House of Santa Architecture Competition

2018-12-20 ~ 2019-03-04
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

In 2013, Young Bird Plan, founded by Isa Ye, is an international platform for high-quality design competitions. With three key elements: construction, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, the platform makes every effort to create opportunities for young designers in China. It is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like architecture design, landscaping design, interior design, product design, logo design and fashion design. Young Bird Plan has attracted 879 colleges and universities and 3,388 design institutes in 217 cities of 54 countries.

Since establishment, the platform is committed to providing young designers with more practical opportunities with the concept of “Competition makes a different world”. On the other hand, it constantly connects and meets various demands from political, business, and academic circles and actively fills supply and demand gaps among designers, manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. As a result, design competition projects and related products focusing on urban space and daily life will be further promoted and perfectly made, which contributes to the urbanization in China. It is one of the most influential design competition platforms in the world.


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.