Extended deadlines – Call for ideas: Nano House architecture competition 2021

Extended deadlines – Call for ideas: Nano House architecture competition 2021

Nano House Architecture Competition and would like to express our gratitude to everyone for sharing incredible support. This is to let you know that the deadline for registration and submission has been pushed back a little further, giving you more time to work on your applications.
If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance to gain global recognition. The early bird registration deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on February 9, 2022.

A “home” is an intimate space for everyone. In addition to being our haven of peace, a house goes beyond its daily function of shelter for its users and their activities; it connects with each of us on an emotional and personal level.

Our humble Adobe has witnessed transformations with rapid advances in technology, the rise of efficient spaces, environmental and financial concerns, and the growing needs and desires of the people who live there.

Homes today are multi-purpose entities – doubling as offices, play areas, workout areas, spaces for interaction and recreation. From big cities to small towns to small rural villages, each culture is influenced by its own history, politics, economy and resources in how it defines a home. That being said, there are a few common traits of an ideal home that we can all aspire to.


“Architects have had the prowess of influencing society, human relationships, and interactions in myriad ways through built space.” To establish a dialogue between the built form (in this case, the house), the users and the context in which it is located by influencing the spatial experience and the way one perceives its surrounding environment.

The house being at the epicenter of our human lives, shaping minds in a non-deliberate (unconscious) way, an archetype that is the basis of how we see things around us. With the environmental and financial setbacks we face today at the dawn of a new pandemic era, the desire for more freedom has led people to adopt simpler and more efficient lifestyles.

Today, the house has become our shield – protecting its inhabitants from a virus, while providing them with the basic necessities for survival. Now that everyone spends almost all of their time indoors, this scenario offered designers the opportunity to redefine the idea of ​​“home”.
This, coupled with a desire to reduce their footprint, has sparked a small-scale home movement around the world, which not only reduces the pressure on our resources but is versatile enough to meet all the needs and desires of its users in creating an experience like no other.


We invite you to design a small-scale HOME for 2 active people of any age optimized for space efficiency to meet all the needs of its users. The designed home must not exceed a built area restriction of 300 square feet with spatial adaptability and versatility at the heart of the design to optimize space efficiency.

Participants are required to anticipate and meet the needs that users may need in the unseen future and also to welcome guests and pets into the space. The designed home can sport versatile, temporary yet comfortable makeshift spaces for non-essential home functions.

Being a home that aims to reduce environmental impact and financial resources, we encourage attendees to visualize a completely off-grid solution incorporating smart technologies that promote sustainability and environmental balance.

The designed solution should be larger than life not with its size but with the impact it has on its users and anyone who witnesses the space and functions should include and not be limited to – Living Space | Kitchen | Sleeping area for 2 | Swimming| Workspace | Recreational spaces | Any other functions you feel can enhance the space. The designed proposal can be a model centered on a multipurpose module that can be reproduced, moved or assembled with minimal modifications in different places in the world or according to the specific context of the site.

Participants are free to decide on their approach but would be required to justify the same. The interaction with the client is one of the essential elements of the design proposal. For the purposes of this contest, entrants can assume an individual, couple, or gender of people, depending on the design concept.

Since there is no specified competition site, project designs can be set in any hypothetical site of any size, in a city or countryside anywhere in the world. The judging panel would judge entries on site justification.
For more information, go to- https://volumezerocompetitions.com/nano-house-2021

Estimated Jury for Nano House Architecture Competition 2021-
Snehal Suthar, The Grid Architects, India
Bhadri Suthar, The Grid Architects, India
Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Tropical Space, Vietnam
Nguyen Hai Long, Tropical Space, Vietnam
Mario Avila, Espacio 18 Arquitectura, Mexico
Carla Osorio, Espacio 18 Arquitectura, Mexico
Bruno Santa Cecilia, Arquitetos Associados, Brazil
Eduardo Sainz, SAINZ, Architecture, Brazil
Lilian Glayna Sainz , SAINZ, Architecture, Brazil
Filipi Gabriel Lucas De Oliveira, mf+arquitetos, Brazil.
Mariana Ferreira Neves Garcia De Oliveira, mf+arquitetos, Brazil.
Philippe Fouché, SAOTA, South Africa.
Dani Reimers, SAOTA, South Africa.

Prizes of a total of 4000 USD, broken down as follows.
1st prize USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication
2nd prize USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication
3rd Prize USD 800 + Certificate + Publication
10 Honorable Mentions: Certificates
Winners and honorable mentions will be published on the Volume Zero website and in several international architecture and design magazines.
To show our appreciation, all participants would receive a certificate of participation.

Start of early registration: from November 27, 2021 to February 9, 2022
Standard registration: February 10, 2022 to March 10, 2022
Last day for requests: March 11, 2022
Submission: March 18, 2022
Announcement of winners: May 19, 2022

If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance to gain global recognition. The early bird registration deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on February 9, 2022.

  • Title

    Extended deadlines – Call for ideas: Nano House architecture competition 2021

  • Type

    Contest announcement (ideas)

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  • Registration deadline

    March 10, 2022 11:59 p.m.

  • Submission deadline

    March 18, 2022 11:59 p.m.

  • Price

    Advance registration: Indian participants – 1,800 + 18% GST = INR 2,124 (per team) Participants from other countries – 70 + 18% GST = USD 82.6 (per team) Standard registration: Indian participants – 2,400 + 18 % GST = INR 2800 (per team) Participants from other countries – 85+ 18% GST = USD 95 (per team)

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