Bois Franc 2016

The Luxury Estate Grand Show takes place once a year in cities around the world. It is a two stage Ideas and design-build Competition with the aim of identifying innovative proposals for new free standing Residential houses this year in Montreal Canada that will be built immediately.The competition is both a race that pushes the boundaries of the concept of house design and an opportunity for exposure.

The competition is open to anyone worldwide including designers, architects, landscape architects, artists, engineers and students and all professionals in areas related to architecture.

We invite you to create innovative solutions to tackle the challenges presented, with the winning designs demonstrating a high degree of expression and creativity in fulfilling new ideas for housing, addressing innovation, sustainability, efficiency, and aesthetic. The entire concept of the competition revolves around the selection of cutting edge, futuristic residential home designs that reflect and are adapted to modern days, those that includes elements of comfort, energy balance, aesthetic, practicability, and efficiency, all geared towards a futuristic concept of the residential home building. cropped-Bois-Franc_St-Laurent_Qc._124990974.jpg

The competition comprises of a two-stage selection process from which a jury will select a shortlist of up to 30 winners selected to move to the second round.

From the shortlist, exhibitor will evaluate and choose the architect or team design that applies to them, select their choice and directly proceed with 1Habitat1 and its Exhibitors to create an original construction document for the build. Each of the chosen Architect or team will receive $10,000 for their final design done in conjunction with each client. The final build is voted on by the public in open house, the top 3 winners will receive an additional grand total of $30,000 plus competition awards trophies.


10 lots of 668 -1,240 square meters, with 19-meter average frontage and 33-meter average depth in the Saint-Laurent, Montreal. Bombardier has made available a lot covering more than 20 million square feet, land left vacant following the closure of the Cartierville airport

The basic concept is to offer residents an exceptional quality of life thanks to its green spaces, 20,000 trees already planted, its numerous lakes and open squares, and its proximity to downtown Montréal.

In front of the Bassin de la Brunante there are short streets their names drawing their inspiration from aerospace, exploration, nature and geography: Charles-Darwin street, Nelligan square, Place de l’Himalaya, etc. all surrounding the magnificent Challenger golf course.

Themes & Objectives

The competition aims to stimulate and reward innovative thinking about how a home can be designed. The project’s key themes include but are not limited to conceptual approaches to designing a home that defines ‘beauty’, through concepts, design quality and accessibility. It is an incentive for thinking out of the box.

The competition seeks new concepts and ideas. Concepts that provide unique solutions to a pertinent question; how to build a residential home that is modern, practical, environmentally friendly and futuristic?

Planning Consideration                            

Entrants are advised to have regard to the town planning context that applies to the site but, at this stage, not to unduly constrain their thinking or imagination. Should an entrant be successful and the project progresses, then the evolution of the design and the scheme will occur at this point. It will be at this later stage that planning policy will be considered in detail and the planning system engaged with. It is the concept, imagination shown, and delight that is brought by the design competition submission that is the principle considerations at this first stage.

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Submission requirements


 All submissions shall be anonymous for judging. NO markings, logos, company or individual names, or any other identification whatsoever will be allowed in the submissions. Any entry displaying any identification will be disqualified.

All personal information will be kept separate and confidential from the judging panel. Entries will be compiled digitally by an external third party to facilitate the judging. Only after all judging is completed will the identification of the entries be made available.


Registration deadline is 21.00 east coast, 18 June 2016.

The registration fee for all submissions is $50.00 CDN per submission. Entrants may submit more than one entry.

How to Enter

  • Step One: Register via Paypal (see below)
  • Step Two: Record your Paypal Unique Transaction ID (a 17 character string; do not include the # sign)
  • Step Three: Entry Identification Form (Click Here)
  • Step Four: Submit (Details Here)


  • the submission shall be received digitally as PDF (for panels); physical panels will not be accepted;
  • submissions must contain a maximum of two panels A1 size maximum, including section, elevation, and plans.
  • the panels must be orientated horizontally (landscape) only;
  • a 1000 word (maximum) a written description of the project highlighting the key points
  • please place all files in one folder and label the folder with your

Transaction ID only, similarly marked in the upper right corner of the boards.

  • zip your folder, send your submission via services such as we transfer to
  • all entries must be submitted anonymously

Schedule and Results

Competition launch  9 May 2017.

Competition Registration Opening 12 May 2017.

Submission Deadline 18 June 2016. Extended to 8 July 2017

Jury Deliberations /Selections Announced 24 June 2016. Extended to 15 July 2017

The announcement of Graft Picks 26 July 2016, Extended to 30 July 2017.  (Click to view)

Final Construction Documents 30 August 2017

Ground Breaking 30 September 2017

Publications and Exhibitions 4 June 2018

The announcement of winners. 20 June 2018




Glen Irani Architects, Venice California

In a world where style and fashion so often trump substance and longevity, Glen Irani Architects have created an uncompromising repertoire of custom residential and commercial projects while maintaining unique, self-defined values.

