The HOME Competition 2019

The HOME Competition 2019

Curated by Aline Chahine | 
November 22, 2019
| Est. Reading: 2 minutes

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

Innovation Award

Adaptability Award

Pragmatic Award

​Total Awards






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.


Erin Besler Besler & Sons, LLC 
Preston Scott Cohen Preston Scott Cohen Inc.
Elena Manferdini Atelier Manferdini 
James Ramsey RAAD 
Nader Tehrani NADAAA 
Tom Wiscombe Tom Wiscombe Architecture 
Stefano Boeri Stefano Boeri Architetti


$75 Early Entry Ends                  August 11
$95 Final Entry Begins               August 12
$95 Final Entry Ends                  October 6 (11:59pm EST)
Submission Deadline                 October 7 (11:59pm EST)
Results Announced                    November 2019 

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