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Micro Housing 2019 – Architecture Competition

Micro Housing 2019 – Architecture Competition

Since the beginning of time, a HOME has continued to be an entity that is intimate to all living beings on the planet. Apart from being a physical shelter for humans and their daily lives, a home forms a distinct, intimate connection with its users. Today, across the globe, we are experiencing a rise in densely populated urban areas, along with a lack of land resources to provide sufficient housing for the masses. 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 areas. 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. With the idea of Micro-Housing, designers are now coming up with various, inventive solutions to solve the persistent issue of ‘space crunch’ in cities to provide the imperative requirement of respectable housing to as many people as possible.The participants are to design a prototype of a micro-housing unit that reflects thepersonal needs and culture of the residential community chosen. A suitableaggregation of these micro-housing units should be done in an urban context,mirroring the communal needs of the group of users. 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 in nature, it should also be aesthetically pleasing. 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. These units should also be stacked in a manner to create clusters that can address various issues in the metropolitan city.

Short Description

Micro Housing 2019 invites you to rethink and re imagine the idea of urban dwellings and come up with inventive solutions to the persistent issues of space crunch and growing population in our cities.


Volume Zero

Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


Prizes of total USD 4000, broken down as follows:
1st Prize: USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication
2nd Prize: USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication
3rd Prize: USD 800 + Certificate + Publication

10 Honourable mentions: Certificates

Winners and Honourable Mentions will be published on Volume Zero website and several international architecture and design magazines.

To show our appreciation, all the participants would receive participation certificate.

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

Micro Housing 2019 – Architecture Competition is an open ideas competition. The competition is open to students and professionals from all walks can join in.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens June 18, 2019
Registration Closes September 27, 2019
Deadline to Submit Project October 4, 2019
Winners announcement Date November 27, 2019



Location of Competition

The competition is a totally online process and does not require to travel to a location.

Additional Information

Banner, Poster, Brochure or Triptic of Competition

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