House of Santa Architecture Competition

2018-12-20 ~ 2019-03-04
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Architecture design

Competition introduction

Type: Architectural Design

Organizer: Volume Zero

PartnerYoung Bird Plan

Eligibility: Unlimited

Submission deadline: March 4th, 2019


About Competition

The most beloved figure for everyone around the world (kids and adults alike), Santa Claus, needs a new home in the Arctic Circle, and he is looking for a new, young architect to help him build his dream. With the world transforming at a rapid speed, Santa is looking to build a new, improved home that will make his living and working easier. His older house at the North Pole was built keeping in mind his former needs and functions.

As the world’s population expands, Santa needs more space, and a better equipped one, to make more toys for all the kids. One of the jolliest people in the world, he receives many guests every year; ones he would like to entertain at his new place. Also, he would like to invite a few kids every year to spend time with him at his new place, visit his toy factory and enjoy the beautiful Arctic.

Challenge: We invite all the architects, designers, students, thinkers, engineers around the world to come to help Santa build his dream home using their imagination, innovation and creativity.

BIG IDEA – an inventive solution for Santa and his guests. We want you to translate your imagination into acreative design solution that adapts with today’s day and age.

Along with a house the participants are to design a Toy Workshop, one where Santa’s elves will be making toys for the children all over the world. The participants are to design Santa’s Home based on the following program:

  • Mr and Mrs Santa’s new Home; a house that is a smart combination of creativity, technology, and space design
  • Office space and Post office
  • Toy Workshop • Dwelling areas for 50 Elves [the spatial configuration and anthropometrics should be feasible from the elves usability point of view]
  • Visitor accommodations for 10 guests and 20 kids with Play area
  • Garage space for Santa’s sleigh and a stable area for his nine reindeers


「About Volume Zero

An international platform for showcasing works of upcoming designers, we at Volume Zero offer a unique perspective to young architects and design enthusiasts. Our innovative magazine presents exclusive insights and information about various projects spanning the fields of architecture, interior décor, product design and landscape spaces from around the world, motivating design enthusiasts and dreamers.

We celebrate each design, its distinctiveness and the inimitable, creative mind behind it. We aim to emphasize the designer’s core principles and the meticulous process that transforms a concept into a revolutionary reality.

As a part of this initiative, we have been hosting various open design and idea competitions to encourage and inspire young, talented designers and students from around the globe. Our team of young architectural professionals from Mumbai, India aspire to create a dais for young design talent that will motivate and embolden them to think differently, beyond their boundaries and showcase their work on this global forum. We intend to be a frontrunner in the field of architectural competition platforms and design magazines in India and on an international level. We aim to revolutionize the dynamics of design competition formats and the user demands all round the clock.


「About Young Bird Plan

Founded in 2013 by Isa Ye, Young Bird Plan, affiliated with Shanghai YoungBird Brand Management Co., Ltd is an international competition platform for global design talents. With three key elements, viz. fabrication, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, it is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like urban design, architecture design, landscaping design, interior design, product design, logo design and fashion design. Since its inception, the platform has received submissions from 879 colleges and universities and 3,388 design institutes in 217 cities of 54 countries.

On the one hand, we constantly connect and meet various demands from political, business, and academic circles and actively fill supply and demand gaps among designers, manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. We are committed to design and innovation, and offering opportunities for creative minds around the world to participate in creation process, so as to propel the implementation of design projects and products focusing on urban spaces and life aesthetics. Besides, Young Bird Plan is devoted to pushing the urban development and offering high-quality solutions to product updates. On the other hand, as one of the most influential design competition platforms around the world, we make every effort to create opportunities for young designers.

By now, we have cooperated with several governments, development agencies and international brands, e.g., Suichang County of Zhejiang Province, Yongchuan District of Chongqing City, Suzhou New District, China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone, Vanke Group, China Fortune Properties, Westbund, Leliving, Sunbrella, Destelli, MATSU Group, Xiao Guan Tea, Dongpeng Group, etc.


Prizes of total USD 3200, broken down as follows:

 1st Prize: USD 1600 + Certificate + Trophies + Publication

✰ 2nd Prize: USD 1000 + Certificate+ Trophies + Publication

✰ 3rd Prize: USD 600 + Certificate+ Trophies + Publication

✰ 10 Honourable mentions: Certificates

Winners and Honourable Mentions will be published on Volume Zero website and several international architecture and design magazines. To show our appreciation, all the participants would receive participation certificate.