Estonian web-based architecture marketplace start-up katus.eu, in cooperation with prefabricated house builders Nurban and Kodumaja, is announcing a competition for the design of modern prefabricated houses for sites in Stavanger, Norway and Ülenurme near Tartu, Estonia.

"With the help of internationally renowned architects from all over Europe we hope to gather progressive ideas in building with wood and achieve buildings that are contemporary and of high quality, yet low cost and easy and cheap to assemble," said Tiit Sild, CEO of katus.eu. The overall aim of the competition is to expand the knowledge of architects and prefabricated house producers and therefore increase the export capability of participating architects. The target groups of the competition are real estate developers and architects.

The prize fund for the competition is 19 200€. In addition to that, participating architects and architecture offices are offered the opportunity to use katus.eu as a selling tool and marketing platform for their work. 

Competition is focussed on two areas, Svertingstad Gård near Stavanger in Norway and Ülenurme in Estonia. Competition categories are row (terraced) houses and apartment houses, both set in different countries and different contexts. The houses will be manufactured by Estonian developers and marketed mainly to Estonia and Norway, but also to other markets. Estonia is the no 1 exporter of wooden houses in Europe with an annual sales volume of over 200 m€. Nearly 90% of the total production is sold outside Estonia, the main target markets being Scandinavia, Germany, and the UK, with partners reaching as far as Japan, South Africa and South Korea.

The competition brief can be downloaded from www.katus.eu/competition. Deadline for the competition is 26 January 2015. Winners of the competition will be announced in February 2015.