MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

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MICROHOME 2021 – Small living, huge impact!

December 7, 2021

photograph of house-shaped blocks on grass

The annual Microhome architecture competition is part of the Bee Breeders Small Architecture Appreciation Movement, which hopes to highlight the fact that bigger isn’t always better. With great design and innovative thinking, small-scale architecture could change how this and the next generation view residential property.

For the MICROHOME 2021 architecture competition, participants are invited to submit their designs for a micro home – an off-grid modular structure that would accommodate a hypothetical young professional couple (which will be used as an example family size throughout the competition series). The only requirement is that the structure’s total floor area does not exceed 25m2, beyond that participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible.

Participants are encouraged to rethink spatial organization and incorporate unique aesthetics, new technologies and innovative materials that will make the micro home an entirely new form of architecture.

3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honorable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 6,000 €  in prize money to competition winners as follows:

  • 1st Prize – 3,000 €
  • 2nd Prize – 1,500 €
  • 3rd Prize – 500 €
  • ARCHHIVE Student Award – 500 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS (
  • Bee Breeders Green Award – 500 €

+ 6 honourable mentions

Advance Registration: MAY 12 – SEPTEMBER 7
Last Minute Registration: SEPTEMBER 8 – NOVEMBER 2

Closing date for registration: NOVEMBER 2, 2021
Closing date for submission: DECEMBER 7, 2021 (11.59pm GMT)
Announcement of the winners: FEBRUARY 15, 2022


Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects
Brian Gaudio, Module Housing
Anne Cecilie Haug, Snøhetta
Carlo Ratti, MIT Senseable City Lab, CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati
Jemuel Joseph, Cover Technologies
Sheri Koones, author
Francesca Perani, Francesca Perani Enterprise, RebelArchitette, cutoutmix


December 7, 2021
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