The contemporary home

This competition is part of a strategic partnership between Buildner and ArchDaily that aims to explore "The Contemporary Home".

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Introducing the Beyond Isolation: Senior Housing Competition, an architecture ideas competition focused on alleviating the isolation experienced by our aging population.

As individuals grow older, they often face increased physical and social inactivity, leading to negative impacts on their physical and mental health. Furthermore, living alone or in isolation can exacerbate these issues, resulting in higher risks of accidents, depression, and difficulty accessing essential services.

Beyond Isolation: 
Senior Housing

This competition aims to reconnect seniors with their communities by inviting participants to create innovative housing systems that actively integrate elderly residents into the social fabric. The jury will be looking for designs that not only provide housing but also incorporate features that enable seniors to engage with their surroundings in meaningful ways.

With the freedom to select a site or location, participants have the opportunity to breathe new life into underprivileged areas, developing alternative visions for how architecture can address this pressing issue. Beyond Isolation: Senior Housing Competition is not simply about designing a house or apartment block; it encourages participants to explore additional functionalities such as retail shops, interest centers, and experience exchange hubs, all contributing to a sense of community and connection for seniors in their twilight years.


Download the full competition brief for more information!


The 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.

The full competition brief

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




7,000 €


3,000 €


1,500 €


1,000 €


1,000 €

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+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card  
+ 50 Points BUILDNER Architecture University Rankings   

500 € 

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+ 6 Honourable mentions & certificates

Buildner will acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:


Results published on - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.

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Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).


Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.


The competition winners will be granted an opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on Buildner's website and social networks.


The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.

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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 Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]  

Flora Lee

Associate Partner, MAD Architects


Guillem Carrera Rey

Guillem Carrera Arquitecte


Ondřej Chybík


Czech Republic

Alan Dunlop

Architect, Alan Dunlop Architects


Adam Snow Frampton

Only If


Avi Friedman

Professor at McGill University


Dr Nirit Pilosof

Head of Research in Innovation and Transformation at Sheba Medical Centre


Maria Alessandra Segantini

founding partner and director of C+S Architects


Susanne Siepl-Coates

member of the architecture faculty at Kansas State University


Steven Wright

Principal at Perkins Eastman


The competition does not specify a particular demographic within the senior population. However, the focus of the design should be primarily on relatively active and able-bodied seniors. That being said, the realities of aging necessitate flexibility in design. As circumstances may change for individuals over time, including varying levels of mobility and physical health, the design should anticipate and accommodate these potential changes. This is a critical aspect of creating a senior living environment that is truly inclusive, adaptive, and considerate of a resident's evolving needs. Therefore, while our primary target demographic is active seniors, we encourage designs that exhibit adaptability and inclusivity, considering the diverse potential needs of the senior community.
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.
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.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
Please contact us – [email protected] and we will address the problem directly.
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 Sustainability award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
The short answer is yes, you may submit a lpreviously published design concept as long as you are the author. Before re-submitting your project, please carefully read the following clarification points listed here -
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