home competition

The HOME Competition 2019

Submission: October 07, 2019
Registration: October 06, 2019
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


“Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavor to build an earthly paradise for people.” – Alvar Aalto

​The Home remains the most significant architectural place we experience throughout our lives. Home represents safety, ownership, privacy, and stability. Home is where we can be alone and with people we care about most. Historically, the home has been a place of permanence. Despite how chaotic our lives are, we cherish the consistency of sleeping in the same bed and performing the same daily rituals here. Yet, new trends in digitalization and globalization continue to reshape realms of everyday life and alter our physical environments, including our homes. It is important to examine how we adapt our living spaces to these shifts.

Through the ages, architects have continuously investigated the role that homes play in our lives. These investigations present us with new notions of home environments that are sometimes wholistic, like Peter Eisenman’s House VI or Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, and sometimes specific, like the elevator in OMA’s Maison Bordeaux.

The HOME competition invites all designers to explore ideas of domestic architecture for the future. Designers may consider the impacts of global population shifts, proximity of major cities to coastlines, new materials and building techniques, as well as the rise of co-housing, tiny homes, smart houses and marketplaces like Airbnb. HOME creates a platform to speculate the ways new technological, political, environmental and cultural changes can redefine the spaces where we live.

What do you believe will be the future of home?

Overall Winner: $5,000
Pragmatic Award: $1,000
Innovation Award $1,000
Adaptability Award $1,000
Total Awards $8,000

Submissions may propose a single family home, a multifamily building, an adaptable structure, temporary living experience, or a home that takes the shape of any model or scale. All submissions should clearly define how a resident or residents interact with the proposed living space through graphic representation, text summary, or both.

Designers may propose any geographical location for their home design but should consider the relationship between their proposal and its site, taking into account the inherent benefits, drawbacks, and unique characteristics. Additionally, designers can propose homes with no defined site.

Submission Materials: (4) 12″ x 12″ graphic representations and (1) 12″ x 12″ project text summary (under 200 words) submitted as a combined PDF document with the text summary board as the final PDF. Graphic representation boards may not include text of any kind, graphic boards will be reviewed by jury members alongside their respective text summaries. Upon competition results, all recognized proposals will appear with the text summary directly beneath graphic representations.

Preston Scott Cohen – Preston Scott Cohen Inc.
Nader Tehrani – Founder, Principal | NADAAA
James Ramsey – Principal | RAAD
Tom Wiscombe – Founder, Principal | Tom Wiscombe Architecture
Erin Besler – Co-Founder | Besler & Sons, LLC
Anne Fougeron – Founder | FOUGERON ARCHITECTURE
Elena Manferdini- Principal, Owner | Atelier Manferdini
Sir Peter Cook- Director | CRAB STUDIO
Stefano Boeri- Founder | Stefano Boeri Architetti

Competition Release April 25th
$40 Advanced Entry Begins April 25th
$40 Advanced Entry Ends June 17th
$60 Early Entry Begins June 18th
$60 Early Entry Ends August 11th
$80 Final Entry Begins August 12th
$80 Final Entry Ends October 6th (11:59 EST)
Submission Deadline October 7th (11:59 EST)
​Results Announced November 2019

Go to the competition’s website