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Design Competition – design a home for your favourite fictional character

14 Apr 2020

This imaginative design competition is for young people aged between 4-14 years old.

The challenge is to design a home (and perhaps a garden) for a favourite fictional character reflecting the character and needs of the owner.  So, for example, Winnie the Pooh may need plenty of storage space for his jars of honey whereas Harry Potter may need a bird house for his owl Hedwig in the garden – and Elsa from Frozen might like a cold room with lots of ice sculptures. Designs will be judged not just on their artistic merit but on how imaginative the work is. 

At the Building Centre we encourage architects and developers to consider carefully what materials they use for their projects and the impact they are having on the environment, so it would be good to encourage children to think about the sustainability of their design too. 



Creating the designs

The designs can be created in any medium – paint, pencil, crayons, pen and ink, acrylic, oils – but must be sent to us as a jpeg. Please keep the original safe!

For us to understand the design, it will be important to tell us:

  • The name of the fictional character and why they were chosen.
  • A short description of the design and why the character would like to live there.
  • A short description of what materials were used to make the home and its environmental credentials. 


Who can take part

Young people between the ages of 4-14 years old.


Entering the Competition

To enter the competition, please fill out the form below and upload a jpeg of the design.

We will need contact details of a parent or guardian so that we can keep them updated about the competition. We will only use this information in relation to the competition and will not keep this for longer than is necessary.


Competition and dates

For judging purposes the competition will be separated into two age groups: 4-9 years old and 10-14 years old.

Closing date for entries is Friday 5 June 2020 at 11pm.

The winners will be announced by Friday 26 June 2020.


Competition Prizes

There will be a judging panel of four people (names to be announced soon - watch this space.) The winning entries in each category will be published on the Building Centre website on Monday 29 June 2020, after the winners have been contacted. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements!

Prizes have been donated by the country’s leading supplier of fine art materials Winsor & Newton.


For further details please read the Terms & Conditions below.





This is the Built Environment Trust’s 2020 Design Competition for Young People. It is kindly supported by Winsor & Newton.



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