The Elorrieta Shelter



Pladur®, a brand leader in laminated plasterboard systems, is organising for the 34th year running its yearly Pladur® Construction Solutions Competition.


This year the competition is a reflection on the recovery of the Elorrieta Shelter, converting it into a new school for mountaineers.

It is an exercise in integration, adaptation to the environment, rehabilitation and revitalisation of the oldest shelter in the Sierra Nevada National and Natural Park.


Registration for the competition is free.

Participation is open to all students officially enrolled in years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 of architecture degrees, on bachelors’ thesis and on the so-called “enabling” master’s degrees at all higher technical schools and architecture faculties in Spain and Portugal registered in this year’s competition.

Projects may be presented individually or as a team, with a maximum of three representatives per team, in which case the participation codes of all members must be provided when delivering the project.

First and second-year students may only participate as part of a team in which the other members are third year students or higher and may not participate individually. There can only be one first or second-year student per group.

Teams can be made up of students from different schools, but only one school may be represented, which will be chosen by the students themselves.

Presentation of competition entries requires each team member to first register in the REGISTRATION section of the competition microsite (www.premios.pladur.com).

Once registered, each student will receive an email with a participation code that must be included when presenting the project.

Everyone who registers will be given a free BIM initiation course worth €100. Once registered, they will receive an email with free access to the course.

The mechanics of digital delivery are explained below.

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The following local prizes will be awarded at each school/university.

 Local Architecture Prize 

  • Official diploma for each member and €400 per project.
  • Invitation to and participation in the Iberian Pladur® Prize. (Invitation to the awards ceremony.)
  • Networking with local winners, coordinators and jury members.
  • One of the members of the local winning team will join the local jury of this university in the following year’s competition (unless they are participating, in which case the place will be taken by the second-placed prize winner).
  • Publicity in digital media and press releases, publicity on social media and the Pladur® website.
  • Participation in the Pladur® Awards Touring Exhibition, which will go to all the participating schools in the following year.

If a school/university has presented over 10 projects, a local first and second prize will be awarded. The second prize will be €400, but the project will not pass on to the final.

 Second Prize

  • Official diploma for each member.
  • Publicity on the social media and the Pladur® website.

Local BIM prize

  • Official diploma for each member.
  • Invitation to the awards ceremony.
  • Publicity on the social media and the Pladur® website.

The local architecture first prize may also compete for the local BIM prize.

For the jury to meet and decide on the local prizes, at least three projects must be presented at the school/university. If not, the presented projects will be sent to a committee made up of the school/university and Pladur®, who will decide whether the proposal is good enough to be the local representative in the final or should go the inter-school phase, where the jury will decide which projects should go on to the final phase, being considered as the local prize winner to all intents and purposes.

The inter-school jury will award the local prize and one or two second prizes, if the number of projects presented is more than 10 (the two first prizes and two second prizes may not be awarded to the same university).


The winners of the first local prize at each school/university will compete in the following prize categories:

Iberian Prize for the Best Architecture Project which includes the following:

  • Trophy.
  • Diploma for each member of the group.
  • €6000 per project.
  • Interview, report, publicity in the media and on Pladur® social media
  • Invitation to join the jury for the Best Architecture Project in the 35th competition (1 member per group)*.
  • Invitation to the 35th awards ceremony**
  • Presentation of the Prize for the Best Architecture Project together with the Pladur® CEO at the 35th competition.

*   Pladur® will cover the travel costs and 1 night in a hotel, if required.

**  Pladur® will cover the travel costs, if required.

Best Construction Solution Prize consisting of the following:

  • Trophy.
  • €3000 per project.
  • Diploma for each member of the group.
  • Media publicity, interviews and Pladur® social media.

BIM Iberian Mention Prize:

  • Trophy.
  • €1000 per project.
  • Diploma for each member of the group.
  • Media publicity, interviews and Pladur® social media.
  • Invitation to the awards ceremony for the three best BIM projects.

The winning project in the “Best Architecture Project” category cannot compete for the “Best Construction Solution” prize, but it can compete for the BIM Mention, as long as it is also the local BIM prize winner.


The project must be delivered in digital format via the Pladur Prize® website, in the “My Profile” tab, in the “User Files” section.

The project must be presented in A2. There must be a minimum of three panels and a maximum of four.

Below are some brief recommendations on the information each panel should contain.


Development of the project idea. Location, orientation and relation to the surroundings.


