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Down the rabbit hole – Earth Home Design Challenge

Submission: January 4, 2022
Registration: January 3, 2022
Language: English
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Prizes: $240000
Type: Open Competition


The challenge is to design an earth-sheltered holiday home that is inspired by the fantasy world in the fantasy novel ‘Alice in Wonderland. The design of the structure must tell the story of this classic fable in some form. The design of any space is an individualistic expression of thoughts and desires. It gives us a sense of belonging, much like how Alice feels welcomed and accepted in wonderland.

The holiday home will consist of multiple units for accommodating guests visiting the site. It can be partially or fully buried underground. The terrain of the site can be utilized or the land can be manipulated to create earth shelter stay spaces. The material and construction techniques used must create a comfortable environment inside. Sustainable strategies for ventilation, lighting, and so on can be incorporated to maintain a natural experience for people.

Design Objectives

Ideation:  The representation of the theme in any form must be adequate and justified.

Access: The navigation through the site must be directed to create a unique journey.

Harmony: The design must establish some harmony or connection with the surrounding while having outstanding features.

Sustainable: Reduce negative impact of design on the environment, by improving building performance, reducing waste, and ensuring comfort for occupants.

Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

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Date: November 20, 2021