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Friday, 21 February, 2025

Competition Introduction

Welcome to the Minimal Dwelling 2024 competition hosted by Archiol Competitions! In its second edition, this competition invites participants to delve into the core principles of minimalism within the realm of residential architecture. As contemporary society continues to evolve amidst the proliferation of digital technologies and an abundance of materials, this competition serves as a platform to celebrate the profound beauty and efficiency inherent in minimalist design.
Embracing the ethos of simplicity, functionality, and liberation, Minimal Dwelling 2024 encourages architects and designers to strip away excess and focus on the essential elements that define living spaces. This competition provides an opportunity to explore innovative approaches to space utilization, material selection, and spatial organization while honoring the principles of minimalism.
Participants are challenged to create dwellings that embody the essence of minimalism, fostering environments that prioritize tranquility, efficiency, and harmony with the surrounding context. By embracing minimalism, architects have the chance to redefine conventional notions of luxury and opulence, emphasizing instead the profound richness found in simplicity and thoughtful design.
Through Minimal Dwelling 2024, we invite participants to push the boundaries of architectural expression, inspiring a new generation of designers to embrace the elegance and efficiency of minimalist living spaces. Join us as we embark on a journey to explore the transformative power of minimalism in shaping the future of residential architecture.

The primary objective of this competition is to challenge participants to design a minimalistic home for a family of three: Mr. & Mrs. Smith and their five-year-old daughter. The design should embody simplicity, functionality, and peaceful coexistence with nature while meeting the family's basic needs.

The minimal dwelling should accommodate the following spaces:
• Living area
• Kitchen (catering to Mr. Smith's love for cooking)
• Working space for Mrs. Smith (a digital artist working full-time from home)
• space for the couple
• space for the daughter
• Bathroom facilities
The total area should not exceed 37 square meters (BUA) to align with the essence of minimalism.

Participants are free to choose a countryside location that complements the family's desire for serenity and closeness to nature. The choice of site should be justified based on its suitability for the family's lifestyle and the design's integration with the natural surroundings.