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Melbourne 
Affordable Housing Challenge

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Melbourne 
Affordable Housing Challenge

Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria, Australia, and holds the title of the country’s fastest-growing city. Melbourne had a growth rate of 2.7% from 2016 to 2017, seeing an increase of 125,000 citizens. Experts predict that in order to keep up with the growing population, Melbourne will need 1.6 million new homes to be constructed over the next 35 years, with estimates putting the population over five million by 2021, and over eight million by 2050.



[left] Panorama of Melbourne from Shrine of Remembrance; [right] Melbourne suburbs

This dramatic increase in demand, combined with only incremental increases in supply, has resulted in a massive jump in housing prices, with families being hit the hardest by the lack of affordable housing in the city. The average house price in Greater Melbourne is around $836,000, and properties of 105m2, a size suitable for families, cost roughly $614,000, putting them out of reach for most families.



[right] Leading streets and residential suburbs from Port Melbourne via Southbank to Melbourne city CBD


The Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge is the next competition in the Bee Breeders Affordable Housing series, in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS. For this competition, participants are tasked with creating solutions to Melbourne’s affordable housing problem. Designs should be flexible enough to accommodate a variety of inhabitants, from single professionals to couples and families, allowing for each solution to meet their various requirements.

Design solutions should be applicable to locations throughout Greater Melbourne and, as there are no specific requirements on size, location, or facilities, participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible. The jury will be looking for projects that challenge the typical idea of housing, design, and community as a whole, while at the same time offering practical solutions that could potentially see these designs realised.

Selected winning designs will not only receive prize money, but will also be featured in the next ARCHHIVE BOOKS publication on the topic of affordable housing, scheduled for publication in Spring 2021.


Competition Programme

Design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Melbourne, which can be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials. 

No minimum size or amount of residential units per block is defined. The proposals should be flexible and adaptable enough to adopt to different sizes for various inhabitant capacity requirements. Designs for the Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge should be able to adapt to various locations across the city.  

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Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English. 

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF
    • LAS NORMAS DE COMPETENICA
    • REGRAS DE COMPETIÇÃO
    • REGOLE DI CONCORRENZA

Prizes

6,000 € + Publication in the book
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
3,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
1,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD (more details)
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


PUBLICATIONS:

The winners: 

- get international art and design media coverage 
- will be featured on the Bee Breeders website
- will be featured on the Bee Breeders social pages 
- will be included in the ARCHHIVE BOOKS “What is Affordable Housing?” second edition print publication.


CERTIFICATE:

Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Ben Van Berkel

Founder and Principle, UNStudio, Netherlands

Winy Maas

Founder, MVRDV, Netherlands

Karen Alcock

Principle, MAArchitects, Australia

Tristan Wong

Director of Architecture, SJB Architects, Australia

Linda Cheng

Editor, ArchitectureAU, Australia

Alan Pert

Director, University of Melbourne School of Design, Australia

Kate Raynor

Research Fellow Afordable Housing, University of Melbourne, Australia

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 


All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

FULL JURY PANEL AVAILABLE HERE

Key dates

Closing date for registration

03 November, 2020

Closing date for project submission

08 December, 2020 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

16 February, 2021

Registration fees

  • Advance Registration
    17 June - 08 September
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    80 €
  • Students
    70 €
+21% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    09 September - 03 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    100 €
  • Students
    80 €
+21% VAT

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.

 

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F.A.Q.

Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
The proposed designs should be versatile enough to be replicated at different sites in different areas across the city. The goal is to offer solutions to all of Melbourne, not just one specific site.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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