Proposed draft project. The exterior should be a basic design.

Floor/s, elevations and sections that clearly characterise the work, along with infographics or images, or photos of models (models will not be accepted, only photos).

In this case, students may choose to use two panels instead of one.


Construction details of the Pladur® systems (partition walls, wall linings, ceilings, etc.) which make up one of the spaces in the project, as chosen by the students.

Arguments to support the type of Pladur® board chosen to lead the project in accordance with the design requirements.

The chosen boards will be part of a system and their composition must be incorporated in the plans for this panel (use our support material).

To compete for the Pladur® BIM special mention, an IFC model of the project using the Pladur® BIM objects must also be delivered, along with the rest of the materials.  The IFC must be checked to ensure it contains the Pladur® Systems with their names and information.


Prize for the Best Architecture Project

The following criteria will be rated:

  • Originality of the proposal and the architectural design, functionality and quality.
  • The spatial quality of the grouping, its integration into the surroundings (environmental, visual, social, etc.), its interior/exterior relation.
  • Use and implementation of Pladur® Systems in developing the project, which is essential for the assessment of the proposal.
  • Leadership proposals for the Pladur® board chosen for the project.
  • Viability of the project for execution.

Prize for the Best Construction Solution

Assessment of Best Construction Solution Prize will focus especially on the viability of execution of the proposal and its level of definition in the construction details.

BIM mention

To compete for the BIM mention, a model of the project in IFC format, using the Pladur® BIM objects, must also be delivered, along with the rest of the materials. The best use of the Pladur® BIM objects in the development of the architectural proposal using BIM methodology will be assessed.

The projects will be assessed using the Solibri IFC model viewer, therefore it is important for all information created in native modelling software, in particular all the Pladur® BIM objects used, to be transferred to IFC. Projects not in IFC format will not be assessed.


The Local Prize Jury will be made up of at least:

  • The school/university director or a person delegated by the former.
  • A local teacher and/or architect who is not connected to coordination of the competition at the university.
  • BIM expert architect or teacher.
  • Winning student from the previous year’s competition (as long as they are not competing this year)
  • Only one of the two Pladur® representatives will have a vote.
  • The competition coordinator/s at each university will not have a vote.

The role of the coordinator and Pladur® delegate in the local jury will be exclusively to explain the terms and conditions of the competition and enumerate the projects presented. Under no circumstances may they provide more information or express their opinion on the presented works.

The jury’s decision will be final and may declare this phase partially or totally void. The local jury’s decision will be laid down in minutes made publicly available once the Iberian Jury has met.

The Best Architecture Project Prize Jury will be made up of:

  • A representative of the High Council of the Spanish Architects’ Association.
  • A representative of the Portuguese Architects’ Association (Ordem de Arquitectos de Portugal).
  • Three or four architects with proven experience and professional worth.
  • Two Pladur® representatives, one of whom will act as secretary, both without a vote.
  • A representative of the prize-winning students for the Best Architectural Solution from the previous year or, in their absence, of the Installation Prize.

Pladur® reserves the right to include in the jury a representative of an official body or another type of specialist in the proposed theme, with the right to vote.

The Best Construction Solution Prize Jury will be made up of:

  • Five representatives of Pladur® installation companies, with the right to vote
  • A representative of Pladur® who will act as secretary, without the right to vote.

The BIM Mention Jury will be made up of:

  • Two architects, experts in BIM methodology.
  • An expert in BIM object development.
  • Technical support for viewing, without a vote.
  • A representative of Pladur® who will act as secretary, without the right to vote.



En exercise in the rehabilitation and extension, integration and adaptation to the environment, and revitalisation of the oldest shelter in the Sierra Nevada National and Natural Park.


The Elorrieta Shelter is in the high Lanjarón Valley between the Loma de Cuerda Alta and the Tajos del Nevero mountains next to the ridge. It is a site where strong winds build up, but with spectacular views of the Lanjarón Valley, where each of the “Three thousands” surrounding the Valley can be seen, with the Cerro del Caballo in the background.

The shelter can be reached on foot, on horse-back or by air, as there is a prepared surface 100 m from the shelter


The Elorrieta Shelter is currently abandoned and receives minimal maintenance from the Sierra Nevada Park General Management.

