Submission: 1st March 2024 Registration: 21st February 2024 Location: Concept Language: English Prizes: View website Type: Open


Welcome to the Minimal Dwelling 2024 competition hosted by Archiol Competitions! In its second edition, this competition invites participants to delve into the core principles of minimalism within the realm of residential architecture. As contemporary society continues to evolve amidst the proliferation of digital technologies and an abundance of materials, this competition serves as a platform to celebrate the profound beauty and efficiency inherent in minimalist design.

Embracing the ethos of simplicity, functionality, and liberation, Minimal Dwelling 2024 encourages architects and designers to strip away excess and focus on the essential elements that define living spaces. This competition provides an opportunity to explore innovative approaches to space utilization, material selection, and spatial organization while honoring the principles of minimalism.

Participants are challenged to create dwellings that embody the essence of minimalism, fostering environments that prioritize tranquility, efficiency, and harmony with the surrounding context. By embracing minimalism, architects have the chance to redefine conventional notions of luxury and opulence, emphasizing instead the profound richness found in simplicity and thoughtful design.

Through Minimal Dwelling 2024, we invite participants to push the boundaries of architectural expression, inspiring a new generation of designers to embrace the elegance and efficiency of minimalist living spaces. Join us as we embark on a journey to explore the transformative power of minimalism in shaping the future of residential architecture.



The primary objective of this competition is to challenge participants to design a minimalistic home for a family of three: Mr. & Mrs. Smith and their five-year-old daughter. The design should embody simplicity, functionality, and peaceful coexistence with nature while meeting the family’s basic needs.



The minimal dwelling should accommodate the following spaces:

  • Living area
  • Kitchen (catering to Mr. Smith’s love for cooking)
  • Working space for Mrs. Smith (a digital artist working full-time from home)
  • space for the couple
  • space for the daughter
  • Bathroom facilities

The total area should not exceed 37 square meters (BUA) to align with the essence of minimalism.


Participants are free to choose a countryside location that complements the family’s desire for serenity and closeness to nature. The choice of site should be justified based on its suitability for the family’s lifestyle and the design’s integration with the natural surroundings.



Designers have the creative freedom to interpret minimalism while meeting the family’s functional requirements. The design should showcase innovative use of space, materials, and natural lighting while embracing the concept of “Less is more.”



Emphasis should be placed on sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Designs should prioritize energy efficiency, use of renewable materials, waste reduction, and integration with the natural environment.



Participants are required to submit:

  • Conceptual sketches or renders illustrating the design approach
  • Floor plans, elevations, and sections detailing the spatial layout
  • Material selections and rationale behind their choice
  • Sustainability features integrated into the design
  • A brief narrative explaining the design philosophy and its alignment with the family’s lifestyle



  • Top 3: Certificate + Interview + Publication + score card with inputs
  • Honourable mention: Certificate + Publication.
  • Shortlisted: Certificate.


  • Registration Opens: 16th February 2024
  • Registration Deadline: 21st February 2025
  • Submission Deadline: 1st March 2025
  • Winners Announcement: 15th June 2025






ADVANCED REG 01 Feb 16th – Mar 21st  2024 25 500
AR 02 Mar 22nd– April 21st   2024 27 700
AR 03 April 22nd– May 21st 2024 30 900
STANDARD REG 01 May 22nd – Jun 21st 2024 32 1000
SR 02 Jun 22nd – Jul 21st 2024 34 1200
SR 03 Jul 22nd – Aug 21st 2024 36 1400
SR 04 Aug 22nd – Sept 21st 2024 38 1600
SR 05 Sept 22nd – Oct 21st 2024 40 1650
SR 06 Oct 22nd – Nov 21st 2024 42 1700
LATE REG 01 Nov 22nd – Dec 21st 2024 44 1750
LR 02 Dec 22nd – Jan 21st 2025 46 1800
LR 03 Jan 22nd – Feb  21st 2025 50 2000



  • Architecture Students group 
    • min. 5 participants from the same institution: 10% off on regular & late registration fee.
    • min. 15 participants from the same institution: 20% off on regular & registration fee.



Participants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Design sheets (2 -5) jpeg. / jpg. Format. (dimension: 30cm x 30cm,  file size: 25mb)
  • Design description with a title (Min. 300 words) – docx. / docs. Format



We collaborate with leading architects, designers, and academicians of international repute to participate as jury members in our competitions.


Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to minimalism principles
  • Functionality and practicality of the design for the family
  • Integration with the chosen countryside location
  • Innovation in space utilization and design aesthetics
  • Sustainability and eco-conscious features
  • Clarity and coherence in the design presentation



The competition is open to architects, designers, artists, and creative thinkers from around the world. Participants can enter as individuals or in teams (max. 4 members in one team). 

Date: April 12, 2024