Call for ideas: 2022 Micro Housing Competition

Call for ideas: 2022 Micro Housing Competition

“HOME” is an intimate space for all living beings on the planet. It has a broader, deeper and personal connection with its user besides being a physical shelter for humans and their daily life, a house forms a distinct and intimate connection with its users. The ultimate goal of a house is to ignite
“the idea of ​​belonging” within its sphere and between all those who share the space.

This gradual increase in population has created an overall housing shortage which can trigger the risk of homelessness and unorganized development such as slums. The ensuing health management risks have a massive impact on personal mindset. To make matters worse, the impact of COVID-19 coupled with environmental and financial concerns has further aggravated the housing crisis.

This phenomenon has given rise to a new Micro-Housing movement; one that commands the idea of ​​a simple yet inventive life in today’s urban scenario. The concept of these revolutionary houses encourages the innovation of maximum functional surface in a minimum footprint, thus redefining the perception of sustainability in urban dwellings.

What is Micro Housing?

A micro-apartment ideally consists of a sleeping area, a common resting area, a kitchenette, a bathroom and storage space designed to camouflage with the space. Space-saving furniture such as beds that can be pushed up into the wall, multifunctional furniture, or extremely small or hidden appliances are key elements that support a micro apartment. There are times when residents may have full access to a full kitchen, living room, housekeeping facilities, and garden.

OPPORTUNITY:

Today, people are concerned and explore opportunities with the aspiration to improve their standard of living and to have more freedom in the field of urban housing.

We invite designers from around the world, from diverse factions, to create inventive and experimental architectural solutions that would surprise today’s housing market and call for a sense of community-based living.

Arranged in autonomous and integrated communities, the residential units would be representative of innovation and creativity in the modularity of spaces. It is through affordable housing that we can bring stability, economic diversity and improve the physical quality of the neighbourhood.

“Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without a stable shelter, everything crumbles. – Matthew Desmond (American sociologist)

CHALLENGE:
Entrants must design a prototype micro-housing unit that reflects the personal needs and culture of the chosen residential community. Appropriate aggregation of these micro-housing units should take place in an urban context.

A total of 100 users should be considered for the design. Participants should choose a site relevant to the topic, within the urban context. The design should serve as an improvement in the standard of living of the users. While being highly functional, it should also be aesthetically appealing.

The built area of ​​each residential unit must not exceed 350 square feet and must accommodate up to 4 people. The unit must be a prototype, making optimum use of space, and it must be explained in detail.

The units designed must meet personal needs (rest, bath, cook and work) and community requirements (interaction). At their discretion, entrants are free to add more spaces as required in their designs.

The design of the micro-housing residential complex should also provide circulation solutions such as stairs, passages, etc.

Site Selection:

Entrants must design a prototype micro-housing unit that reflects the personal needs and culture of the chosen residential community. Appropriate aggregation of these micro-housing units should take place in an urban context.

Price:
Prizes of a total of 10,000 USD, broken down as follows.

1st prize USD 5000 + Certificate + Publication
2nd prize USD 2500 + Certificate + Publication
3rd prize USD 1500 + Certificate + Publication

1st special mention 500 USD
2nd Special Mention 500 USD

10 Honorable Mentions: Certificates

Winners and honorable mentions will be published on the Impact Competitions website and in several international architecture and design magazines.
To show our appreciation, all participants would receive a certificate of participation.

Program:
Early bird registration: January 12, 2022-March 10, 2022
Start of standard registrations: March 11, 2022-April 21, 2022
Start of late registration: April 22, 2022-May 6, 2022
Application deadline: May 9, 2022
Submission deadline: May 12, 2022
Announcement of winners: July 6, 2022

Eligibility:
The Micro Housing 2022 International Architecture Competition is open to everyone. We invite architects, students, designers, design enthusiasts, engineers, product designers, thinkers, businesses, organizations and anyone interested in the competition’s mission to submit their ideas. No professional qualification is necessary.

  • Title

    Call for ideas: 2022 Micro Housing Competition

  • Type

    Contest announcement (ideas)

  • Organizers

  • Registration deadline

    06 May 2022 23:59

  • Submission deadline

    May 12, 2022 11:59 p.m.

  • Price

    Early Registration: $85 + 18% tax (per team) Regular Registration: $100 + 18% tax (per team) Regular Registration: $125 + 18% tax (per team)

Comments are closed.