s competition. For our participants, it is very inspiring to know that their project has can be built at one of Europe’s premier music festivals, says Magnus Asker Pettersen, co-founder of 120 HOURS .
Star -studded jury
One of the main reasons why 120 HOURS has grown to become one of the world’s largest student competitions is its formidable jury. Each year comprised of some of the most famous names in architecture. Heading up the this years jury is OMA-partner Ellen van Loon. She will assess the students’ contributions together with renowned architects Nanne de Ru, Eva Franch and Alfredo Brillembourg, -as well as representatives from Øya and AHO-student, Martin Brandsdal.
– We are pleased that we have managed to recruit some of the world ‘s leading architects to jury this years competition. This helps to strengthen our belief that what we do is not only important for the students, but also for the industry as a whole, says co-founder Hans Martin Halleraker .
Record breaking participation
120 HOURS was started in 2010, as an internal competition for students at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. In just four short years it has grown to become a giant in its field. The organisers report that the number of participants has tripled since last years edition.
– It is absolutely crazy, our mail boxes are packed with e-mails from students from all over the world. We hope that our competition can give students equal opportunity to prove themselves, no matter where they come from, says co-founder Peder Brand.
You can download this years assignment here
Enjoy the launch video here
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