cambodia phnom pheng architecture competition

Affordable Housing Design Challenge

Submission: August 01, 2018
RegistrationJuly 15, 2018
Language: English
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Free Open International Design Competition


Building Trust international have just announced their 8th design competition which is in association with the United Nations Development Programme and the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone. The competition entitled ‘Affordable Housing Design Challenge’ challenges architects, designers and engineers to submit an innovative design proposal for new affordable housing for low income workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

These new units should be well-designed, sustainable and most importantly improve the quality of life of the intended residents and the surrounding community. More than just housing, this new project should build a future for workers and their families in Cambodia.


Design professionals, Engineers, Architects, architecture / design/ engineer graduates or architecture/ design/ engineer students are eligible to participate.


Building Trust international will work alongside competition partners, local government and the winning team to build the winning design. The winning team will not only have their design constructed but will also receive a US$20,000 cash prize fund with 4 honourable mentions receiving $5000 each.


The aim of this competition is to design modern, affordable homes for the workers in and nearby PPSEZ. The design should have a sensitivity to the local culture and tropical surroundings and where possible provide a sustainable solution that enhances the local architectural tradition, in which locally sourced renewable resources are used to provide natural temperature and humidity regulation. As the costs related to sustainable technology solutions decrease, opportunities arise to integrate new technology innovations into the design. Sales cost per standard unit house should be capped at US$16,000, to maintain affordability and allow for future ownership by factory workers. The standard unit house, should be safe, include at minimum; a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, and an independent toilet. Efficient space management and new construction designs may allow for variable and adaptable space usage. Thought should be given to access to fire exits, ventilation and natural light. The houses should be designed for families, young couples with optional design elements for multiple or larger groups. As a total of 3,000 units are to be designed within the housing community, please include an overall masterplan of how the units will be arranged. This community planning, should include supporting facilities that meet the basic needs of residents, such as children’s daycare, shops, and public/ green space.

Please note this competition is free to enter and the total prize fund is US$40,000

Go to the competition’s website