Foreword

MICROHOME is the fifth edition of an annual architecture competition launched as part of Buildner’s Small-Scale Architecture series. As the affordable housing crisis continues to expand to cities around the globe, and as natural resources dwindle in the face of climate and economic crises, the competition seeks replicable ideas for living small, to better serve our changing world.

MICROHOME has been organised in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS publications, which is excited to announce the first issue of its bi-annual MICROHOME Magazine. This publication carefully curates the most innovative ideas submitted as part of the MICROHOME competition series, alongside built and conceptual small-scale residential works by architecture firms and product manufacturers from around the globe.

 

 

Order MICROHOME Magazine Issue 01 here

 


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 site, of any size, anywhere in the world.

Buildner collaborated with an international jury that included: Thomas Christoffersen, a partner at BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Sevince Bayrak, an architect, writer and co-founder of SO?, an Istanbul-based studio working on architecture and urbanism; Sarah Broadstock is an architect at London-based Studio Bark; Anne Cecilie Haug, the director of staffing, senior architect, and member of the research and innovation team at Snøhetta; Gavin Hale-Brown, Principal of London-based Henley Hale-Brown, which recently received the prestigious Neave Brown Award for social housing; Norihisa Kawashima, founder and principal of Nori Architects in Japan; Francesca Perani, founder of Bergamo, Italy-based Francesca Perani Enterprise, and co-founder of activist project RebelArchitette; and Patrik Schumacher, company director at Zaha Hadid Architects.

Buildner and its jury team thank each of the designers who took part in this competition.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
MICROHOME
Enter the next competition edition
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

Micro Colony

We can think out of the box and try different kinds of concepts and new experiments. Thinking conceptually, applying new ideas and developing sketches into actual buildings and concepts – in some small measure, it is a feeling of the divine, because you are allowing something that was not there to be created. It appears later in its context, providing meaning and experience.

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Company Uarchitects
Authors Misak Terzibasiyan, Amir Feizinezhadgheshlagh, Thimo Derks
Country Netherlands
  • 6/10 Linework
  • 7/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 8/10 Layout
  • 8/10 Hierarchy
  • 8/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 10/10 Clarity of story
  • 8/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Degradable dwelling

Participating in architecture competitions allows me to push my creativity and grants me the freedom of experimenting with innovative solutions without many restrictions.

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Author Lionel Giordano
Country United Kingdom
  • 10/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 8/10 Hierarchy
  • 10/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 8/10 Clarity of story
  • 10/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

3rd Prize Winner +
BUILDNER STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Grounded House

We like to challenge ourselves, work on something together and learn new skills and architecture competitions are a great way to do that. We also want to do more projects than we have on our studies and we have the freedom to do whatever project we want. Through team work we learn how to communicate and discover what we need in order to work our best. We also like to add our voices to a discussion and show solutions that bring something new to the table.

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Authors Aleksandra Musiał, Alicja Adela Jarochowska
Country Poland
+122 points Buildner University Rankings
  • 9/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 8/10 Hierarchy
  • 8/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 9/10 Clarity of story
  • 8/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

BUILDNER SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Project name

A pallet size house

Architecture competitions have two sides that make them attractive to us: on one hand, it is a way to democratize architecture by making everyone compete on the same level, and on the other hand, it is a way to go back to designing as it was done in the academy. Somehow, an architecture competition allows proposals to be made in an unprejudiced way. This is similar to what happens when studying at the university, and in the project courses more risky possibilities are considered, which in real life or work are difficult to achieve when there is a client.

