MICROHOME Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Submission: 02 December, 2022
Registration: 03 November, 2022
Language: English
Location: Global
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The fifth annual MICROHOME architecture competition is part of the Buildner’s Small Scale Architecture Appreciation Movement, which hopes to highlight the fact that bigger isn’t always better. With great design and innovative thinking, small-scale architecture could change how this and the next generation view residential property.

For the MICROHOME / Edition No 5 architecture competition, participants are invited to submit their designs for a micro home – an off-grid modular structure that would accommodate a hypothetical young professional couple (which will be used as an example of family size throughout the competition series). The only requirement is that the structure’s total floor area does not exceed 25 m2 ; beyond that, participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible.

Participants are encouraged to rethink spatial organisation and incorporate unique aesthetics, new technologies, and innovative materials that will make the micro home an entirely new form of architecture.

As there is no specified competition site, project designs can be set within any hypothetical site of any size, in either a city or countryside location anywhere in the world. The jury will favour sustainable designs and those projects that look to solve economic, social, and cultural problems through the establishment of new architectural methods.


First Prize 3000€

Second Prize 1500€

Third Prize 1000€

Buildner Student Award 1000€

Buildner Sustainability Award 500€

The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Buildner website and social pages.

A number of entries will be chosen among the winners, honourable mentions, and other selected entries to be included in the next ARCHHIVE BOOKS annual MICROHOMES magazine.

Buildner will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.


Closing date for registration | 03 November, 2022

Closing date for project submission | 02 December, 2022 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners |18 January, 2023

Competition Q&A deadline | 09 November, 2022

Registration fees

Early Bird Registration 02 May – 05 July – 95€/85€
Advance Registration 06 July – 07 September – 115€/105€
Last Minute Registration 08 September – 03 November – 135 €/115€


Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.