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    Design competition creates colourful inspiration for young architects

    BlueScope Steel

    BlueScope Steel , a pop-up bookshop and enthusiastic young architects will all come together in a unique design competition at the upcoming 2014 National Architecture Conference in Perth.

    Some of Western Australia's most exciting young architects are undertaking the challenge of designing a pop-up bookshop for use at the conference. Open to student architects and those who graduated within the last 15 years, the competition invites design proposals for the Architext pop-up bookshop, using BlueScope COLORBOND steel as the major construction material. 

    To be chosen by a jury of the Australian Institute of Architects, the winning architect or team of architects will build the bookshop at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, where it will serve as a major new attraction for conference delegates.

    Creative director of the 2014 National Architecture Conference, Sam Crawford says the Architext bookshop competition provides a rare opportunity for architects to think about a piece of architecture that can be built quickly.

    Mr Crawford explains that a typical architecture project has a long gestation period, sometimes of many years; to realise a piece of architecture at speed is a luxury architects normally don’t have in their regular professional life.

    Competition entrants have been asked to take the Western Australian landscape as inspiration, and use COLORBOND steel's recently launched range of new colours: Basalt, Wallaby, Gully, Cove, Mangrove and Terrain.

    The bookshop, which will cover an area of 24 square metres in the conference foyer, must include functional shelving, display and point-of-sale units plus enough space for customers to sit and read the books.

    Sam Crawford says the competition jury is looking for architecture, which creates a compelling destination for conference goers.

    The deadline for entries to the Architext Pop-up Bookshop competition is Monday April 7.

    The 2014 National Architecture Conference will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 8 to 10.

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