sydney affordable housing

Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge

Submission: February 14, 2018
Registration: February 09, 2018
Language: English
Location: Sydney, Australia
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Debate rages across the country, as experts and analysts go back and forth over the idea of an affordable housing crisis in Australia. One area that all experts can agree on, however, is that Sydney is in a league of its own when it comes to property prices. Sydney comes in second to Hong Kong as having the least affordable housing in a survey of 10 major metropolitan markets.

The Guardian Australia reported figures from BIS Oxford economics showing that, as of December 2016, 42% of average disposable household income in New South Wales was being poured into monthly mortgage payments. This is on a median-priced house in Sydney, after the sizeable 25% deposit has already been paid.

As these figures have not significantly changed in over 25 years, the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge – in collaboration with the Sydney Build Expo – is looking for innovative solutions that could end this crisis for good.

Sydney is Australia’s biggest and most vibrant metropolitan hub, but its astronomical price tag is restricting its population to those of a privileged background. Therefore, this is an open architecture competition, encouraging those new to the industry – as well as seasoned professionals – to address to question of how to create affordable homes with limited space and resources.

The jury panel will evaluate submitted designs and award further acclaim to those with sustainable practices for everything from construction materials and methods, to logistics and innovation. The winners will be presented at the Sydney Build Expo 2018.


Design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Sydney, which can be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials.

No minimum size or amount of residential units per block is defined. The proposals should be flexible enough to adopt to different sizes for various inhabitant capacity requirements.

Designs for the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge should be able to adapt to various locations across the city. The designs should also be adaptable, allowing adjustments to be made in order to suit different residential capacity requirements.


Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).


3 winning proposals + 2 special awards and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize: US $3,000

2nd Prize: US $1,500

3rd Prize: US $500


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website.

Go to the competition’s website