SkyCity Challenge 19 “The Future of Housing”


Creative Ideas Design

Location (s):

  • China
  • Online


After a successful completion of our first challenge last year, SkyCity again, is pleased to invite architects, designers, artists, engineers, scientists, conservationists, digital nomads, craftsmen or basically anyone with great ideas from around the globe to take part in the SkyCity Challenge 19, “THE FUTURE OF HOUSING”.


The current ways of building are affecting the environment we are living in, they are limited and outdated. We believe with the modern technology available, we are able to create far more sophisticated homes that could revolutionize the future of housing.

We hope this new prefab construction prototype will be one of its kind, openly shared around the globe, with each location representing a unique culture inspired by world communities. We hope to create a sustainable building set available to the cooperatives around the world. Therefore, we invite you to co-create this “FUTURE OF HOUSING” in SkyCity with us.


We want you to design a home that can be dismantled after a time period and used again as if it were just simple prefab modular pieces (eg. LEGO® or IKEA®). A home made out of ready-made slabs which together form a simple disassemblable set. We want you to design this system partially out of BCORE (a special stainless steel material). The pieces must  be easily transportable using traditional shipping containers which when flat-packed can fit into a 2.43m (8ft) wide, 2.59m (8.5ft) high and 12.2m (40ft) long shipping container and assemblable anywhere on our planet by the use of a small crew with equipment. 

We will be judging the projects according to several aspects:

  • overal cost
  • disassemblability
  • energy efficiency / energy productivity
  • prefabrication
  • stackability
  • ability to withstand natural disasters
  • eco-friendliness
  • off grid possibility
  • building / dismantling requirements
  • aesthetics
  • upkeep
  • the percentage of BCORE used

You can situate your project in any kind of environment on any location around our planet, however we need you to design your set fully or at least partially out of BCORE. Broad group developed this material exactly for this purpose and we believe that currently it is the most firm, specialized and sustainable building material allowing us to build almost any type of building.  Since we are planning to develop this modular home with the future winning team, we are focused on finding the most convincing and technologically sophisticated building set for the housing of the future! 

Remember, we are inviting you not just to design a simple home but a whole construction set that will form a future startup, which will be operating worldwide. Our goal in the future is being able to ship our housing set around the globe to anyone in need.


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Description of Ideal Candidate:

Everyone is invited to participate, from any part of the world. At least one member of the group must be fluent in one of world’s 3 most used languages:  English, Spanish or Chinese. However all of the entries must be submitted in English. Each team can consist of 5 members at most, but you may also submit an entry alone. Members with different fields of expertise per each team are highly encouraged. We think globally.


All the competition files should be submitted in digital form, however we still want to print your file on foam boards for their presentation. Please organize your thoughts into 2 vertical project board files (A0 – 841 x 1189mm ISO paper size international dimensions) in high quality (min. 150 dpi) PDF format which we can print ourselves. We recommend you to organize the Project Board #1 with presentation about your system ( pieces design / visualizations / ways of assembly schemes) and Project Board #2 with a presentation of your Future Prefab Home made out of your building set that fits into a traditional shipping container.  Each board must include your verification ID number (which you’ll receive from us via email upon registration) on its lower right hand corner.


Deadline: October 01, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

We will be dividing $15,000 USD altogether, for the best ideas. The winning team will be then invited to co-live with us during the SkyCity Residence month in Changsha, set in March of 2020. We will also grant the winning team with an additional $2,000 USD as traveling allowance and fully cover their stay in China (housing + food included). 

*The winners will be announced on the 1st of November 2019 on our media platforms as well as published in several international magazines and their online platforms.


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