General Requirements

1. Your designed low-cost house has to be no more than 2 floors (including the ground floor) with maximum 500 sq.ft (46 sq.m) for single floor plan, and has to feature basic components for living. The area of 500 sq.ft (46 sq.m) is the gross area for site plan, the total area of the ground floor of building measured to the exterior face of exterior walls. There isn’t any particular floor to floor height, and the house doesn’t have to be strictly geometric.
2. This year’s competition focuses on low-cost house, an affordable and innovative solution to the basic need for small-sized housing for residents. The competition gives the opportunity to think about social, cultural and environmental effects in sustainable design, construction, and operation. Entrants are challenged to conceive a new and original concept for a low-cost house with expandable units or local materials, however, it is not strictly limited to “low tech”. A degree of flexibility and alternative choices are allowed, for example aggregated technologies or prefabricated modular structures, provided it is delivered with adequate justification and feasibility.
3. There is not any specific site location for this competition, as it mainly collects ideas and concepts and aims to create an exemplary prototype for all the new houses to follow. Participants shall choose a fictional location for their conceptual idea and proceed a design work. Possible solutions for plumbing and electricity should be figured out for the family to live comfortably. We also encourage the creation of a new living style that’s not only limited for houses but also can be like pavilions, structures, or landscape that focuses on urban problems and raises awareness of the sustainability.
4. The design philosophy should be affordable, practical, convenient, efficient and easy to construct. The house plan should NOT be in relatively large scale. The topography and landforms can be also customized. Entrants might add other elements that probably support your theme. Please note that your designed house will be produced in urban poor that when putting together on site, reflects your identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated facility.
Submitted Entries (recommended submission content)

1. General plans and layouts of the project, including floor plans and sections, scaled adequately to ensure reading and comprehension of the plans. We suggest using common scale for your designed floor plan, elevations, sections, details, diagrams and perspectives. Participants are allowed to choose flexible and alternative choices, provided it is backed up with adequate justification to explain their design philosophy in the most efficient manner.
2. Diagrams, views, sketches, renderings, or any other form of visual representation that will help explain the project. But video files are NOT accepted. Photographs of architectural models can be included and accepted. Constructive details that are considered optional to explain the project. This is an idea competition and there is no intention that the winning entry will be built in a certain place.
3. The image or board must comply with the following format: your design must be presented in an oriented A1 sheet (841mm×594mm), either horizontal or vertical display is accepted. Minimum 72 dpi, and only JPG/JPEG format is accepted. The submitted file must be no larger than 10 MB in order to facilitate uploads and downloads. Other formats or delivery won’t be accepted, and only the projects uploaded on time will be on the contest.
4. A 450 word-long (maximum) descriptive text. Any text or description can only be delivered in English. The content must be presented on the panel.
5. It’s only allowed to submit one A1 board for each final work. One person could participate as an individual entry or a part of team entry. It is also possible for one team to enter multiple entries. But one registration/payment is only valid for one submitted entry.
6. Since the contest is anonymous, the names of participants must NOT be presented on the board or in the name of the file to be sent. The name of the submitted image file must be your Team Code, eg A1B2C3.jpg. Your Team Code will be sent by email within 72 hours after the registration and payment process. Remember that the code is unique and valid for each submitted entry. Your team code must be put at the corner of the submitted entry.
7. The design entry should be uploaded to the Online Submission System. The system link will be sent through email with your Team Code once your registration fee is confirmed. In case of any query, please contact us at [email protected]