120 HOURS is the architecture competition for students, by students. Its main objective is to increase the involement and commitment among the students of architecture. The competition is held once a year and is open to students worldwide.[1]


The competition format is based on providing students with 120 hours to solve a challenging and exciting task. The competition is then being judged by an experienced and respected jury, and the winners are given a solid cash prize.


The competition was founded in 2011 by three students at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO); Peder E. Brand, Hans Martin F. Halleraker and Magnus A. Pettersen.

It was founded as a response to what the founders saw as a lack of competitiveness among Norwegian architecture students. The founders also wanted to increase their fellow students' interest to participate in the current architectural debate, as well as their will to challenge conventions and limits through their important role as architecture students. They wanted to provide a venue for discussion and new ideas by creating a competition for students, completely independent from the schools of architecture.[2]

120 HOURS was originally meant as a national competition for students in Norway, but the competition soon experienced international interest. Today it has participants from every corner of the world, which is seen as a great challenge for Norwegian students. The diverse participation makes the competition an important stage for architecture students internationally.

120 HOURS 2013


  • February 1: Registration deadline
  • February 4: Competition opens at 2 PM, assignment to be downloaded from
  • February 9: Competition ends at 2 PM
  • February 23: Award ceremony in Bergen


All amounts in Norwegian kroner (1 USD is appx. 6 NOK)

  • 1st Prize: NOK 30 000,-
  • 2nd Prize: NOK 15 000,-
  • 3rd Prize: NOK 7 500,-


To be announced. [3]

120 HOURS 2012

In the 2012 edition of the competition, the city of Trondheim was set as a stage for both the assignment and the site. The task was to transform a cramped and dark courtyard in Trondheim into a good space for housing. The students were free to use the neighboring buildings, and also their rooftops.


Site: Moursundveita, Midtbyen, Trondheim

Background: The pressure of housing in the biggest cities of Norway is huge; people want to live in the city centers, but the market is narrow and expensive. It is especially difficult for young people to enter this housing market. Instead of responding to this demand by expanding cities in extent, we should focus on a better way to densificate the urban areas.

Assignment: In this year´s task the participants should explore how one can live on an unconventional plot in downtown Trondheim. How can you take advantage of the hidden potential that excists in such a site? The program should include residential functions. Any expansion of the program and the residential concept is up to you.[4]


  • Geir Brendeland (Head of Jury, Brendeland & Kristoffersen arkitekter
  • Cathrine Vigander, Element arkitekter
  • Sixten Rahlff, 3RW arkitekter
  • Ogmund Sørli, Pir 2 arkitekter
  • Hege Kongshaug (student representative), NTNU

General feedback from the Jury

The competition has a generally high level, especially given the short time the participants have had at their disposal. The jury is impressed by the quality and clarity of presentation. The proposals show a number of different approaches and good suggestions for the current housing debate. We have many square feet of developed area in Norway, and it is therefore a great potential in integrating and transforming the existing buildings to become a natural part of what we build. The jury thought this was lacking in several suggestions, and this was also an important discussion in the decision of a winner.


1st place

NOK 20 000,-

Crossing The Courtyard, Thilde Orluf and Kasper Reimer, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - School of Architecture

Feedback from the Jury: Crossing the courtyard is the proposal that best uses and transforms the existing situation. The existing buildings will be a natural part of the new architecture, and the integration gives new qualities to the area. The backyard has been given a number of new homes, without compromising on the expense of light, air and spatial qualities. The proposal is robust and flexible, and can withstand changes in the application, use and location. It can fit in several backyards, both in Trondheim and the rest of Europe, but it is also closely related to Moursundveita. This makes the project a long-term strategy. The proposal is well graphically presented, and the clear concept also provides room for further interpretation.[5]

2nd place

NOK 15 000,-

Pollinated Privacy, Adrian Rove Nordgård, NTNU and John Marshall, Oxford Brookes

Feedback from the Jury: The project that is rewarded with second prize is a powerful and poetic proposal. The concept can withstand expansion and dispersion, which is also shown on the charts. The single building will appear different from site to site, even though it appears similar in itself. The surroundings is being reflected and transformed. The mirrors give residents air and light in an otherwise narrow and dark courtyard. The jury is fascinated by the fact that the building has the ability to disappear into their surroundings, which gives the proposal a mysterious aggregate.[5]

2nd place (shared)

NOK 5 000,-

Another Layer and the Charged Void, Lap Ming Wong and Wing Yi Hui, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Feedback from the Jury: The way we should inhabit the roofs in our cities is an interesting discussion on densification. The proposal has an interesting and thorough way to exploit the roofs of the dense city. This is a smart way to attack the antiquarian issues related to building height, which is a central discussion in all European cities. The proposal has very high quality of its graphical expression, and you easily get lost in imagination by looking at the illustrations.[5]

2nd place (shared)

NOK 5 000,-

Hide and Seek, Elisabeth Amundsen and Anja Hole, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Feedback from the Jury: Several proposals have been working with a high density consisting of modules of different kinds. On a shared 3rd place is the proposal that the jury consider the strongest in this category. The project has a large number of residential units, which will provide space for many residents on a small site. The proposal is exuberant and playful in its call for self-construction. It has the potential to grow and spread, and will as such never be completed.[5]

External links


  1. 120 HOURS official website. 120 HOURS.
  2. "120 Hours of design". Design Calendar. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  3. e-architect. Retrieved on 8 November 2012.
  4. The assignment of 120 HOURS 2012. 9 January 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Official Jury assessment of 120 HOURS 2012
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