Entry for the Cool Ideas competition organised by BlueScope Steel for architects, building designers and specifiers is closing this month on 30 November 2010.  

The Cool Ideas competition was launched at DesignEx, Sydney in April to coincide with the launch of BlueScope Steel’s latest roofing products for commercial and industrial applications, COLORBOND Coolmax steel.  

The competition asks entrants to submit their ‘Cool Idea’ for a thermally-efficient workplace to enter a draw with a really attractive and large cash prize.  

Over 500 entries have already been received by BlueScope Steel including several innovative, amusing and unique ideas being put forward by the contestants.  

One of the unusual Cool Ideas submitted for the competition involved changing the layout of the office depending on the season by seating people closer together in the colder months and further apart in the warmer months to allow the air to flow between them.  

Another suggestion was to create a chiller room in the summer months where people could ice skate and lounge under palm trees sipping cocktails.  

Yet another idea involved designing a caravan with a COLORBOND Coolmax steel roof that could transport workers to the beach to cool down.  

The ‘Cool Ideas’ competition runs until Tuesday 30 November 2010 and will be judged by a panel of high profile industry experts.  

The winner will be announced in mid-December, 2010.  

The panel comprises of Justine Clark, editor of Architecture Australia, Bill Tikos, editor of The Cool Hunter as well as Adam Haddow, director of SJB Architects and winner of the 2009 Property Council Future Leader Award.  

Contestants can visit the COLORBOND website and enter the competition by describing their ‘Cool Idea’ to create a thermally-efficient building in 25 words or less.