Call for Entries: Flexible Housing – Society

How is it possible to live in a society where changes occur in a fast and simultaneous way? These changes produce new family structures whose temporariness can change several times throughout the life cycle of a person. Therefore, currently there is no single housing prototype associated with a homogeneous sample of similar individuals who live in the same family structures.

Housing was not conceived thinking about changes in family structures, but currently we can see the great deversity: people who live alone, couples without children, couples with one child, group of people who share an apartment, families who take care for an elderly person and so on. How can housing bring in all these changes? What kind of housing do you propose?

All students and architects or related professions anywhere in the world can participate in the contest. Participation can be individual or in groups, being eight (8) the maximum number of members. Team members can be from all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without being necessary, although advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. It is allowed that members are from different universities and countries.


Housing should be able to adapt to different family structures:

- 1 person: The first one is composed by a single-person household, it may be formed by people who choose to live alone, a divorced person or a widow/er.
- 2 people: The second one is composed by a single-parent family or couples without children, siblings, partners.
- 3 people: The third one is composed by couples who have only one child or a number of young people who live together.
- 4 people: Family with two children or a family with one child and an elderly person.
- 5 or more people: Larger families or 5 people sharing a house.


- Flexibility : The development of an adaptable and flexible home to different social structures that can be placed in his home. This can be caused by family changes or the arrival of new people.
- Group : The grouping of the different homes will be considered.
- Rooms : Rethinking rooms as inhabitant´s complex spaces.
- Needs : The housemust cover the needs of habitability: kitchen, bathroom, living rooms and so forth, etc.


The area of the house will be 100 m², but it will be appreciated when resolved in a smaller area. Consequently, it will be taken into account the amount of space dedicated to each inhabitant according to the family structure

The main thing is the architectural quality of the proposal and its flexibility according to the changing situation of family structures described above.

A project that meets all situations in one can be proposed, or otherwise different housing types, one for each case, but with a global and/or common denominator. Therefore, a typology of the dwelling is not required. The housing may be formally developed as the contestant deems appropriate, being able to develop a house in a single floor, double height, fragmented, with stacks, etc.

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Call for Entries: Flexible Housing – Society
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    August 02, 2016 08:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    May 10, 2016 12:00 AM
  • Price

    Early 35 € + IVA; Regular 60 € + IVA; Advanced 90 € + IVA

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Cite: "Call for Entries: Flexible Housing – Society" 18 May 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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