MICRO HOUSING 2022 International Architecture Competition

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MICRO HOUSING 2022 International Architecture Competition

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MICRO HOUSING 2022 International Architecture Competition: Impact Design Competitions recently has announced its MICRO HOUSING 2022, international architecture competition inviting you to create inventive, experimental architectural solutions which would surprise today's housing market and call for a sense of living based on community spirit.

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Impact Design Competitions recently has announced its MICRO HOUSING 2022 International Architecture Competition, inviting you to create inventive, experimental architectural solutions which would surprise today's housing market and call for a sense of living based on community spirit.

The concept of micro-homes is catching on in major cities that are facing a serious space crunch.

“HOME” is a space that is intimate to all living beings on the planet. It has a broader, deeper and personal connection with its user apart from being a physical shelter for humans and their daily lives, a home forms a distinct, intimate connection with its users. The ultimate goal for a home is to ignite “the idea of belonging” within its sphere and amongst all those sharing the space.

This gradual rise in population has created an overall housing shortage which can trigger the risk of homelessness, and unorganised development such as slums as well. The health management risks that follow has a massive impact on one’s personal state of mind. To make things worse, the impact of COVID-19 coupled with environmental and financial concerns has further aggravated the housing crisis.

This phenomenon has given rise to a new movement of Micro-Housing; one that commands the idea of simple but inventive living in today’s urban scenario. The concept of these revolutionary homes encourages making the innovation of maximum functional area in a minimum footprint, thus redefining the perception of sustainability in urban dwellings.
What is Micro Housing?

A micro apartment ideally consists of a sleeping space, a common sit-out space, a kitchenette, a bathroom and storage that is designed to camouflage with the space. Space saving furniture such as beds that can be lifted back into the wall, multifunctional furniture or extremely small or hidden appliances are key elements that support a micro apartment. There are times when residents may have complete access to a full kitchen, living room, housekeeping facilities and a garden.

Organizer invites designers around the world, belonging to various factions, to create inventive, experimental architectural solutions which would surprise today's housing market and call for a sense of living based on community spirit.

Arranged in self-contained, integrated communities, the residential units would be representative of innovation and creativity in the modularity of spaces. It is through affordable housing that one can bring stability, economic diversity and improve the physical quality of the neighbourhood.

What organizer is searching for?

The participants are to design a prototype of a micro-housing unit that reflects the personal needs and culture of the residential community chosen. A suitable aggregation of these micro-housing units should be done in an urban context.

A total of 100 users should be considered for the design. Participants are to choose a site relevant to the topic, in the urban context. The design has to serve as an upgrade to the standard of living of the users. While being very functional, it should also be aesthetically appealing.

The built-up area of each residential unit should not exceed 350 sq. ft. and should house up to 4 individuals. The unit should be a prototype, making the optimum use of space, and it needs to be explained in detail.

The designed units should cater to personal needs (rest, bath, cook, and work) and community requirements (interact). As per their discretion, the participants are free to add more spaces required in their designs.

The design of the micro-housing residential complex should also provide solutions for circulation such as staircases, passages, etc.

Evaluation Criteria

Concept: The participants have to design an innovative housing module and complex and make them exceptional, as compared to the conventional housing buildings today.

Site Selection: The participants are to select a site in an Urban Context for their design. The entries will be evaluated based on the site justification given.

Spatial Design: The entries will be judged based on creativity displayed in the spatial design and configuration of spaces.

Modularity: The eficiency and functionality of a single housing module and same with respect to the entire community complex.

Winners will be announced on 6th July 2022.

Who may enter?

Micro Housing 2022 International Architecture Competition is open to all. Organizer invites architects, students, engineers, product designers, thinkers, companies, organizations and everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary.

Prize

A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the best three projects – $5,000 are reserved for the First Prize. Honorable Mentions will also be selected and awarded. In addition to the money prizes, winning works will be awarded with certificates and publication.

Entry fees

During the Early Bird Registrations (until 10th March 2022) the cost of entry fee is USD 85. After that period ends the amount of the fee will increase.

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