For Glen Irani, design grows out of the discovery of and research into its many intimately related circumstances – the genius loci of the site and culture, the needs and desires that drive human experience, the practical and romantic milieu of the inhabitants’ ‘worlds’. Ciphering these many factors and their interrelations provides the foundation for the architect’s idea-building and problem-solving. Out of this process, he synthesises a contemporary architecture of enduring beauty and meaning.

Architecture must elucidate possibility without invalidating the current reality. It must push the envelope of human experience without overstimulating the senses. It must shepherd the project’s physical and cultural context into a healthy, optimistic future, innovating our way from any missteps of the present.

In terms of environmental and resource sustainability, for over 20 years Glen Irani Architects has been researching and implementing strategies that have saved countless amounts of carbon output and resource usage. Everything from the foundations to the mechanical systems to the finish systems is carefully designed to provide a balance of sustainability, longevity and serviceability.

Currently, Glen Irani co-teaches at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and heads LEED-Lab, a research organisation for the development of sustainable architectural technologiesRecent work includes …Parkos Arnall Residence, Hickey Residence, Pacific Canal Residence, Monte Mar Residence, The Breeze House, Seliger Residence, Irani Beaucage, Residence, Eastern Canal Residence


Luis Gagnon Paprika Montreal

Paprika is a graphic design and strategic marketing firm specialising in business communications services: corporate identity programs, branding, annual reports, brochures, catalogues, posters, packaging, environmental design, signs and websites.

Paprika has won more than 700 national and international awards for design excellence since opening its doors for business in 1991, including Aiga, Applied Arts Annual Awards, Art Directors Club and Type Directors Club of New York, British Design and Art Direction, Communication Arts, Coupe Magazine, Grafika, Graphex, Graphis, How International and I.D. Magazine.

Called regularly to sit on juries of various competitions, he himself has won more than 160 design prizes, awarded including the New York Art Directors Club, Applied Arts, Grafika, Communication Arts, How, Type Directors Club, Graphis, ID British Design and Art Direction



Pierre Laramée was one of the founders of the Tam-Tam advertising agency. It acted as creative and executive for 16 years, including seven as president. He designed or led numerous campaigns for companies among the best known in Quebec.

He was also the founder of Commissioners, a gallery of objects and furniture from international designers, produced in limited editions, which allowed the designers from here and fans to see plays often shown for the first time in America.

It is now once again become three-quarter advertising time and remains advisor issues and projects related to the design.He is also a partner in Artpublix, a company that provides display structures for cultural events and temporary in nature and also offers turnkey photographic events.


Nani Kahar      labDNA

Nani Kahar is an architect and a partner at labDNA, a design practice that seeks to extend possibilities through engagement of art, popular culture and social activism in urban development projects. labDNA focuses on collaboration leading to hybrid space that promotes inclusiveness through participatory activity. labDNA has created two arts and cultural platforms in Kuala Lumpur, MAP@Publika and Annexe@Central Market. She was not only the architect for these buildings but she was also the person behind the art spaces “Making Art Public” (MAP) and White Box (an open exhibition gallery) and the Black Box (a 200-seaterl theatre). Her idea of successful public or ‘democratic’ space is the level of diversity, and the social impact of the activity taking place. Creative experimentation is encouraged by giving autonomy to the community organisers from cultural and social fields to pursue their ideas. Nani Kahar studied architecture at Westminister University (UK). She currently directs the arts and cultural programs at Map KL & Publika and place-making projects in Nusajaya and Putrajaya. She is often invited to speak at conferences and events such as Khazanah’s Megatrends Forum

Prizes and Awards with MUF 2012 Swiss Architecture Prize 2011 muf: Public Realm Architect of the Year (BD Architect of the Year Awards) J&L Gibbons with muf (Making Space in Dalston): Landscape Institute President’s Award Barking Central, Public Realm Architect: RIBA Award


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Competition Brief.


The organising committee of the competition reserves the right to reject a proposal if it does not comply with the Submission Requirements.

The intellectual property rights shall remain the property of the entrant, any disputes that might arise are their sole responsibility.

By submitting an entry, the individual or team associated with the work authorises the competition organiser to use the work in future promotional activities, with due credits to the authorship.

For this competition, all people or businesses who have been involved in its organisation are not eligible.

The payment of the monetary prizes will be made up to 30 days after Public Announcement. The Competition is governed by the present program; all issues that are not clearly stated will be taken up to the Jury Committee that will be empowered to decide.

The Competition Organizers reserve the right to cancel the competition in the cases when fewer than 5 projects Clients have been submitted or all submitted projects fail to comply with the announced terms and conditions.

Upon cancellation of the competition, all participants shall be notified within 7 days of the decision to cancel and properly refunded of their subscription fees.

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