Foreword

MICROHOME 2020 is an annual architecture competition organized as part of Bee Breeders’ Small-Scale Architecture competition series, and in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS publications.

As the affordable housing crisis expands to a larger number of cities around the globe, and as natural resources dwindle in the face of climate and economic crises, the competition seeks easy-to-replicate ideas for living small, to better serve our changing world.

Even the smallest projects can contain big ideas. In describing Bee Breeders’ campaign to highlight innovative small-scale design work, UN Studio’s Ben van Berkel writes: “[These] projects sometimes generate ideas which can later be extended to larger scale projects. They not only perform as a testing ground for geometric, material and construction related considerations, but they are also invaluable when testing ideas on a conceptual level.”

The MICROHOME competition series challenges participants to submit designs for an off-grid, modular structure to accommodate a hypothetical young professional couple. The only project requirement is that the total floor does not exceed 25m². Participants are encouraged to rethink spatial organization and incorporate unique aesthetics, new technologies and innovative materials. Projects can be set on any hypothetical site, of any size, anywhere in the world.

Bee Breeders collaborated with a strong international jury, which brought insights from a range of practice types. The jury included: Oke Hauser, Vice President of Architecture and Design at Quarters Co-Living in Berlin and former creative lead and project manager of BMW-MINI Living; Brian Gaudio, CEO of Pittsburgh-based Module Housing; Anne Cecilie Haug, Senior Architect at Snøhetta in Oslo; Carlo Ratti, Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab and Milan-based Carlo Ratti Associati; and Patrik Schumacher, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects in London.

Bee Breeders and its jury team thank each of the hundreds of designers who submitted ideas to this competition, from cities around the globe. In partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS, we look forward to presenting some of these ideas and more in our upcoming digital and print books.

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MICROHOME

Design a new concept of small-scale home and share a prize fund of 150,000€

Kingspan Edition - Small living, huge impact! ideas COMPETITION

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Horror Vacui

Because it represents an occasion to explore extreme contexts and unique scenarios.

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Authors Giovanni Cavaglion, Pu Wang, Emanuele Cavaglion, Xiaoxu Liang
Country Italy

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Bricoleur River-House Initiative

We participate in competitions to seek more opportunities to learn about the world of architecture. We see it as a chance to refine and practice the skills we have and through this find our purpose and identity in the way we think and design.

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Authors Georgia Huang, Andrew Kurniawan, Leonardo Vincent
Country Australia

3rd Prize Winner +
ARCHHIVE BOOKS Student Award

Project name

Anonymous Watchman

We love to challenge ourselves and to test our ideas in the global context.

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Authors Jinlong Li, Sen Yan, Xibao Ren, Huichao Luo
Country Australia
+128 points Buildner University Rankings

BB GREEN AWARD

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E-COMMUNITY

We participate in architecture vision competitions because, as young architects, we can develop our skills on an international stage. It is an excellent opportunity to discipline ourselves and push forward our design limits.

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Authors Ali bugra Cebeci, Oguz kemal Basar
Country Italy

Honorable Mentions

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The High Sierra

Author Mauricio Bastidas Azotla
Country Mexico
+72 points Buildner University Rankings
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Clochán

Author Ben Mc quaid
Country Ireland
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Pivot House

Authors Ibrahim Muasher, Gergana Popova, Simon Taylor
Country United Kingdom
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MODULAR HOUSING UNIT

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Breathing House

Authors Tommy Nam, Eujean Cheong
Country United States
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Purifying Home

Authors Aiste Rakauskaite, Kiana Mousavi, Savanne Van Harrewijen
Country Netherlands
+72 points Buildner University Rankings

Shortlisted projects

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Horror Vacui

Giovanni Cavaglion

Pu Wang

Emanuele Cavaglion

Xiaoxu Liang

Italy

3D DWELLING

Santiago Muros

Argentina

House

Jovana Dmitrić

Serbia

ADAPT

Pablo Larroulet

Toni Cremades villanueva

Chile

RAVI

Olga Rof enriquez

Spain

MODULAR HOUSING UNIT

Zuzanna Słabik

Poland

Purifying Home

Aiste Rakauskaite

Kiana Mousavi

Savanne Van Harrewijen

Delft university of technology

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
Netherlands

urban micro housing

Marianne Machner

Austria

Re-House

Mayank Shekhawat

Canada

ADA HOUSE

Amilcar Perez

Diane Lan

Ariel Arosemena

Panama

BREEZEBLOCK

Anouck Badina

Javier Pose bazarra

France

KV Microcabin

Wes Whittle

Australia

MicroPolis

Esther Sperber

Audrey Chan

Kellen Thayer

United States

The car-park effect: a manifesto on how to reclaim lands lost to the automotive industry

Fatemeh Mahmoudyar

Mahta Aminali

Netherlands

The Voxel: Quarantine Cabin

Michael Salka

Vicente Guallart

Daniel Ibañez

Spain

The High Sierra

Mauricio Bastidas Azotla

Universidad iberoamericana puebla

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
Mexico

E-COMMUNITY

Ali bugra Cebeci

Oguz kemal Basar

Italy

Shift House

Blake Massie

United States

Pivot House

Ibrahim Muasher

Gergana Popova

Simon Taylor

United Kingdom

Clochán

Ben Mc quaid

Ireland

MACROWALL

Eser Koken isleyici

Seckin Dingil

Busra Ates kaya

Zeynep Diken

Ofis 16 architecture

Turkey

120-DEGREE HOUSE

Jinwoo Kim

United States

THE HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE

Ma. shena paz Monfero

Kayla alyssa Guino

Nelson aldrich Silva

Stephen Limin

Philippines

Anonymous Watchman

Jinlong Li

Sen Yan

Xibao Ren

Huichao Luo

University of new south wales

+128 points Buildner University Rankings!
Australia

Needle Suburbia

Florencia Mischelejis

Santiago carlos Peña fiorda

Valeria Ospital greslebin

Agustin Llobera

Argentina

CABIN:ET

Ronan Atkins

Ireland

Inner Peace

Yinsong Bai

Xingjie Lyu

Fanqing Meng

China

House B

Michael Hoover

Abigail Peters

United States

ASSEMBLING THE ARCTIC

Evan Sparkman

Colin Frazier

United States

Dharavi Dwellers

Hannah Holmen

Dandika Thanos

Czech Republic

TURNING TINY

Maggie Cusdin

Adriano Zarosinski

Stuart Yeap

Plans in motion

Australia

Shelves House

José miguel Marques

Portugal

Bricoleur River-House Initiative

Georgia Huang

Andrew Kurniawan

Leonardo Vincent

Australia

Breathing House

Tommy Nam

Eujean Cheong

United States

DU·MONO

Elaine Salufrania

Alfred theodore Bandojo

Philippines

CACATOO LODGE

Djordje Radovic

Luka Papan

Montenegro

Contemporary types of Diao Jiao Lou

Jinwei Yang

Ziyao He

China

D[RAIN]

Stephanie Ng

Jamie Wong

Joanna Allida

Nancy Luo

Canada

MISSION POSSIBLE

Sebastian Krawczyk

Szymon Chrzanowski

Politechnika wrocławska

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Poland

Living up

Helmuts Nežborts

Latvia