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120 Hours

120 HOURS is as an independent competition organized by students on a non-profit, voluntary basis without the involvement of a school administration. 120 HOURS offers fresh ideas on relevant architectural topics while giving students a voice in the current architectural discourse. 120 aims to be challenging and fun to participate in, and will give students a relevant first encounter with architectural competitions.

The competition will be conducted in the 120 hours between Monday February 4th at 14:00 and Saturday February 9th at 14:00.

The competition was initiated by students from the Oslo School of Architecture in 2010. ”We were tired of the lack of competitiveness in the Norwegian student mass, caused by the common Norwegian attitude that one should not stand out or be the one who screams loudest (also known as the “law of jante”). We were also missing a higher level of criticism and discussions around contemporary architecture. We wanted to create a new arena for the students, completely independent of schools and institutions, and this competition was our solution”, says Hans Martin F. Halleraker, the founder of the competition. The format of the competition is to give the students 120 hours to solve an exciting and challenging assignment, let it be judged by a highly respected jury and give the winners a solid cash prize.

It turns out that there was a need for this kind of arena also outside of the Norwegian borders, and for the coming competition we already have over 100 teams signed up from over 40 countries, just weeks after the registration opened. The competition has in recent years received tremendous attention, both nationally and internationally, and interest is growing dramatically each year.

The competition will this year focus on Bergen, with students from The Bergen School of Architecture as our partners. The task has not yet been set, but we’re working on making an exciting and challenging task in the scene of the Norwegian West Coast.

The award ceremony will take place in Bergen, Norway on February 23rd. This year, the prizes are higher, and so are the expectations! Details at

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