International Architecture Competition

MICROHOME 2020 -
Small living,
huge impact!

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

MICROHOME 2020 - 
Small living, 
huge impact!

Official Partners

MICROHOME 2020 - 
Small living, 
huge impact!

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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1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Horror Vacui

Country

Italy

Project authors

Giovanni Cavaglion
Pu Wang
Emanuele Cavaglion
Xiaoxu Liang

jury commentary

Horror Vacui – a postulate attributed to Aristotle, who articulated for the field of physics a belief that "nature abhors an empty space". This is a beautifully - rendered project for a transformative housing unit that functions like a machine, with retractable ceiling and floor modules controlled via app. The jury writes, - “It is a good solution to exploit the maximum space available in any layout mode. It Interestingly integrates the digital into the physical space, to make it flexible and adaptable to the user.” The project yields a creative use of small spaces by a simple construction system that provides multiple atmospheres and usage scenarios.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Bricoleur River-House Initiative

Country

Australia

Project authors

Georgia Huang
Andrew Kurniawan
Leonardo Vincent

jury commentary

BRI – Bricoleur River House – Initiative - is an upcycling proposal for the polluted and crowded slums of cities like Jakarta, Indonesia. The submission offers a prototype micro-housing unit that combines the reuse of building materials from slums with 3D-printed plastic waste recycled from rivers. The jury comments, “The proposal combines material and spatial innovation to contribute to a more social, ecologic, and economically sustainable urban future in developing countries.” The entry suggests a variety of module types, accompanied by axonometric sections shaped to integrate cross-ventilation and integrated plumbing, as well as vernacular elements, such as the Javanese pendhapa – a pavilion-like structure, built on columns, for outdoor spaces shaded from the sun.

3RD PRIZE WINNER+
ARCHHIVE BOOKS Student Award

Project Name

Anonymous Watchman

University

University of new south wales

Country

Australia

Project authors

Jinlong Li
Sen Yan
Xibao Ren
Huichao Luo

jury commentary

The jury writes of Anonymous Watchman, - “Tiny, compact and beautiful – just as a microhome should be – with integrated energy and water solutions, good daylight without being transparent, and the use of simple and natural materials.” The project proposes a rectangular block form with articulated pocket windows, a circular rooftop water collection tank, and a single curved corner – these articulate the form just enough to give it refined, idiosyncratic proportions without appearing over-designed. It is an excellent and tasteful proposal that reads like a product in the vein of those by MUJI, IKEA, Toyota, and a host of other recent companies offering well-designed prefab housing units for off-grid living.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

E-COMMUNITY

Country

Italy

Project authors

Ali bugra Cebeci
Oguz kemal Basar

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

The High Sierra

University

Universidad iberoamericana puebla

Country

Mexico

Project authors

Mauricio Bastidas Azotla

Project Name

Clochán

Country

Ireland

Project authors

Ben Mc quaid

Project Name

Pivot House

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Ibrahim Muasher
Gergana Popova
Simon Taylor

Project Name

MODULAR HOUSING UNIT

University

Politechnika warszawska

Country

Poland

Project authors

Zuzanna Słabik

Project Name

Breathing House

Country

United States

Project authors

Tommy Nam
Eujean Cheong

Project Name

Purifying Home

University

Delft university of technology

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Aiste Rakauskaite
Kiana Mousavi
Savanne Van Harrewijen

Shortlisted projects

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Italy

giovanni cavaglion
pu wang
emanuele cavaglion
xiaoxu liang

Argentina

santiago muros

Serbia

jovana dmitrić

Chile

pablo larroulet
toni cremades villanueva

Spain

olga rof enriquez

Poland

Politechnika warszawska

zuzanna słabik

Netherlands

Delft university of technology

aiste rakauskaite
kiana mousavi
savanne van harrewijen

Austria

marianne machner

Canada

mayank shekhawat

Panama

amilcar perez
diane lan
ariel arosemena

France

anouck badina
javier pose bazarra

Australia

wes whittle

United States

esther sperber
audrey chan
kellen thayer

Netherlands

fatemeh mahmoudyar
mahta aminali

Spain

michael salka
vicente guallart
daniel ibañez

Mexico

Universidad iberoamericana puebla

mauricio bastidas azotla

Italy

ali bugra cebeci
oguz kemal basar

United States

Virginia tech

blake massie

United Kingdom

ibrahim muasher
gergana popova
simon taylor

Ireland

ben mc quaid

Turkey

Ofis 16 architecture

eser koken isleyici
seckin dingil
busra ates kaya
zeynep diken

United States

jinwoo kim

Philippines

ma. shena paz monfero
kayla alyssa guino
nelson aldrich silva
stephen limin

Australia

University of new south wales

jinlong li
sen yan
xibao ren
huichao luo

Argentina

florencia mischelejis
santiago carlos peña fiorda
valeria ospital greslebin
agustin llobera

Ireland

ronan atkins

China

Tongji university

yinsong bai
xingjie lyu
fanqing meng

United States

michael hoover
abigail peters

United States

University of virginia

evan sparkman
colin frazier

Czech Republic

Archip

hannah holmen
dandika thanos

Australia

Plans in motion

maggie cusdin
adriano zarosinski
stuart yeap

Portugal

Universidade lusíada

josé miguel marques

Australia

georgia huang
andrew kurniawan
leonardo vincent

United States

tommy nam
eujean cheong

Philippines

elaine salufrania
alfred theodore bandojo

Montenegro

djordje radovic
luka papan

China

Shanghai university

jinwei yang
ziyao he

Canada

stephanie ng
jamie wong
joanna allida
nancy luo

Poland

Politechnika wrocławska

sebastian krawczyk
szymon chrzanowski

Latvia

helmuts nežborts
 

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