The shelter consists of two separate zones on the Fraile ridge. An underground zone dug into the mountain ridge, producing a natural stone ceiling and two façades, one onto the Poqueira Ravine (south) and the other on the source of the Lanjarón River (north), with both spaces connected by tunnels. And another overhead vaulted construction following the line of the ridge, both connected by indoor stairs in very poor condition.

The only one part of this construction is still open, the overhead vaults for the mountaineers’ shelter (without facilities), whose entrance is from the east, with various internal divisions of no architectural interest and unused facilities (heating and drinking water).

Finally, on top of the underground zone is a stone construction which was used to store snow to later obtain water (cistern).


Rehabilitation and extension

The revitalisation of Elorrieta will focus on creating a mountain school with room to house a maximum of 30 people.

This shelter will become a meeting point and shelter for mountaineers also looking to enjoy the mountain environment and beginner or advanced courses in different forms of mountaineering.


  • Rehabilitating an existing building, currently with a surface area of 250 m2, and design an extension with an area between 200m2 and 250 m2.

The total space (maximum 500 m2) will house

the uses defined below:

  1. Rest and basic hygiene rooms
  2. Class room
  3. Store room for mountain material/dryer
  4. Communal rest area
  5. Dining room
  6. Kitchen
  7. Class and auxiliary service room
  • The extension may or may not be attached to the currently existing building, but both must be connected to protect users from the extreme local weather.

Use: Mountain school and hostel.

Capacity: 30 people


Pladur® will provide full information for participants on the specially created website: www.premios.pladur.com.

Participants can also obtain information from our social media or by sending an email to concurso@pladur.com for any doubts or queries they may have.


The designs must be uploaded to the Pladur® digital platform no later than midnight on 23 APRIL. No further projects will be accepted after this date.

The date on which the local jury meets will be set by the schools, always bearing in mind the deadline established by Pladur®.


All prizes will be awarded during the ceremony to be held at the place and time to be announced in the future. The winners of the “Local Architecture Prize” (not the second prize) and the three best local BIM prizes (as decided by the BIM jury) and the local and jury coordinators will be invited to the ceremony.

In addition, a representative of the previous year’s winners will also be invited, as long as they are not participating in this year’s competition, and will present the prize to the new winners, thus creating a thread connecting one year’s competition to the next.


Two files must be uploaded to our “My Profile” tab on the competition website.

– One that includes the following information:

  • A PDF file (minimum resolution 150 pixels per inch) for each A2 plan presented.
  • The number of panels must be a minimum of three and a maximum of four, in vertical A2 format.
  • The plans must not include the name, code or university of the participants.
  • Each plan must be numbered and have the project title clearly indicated in the top right-hand corner.

– A second file:

  • An A4 document clearly identifying the title and the personal details of each participant (full name, school, code, email address, home address, postcode, national tax ID no., nationality and contact telephone no.).

In total, only TWO files may be uploaded. Per team. Any extra files will not be considered.


  • Pladur® may declare projects null and void if they do not contain all the requested details, including the registration code or if they fail to meet any of the established technical assessment criteria.
  • All prize-winning projects in any phase of the competition will become property of Pladur®.
  • Pladur® will ask all winners for the details required for payment (name, national ID number, bank certificate) by email. The date for requesting the details will be prior to the awards ceremony and will expire after one month, of which the winners will be duly informed. Once the period for receiving these details has expired, the prize money will be paid by bank transfer, excluding those who have not provided the details in the period and form required.
  • Any winner in any of the previously mentioned categories who does not receive their prize in the indicated times may claim it in writing from concurso@pladur.com. The right to claim the prize will expire in the month of December of the year in which the prize winners are chosen.
  • Notwithstanding recognition of the authorship of the projects and the corresponding rights, the prize winners authorise Pladur® to publish and disseminate the prize-winning projects by any means, jointly or individually, transferring to Pladur® all intellectual property rights the publications may generate, with no geographic or time limits, with regard to which the transferor may not claim remuneration of any kind, monetary or otherwise.
  • For its commercial and promotional activity, Pladur® will create a database of people and documents received, with regard to which the interested parties may exercise their rights of access, rectification, erasure and opposition in compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation and other application regulations.
  • All persons attending the Awards Ceremony, representatives of the media, jury members and representatives of the participating schools or faculties accept and authorise Pladur® to publish and disseminate, for strictly promotional and advertising purposes, the images and photographs produced in the ceremony, for which the transferors may not claim remuneration of any kind, monetary or otherwise.