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Authors Eloy Bahamondes, Lucas Vásquez, Johann Grünenwald
Country Chile

Honorable Mentions

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Project name

Konj

Authors Nasim Mollazadeh Sorkhabi, Sara Vejdan, Arezou Fallah, Nikki Hadad
Country Canada
Project name

3 Scenes of Home

Author Han Kuo
Country Taiwan
Project name

AGAR

Authors Merve Uçan, Berat Can Öztan
Country Germany
Project name

Student Housing Module

Authors Amaury Hernández Ochoa, Anabel Morales Villar, Javier Alejandro Cuadra Aruca, Mariangel Pérez Acosta
Country Cuba
Project name

MICASA

Author Romana Dariana Benea
Country Romania
Project name

Brew Together Cafe House

Shortlisted projects

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Sliding Puzzle House

Jihoon Kim

United States

Hearthome

Gregory Campbell

Canada

Garden House

Blake Hageman

United States

Gobi Hut

Qiu Mengbai

Wu Yue

Deng Junyue

Xia Xue

China

be-slow-home

Aron Biro

Bim.group kft

Hungary

Reconfigure :II: Reconvene

Akshat Goyal

Ethan Pulvermacher

Moises Enciso

Illinois institute of technology

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

SAMPAN HOME

烽 叶

家卓 代

钎 黄

馥洁 魏

Wuhan university of technology

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
China

AGAR

Merve Uçan

Berat Can Öztan

Germany

"Compact 5²"

Inch Architects

Belarus

Grounded House

Aleksandra Musiał

Alicja Adela Jarochowska

Warsaw university of technology , politechnika warszawska

+122 points Buildner University Rankings!
Poland

FLIPBLOCK

Yiying Tang

Yue Lu

Shijia Liu

United States

Degradable dwelling

Lionel Giordano

United Kingdom

The responsible cabin

Nikolaj Nielsen

Marie Louise Kristiansen

Jonas Posselt

Denmark

[Re]build

Ewelina Rybus

Poland

Compact nature living

Nina Novakovic

Tamara Milošević

Serbia

Revolving & Composite

Ang Li

Bo Shang

Haochen Jia

Chengyu Wu

Bj architects international

Australia

MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

Monika Głowala

Poland

Brew Together Cafe House

Chuyu Zhang

China

A pallet size house

Eloy Bahamondes

Lucas Vásquez

Johann Grünenwald

B+v arquitectos

Chile

MICASA

Romana Dariana Benea

Romania

BOX out OF the BOX

Gabriel-andrei Alexoiu

Cristiana Comanici

Bianca Paun

Conic design studio srl

Romania

circular living

Alicia Davis

Maximilian Hauss

Matthias Hauss

Simon Pscherer

Germany

Micro Colony

Misak Terzibasiyan

Amir Feizinezhadgheshlagh

Thimo Derks

Uarchitects

Netherlands

Micro-EcoHome

Alistair Lillystone

United Kingdom

Global Microhome

Abdel rahman Bitar

Ola Bitar

Anas Bitar

Bitar consultants, architects, engineers & project managers

Jordan

ANYWHERE

Cristina Bao ye

Spain

RESILIENT HOUSE

Laura Suvieri

Andrea Tumiati

University of perugia (rettorato università degli studi di perugia)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Italy

THE ROVING HOUSE

Mahsa Rezvani

Iran

Konj

Nasim Mollazadeh Sorkhabi

Sara Vejdan

Arezou Fallah

Nikki Hadad

Canada

The Stage

Buza Oleg

Ion mincu university of architecture and urbanism - uauim

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Romania

Shelter

Tai Lucas

The university of newcastle, australia

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Australia

futarigurashi 二人暮らし

Bart Bliek

Delft university of technology, tu delft , technical university delft

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Netherlands

HEIMAT

Laura Blažytė

Regina Jędrzejek

Deekshita Nair

The university of manchester

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United Kingdom

TH-1 Module

David Morrison

United States

THE SHIFT CULTIVATOR'S SAFE SPACE

Peter Kasozi

Uganda

3 Scenes of Home

Han Kuo

Taiwan

PINECONE

Harun Sabljaković

Sabina Filipović

Bosnia

Silvergrass House

Jakub Gasek

Kornelia Nejmańska

Poznan university of technology , politechnika poznańska

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Poland

S.O.S.

Emiliano Renovales

Andrea Martinez

Mexico

Student Housing Module

Amaury Hernández Ochoa

Anabel Morales Villar

Javier Alejandro Cuadra Aruca

Mariangel Pérez Acosta

Cuba