Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Berlin Affordable 
Housing Challenge

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Berlin Affordable 
Housing Challenge

Berlin is a city with a complicated past, from the ravages of World War II to the division of the city by the infamous Berlin Wall from 1961 to -1989. Despite being one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in Europe, Berlin is severely lacking in affordable housing, making it less accessible to live in than many of its smaller counterparts across Germany.


View of Berlin Alexanderplatz and city of Berlin

Berlin transport
The divide between East and West Germany created two very distinct housing markets, with the East controlled entirely by the state and, while housing was affordable, there was little investment in improving or developing housing units. By the time the government began investing in developing new housing stock in the 1990s, the population of Berlin was actually decreasing, with the beginning of urban sprawl and a shift of the population to the neighbouring State of Brandenburg. The increase in supply and decrease in demand resulted in a housing stock surplus that most likely contributed to the State of Berlin de-prioritising affordable housing for years to come.


View of Berlin, Rathausstraße and on right Classic Plattenbau in Berlin on left

Berlin old living houses
More recently, investment in housing in Berlin has been focused almost entirely on the property market, with prices in excess of €20,000 per square metre often being quoted. The divided nature of the city’s past -  also caused most major companies and organisations to avoid using Berlin for their headquarters and offices for decades. This resulted in lower average wages than most German cities, producing a population that had no choice but to rent rather than investing in luxury real estate. However, Berlin rental rates have also increased dramatically, rising by 32% between 2010 and 2015, with a large proportion of the population having to spend more than half their income on rent and utilities.

The Berlin Affordable Housing Challenge is the latest architecture competition in the affordable housing series, run in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS. Participants are tasked with creating innovative design solutions to Berlin’s affordable housing problem. Project designs should be flexible enough to accommodate different inhabitants and living situations – including families, single professionals, and couples – and provide suitable solutions for their various requirements.

As there are no specific requirements, participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible in the solutions they design, challenging typical ideas of housing, design, and the community at large, while at the same time maintaining a practical element that could potentially see these designs realised.

Winning projects will receive a share of the prize fund, as well as the chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of the ARCHHIVE BOOKS' Affordable Housing publication.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF [ENG]
    • Reglas de la competencia
    • Regras do concurso
    • Regolamento del concorso

Prizes

6,000 €
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
3,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
1,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE Student Award (more details) 
500 € 
+ 50 € ARCHHIVEBOOKS.com gift card  

Publications
BB GREEN AWARD (more details) 
500 € 
Publications Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages


CERTIFICATE:


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time.

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected] 

Bee Breeders is committed to selecting the most qualified industry professionals to comprise its jury panels. Jury panels consist of architect, in addition to professionals from other professionals backgrounds that are relevant to the competition topic, to guarantee the most objective competition results.

You may find the invited jury list from previous competition here - https://architecturecompetitions.com/guest-jury

Key dates

Closing date for registration

04 November, 2021

Closing date for project submission

09 December, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

17 February, 2022

Competition Q&A deadline: 10 November, 2021

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees

  • Early Bird Registration
    02 June - 07 July
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    80 €
  • Students
    70 €
  • Advance Registration
    08 July - 09 September
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    100 €
  • Students
    90 €
  • Last Minute Registration
    10 September - 04 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    120 €
  • Students
    100 €

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.

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F.A.Q.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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