Call For Ideas: Nano House 2021 Architecture Competition

Architecture Competition: Call For Ideas: Nano House 2021 Architecture Competition

A “home” is a space that is intimate to all. Apart from being our safe haven, a home goes beyond its everyday function of being a shelter for its users and their activities; it connects with each of us on an emotional and personal level.

Our Humble Adobe has witnessed transformations with rapid advancements in technology, the rise of effi¬cient spaces, environmental and financial concerns, and growing needs & desires of the people living in them.

Homes today are versatile entities – doubling up as offi¬ces, play areas, work-out zones, spaces for interaction and recreation. From big cities to small towns to tiny rural villages, each culture is influenced by its own history, politics, economy, and resources in how they define a home. That being said, there are a few common traits of an ideal home that we can all aspire to.

“Architects have had the prowess to influence society, human relations, and interactions in innumerable ways through a built space.” Establishing a dialogue between the built form (in this case the home), The Users and the context where it sits in influencing the spatial experience and how one views its surrounding environment.

With the Home being at the epicentre of our human lives moulding minds in an undeliberate (Unconscious) manner, An Archetype that is bedrock of how we view things around us. With the environmental and financial setbacks that we face today in the dawn of a new pandemic age, the desire to have more freedom has led people to follow simpler and efficient ways of living.

Today, the home has become our shield – protecting its inhabitants from a virus, while providing them with the basic necessities for survival. Now with everyone spending almost all of their time indoors, this scenario has presented designers with an opportunity to redefine the idea of “home”.
This coupled with an urge to reducing their footprint has sparked up a small scaled house movement around the world, one which is not only reduces the pressure o our resources at the same time being versatile to fulfil all the needs and desires of its Users creating an experience like no other.

We invite you to design a small scaled HOME for 2 working individuals of any age group optimized for spatial e¬fficiency to fulfil all the needs of its users. The designed home should not exceed an area restriction of 300 sq.ft built up with spatial adaptability and versatility at the crux of the design to optimize space e¬fficiency.

Participants are required to anticipate and provide for the needs that the users may need in the unseen future and also spatially accommodate guests and pets. The designed home can sport versatile makeshift temporary yet comfortable spaces for functions that are not core to the home.

Being a home that is aimed to reduce the impact on the environmental and financial resources we encourage participant to visualize a completely off the grid solution incorporating smart technologies promoting sustainability and environmental equilibrium.

The Designed solution has to be larger than life with not with its size but with the impact that it casts on its users and whoever witnessing the space and the functions must include and not be limited to – Living Space| Kitchen | Sleeping area for 2 | Bathing| Space for Working | Recreational spaces | Any other functions that you feel can enhance the space. The Designed proposal can be a model centred to be a versatile module that can be replicated, moved, or assembled with minimal modifications to different locations in the world or as per specific site context.

Participants are free to decide their approach however would be required to justify the same. Client Interaction is one of the critical components of the design proposal. For the purpose of this competition, entrants may assume an individual, couple, or a genre of people, based on the design concept.

As there is no specified competition site, project designs can be set within any hypothetical site of any size, in either a city or countryside location anywhere in the world. The jury would be judging the entries on site justification.

Prizes of total USD 4000, broken as follows.

1st prize USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication

2nd prize USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication

3rd prize USD 800 + Certificate + Publication

10 Honorable mentions: Certificates

Winners and Honorable 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.


Early Bird Registration Starts: 27th November 2021 to 27th January 2022

Standard Registration: 28thJanuary 2022 to 04th March 2022

Last Day for Queries: 28th February 2022

Submission: 10th March 2022

Winners Announcement: 12th May 2022


Nano House 2021 – Architecture Competition is open to all. We invite 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.

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