The Home of Shadows

Submission: 30 May, 2023
Registration: 18 April, 2023
Language: English
Location: Global
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


For the Home of Shadows competition, participants are asked to design a home for a hypothetical couple with just one rule – there can be no artificial light within the home. The jury will be looking for designs that study how natural light can influence and shape architectural decisions.

Participants may select any theoretical site for their Home of Shadows and propose a design solution for the fully functional building.

Light is one of the most important factors when designing homes, and the use of natural light is vital in creating a space that feels both comfortable, inviting and practical. It could be said that lighting is a form of language that architects can use to communicate emotions in the spaces and structures they design.

As such, shadow plays as much a role in influencing the feel of a space as light. The harmony between light and shadow allows architects and designers to create spaces with depth and texture, creating different moods for different purposes. In many cases, it could come down to the simple placement of a single window or door.


1st PRIZE 3,000 € Publications Certificate of Achievement

2nd PRIZE 1,500 € Publications Certificate of Achievement

3rd PRIZE 1,000 € Publications Certificate of Achievement

BUILDNER STUDENT AWARD (more details) 1,000 € + 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card + 50 Points BUILDNER Architecture University Rankings Publications Certificate of Achievement BUILDNER

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 500 € Publications Certificate of Achievement



Closing date for registration: 18 April, 2023

Closing date for project submission: 30 May, 2023

Announcement of the winners: 04 July, 2023


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