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With the environmental and financial setbacks that we face today in the dawn of a new pandemic age, the desire to have more freedom has led people to follow simpler and efficient ways of living. Today, the home has become our shield – protecting its inhabitants from a virus, while providing them with the necessities for survival. Now with everyone spending almost all of their time indoors, this scenario has presented designers with an opportunity to redefine the idea of “home”.

This coupled with an urge to reduce their footprint has sparked up a small-scaled house movement around the world, one which does not only reduce the pressure o our resources at the same time is versatile to fulfill all the needs and desires of its Users creating an experience like no other.


The competition invites you to design a small-scaled home for 2 working individuals of any age group optimized for spatial e­fficiency to fulfill all the needs of its users. The designed home should not exceed an area restriction of 300 sq. ft built-up with spatial adaptability and versatility at the crux of the design to optimize space e­fficiency.

Participants are required to anticipate and provide for the needs that the users may need in the unseen future and also spatially accommodate guests and pets. The designed home can sport versatile makeshift temporary yet comfortable spaces for functions that are not core to the home.

Being a home that is aimed to reduce the impact on the environmental and financial resources participants are encourage to visualize a completely off-the-grid solution incorporating smart technologies promoting sustainability and environmental equilibrium.

The designed solution has to be larger than life with not with its size but with the impact that it casts on its users and whoever witnessing the space and the functions must include and not be limited to – Living Space| Kitchen | Sleeping area for 2 | Bathing | Space for Working | Recreational spaces | Any other functions that you feel can enhance the space. The designed proposal can be a model centered to be a versatile module that can be replicated, moved, or assembled with minimal modifications to different locations in the world or as per specific site context.

Participants are free to decide their approach. Client Interaction is one of the critical components of the design proposal. For this competition, entrants may assume an individual, couple, or a genre of people, based on the design concept.

Site Selection

As there is no specified competition site, project designs can be set within any hypothetical site of any size, in either a city or countryside location anywhere in the world. The jury would be judging the entries on-site justification.


Everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, are invited to join the competition and present their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary.


  • 1st Prize: USD $2000 + Certificate + Publication
  • 2nd Prize: USD $1200 + Certificate + Publication
  • 3rd Prize: USD $800 + Certificate + Publication
  • 10 Honourable Mentions: Certificates

Winners and Honourable Mentions will be published on the Volume Zero website and several international architecture and design magazines.

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