A new $10m fund set up by Airbnb plans to turn people’s quirky architecture dreams into reality in a bid to boost the rental network’s collection of unusual home stays.
The initiative will support 100 new homes and is open for anyone to apply to – with the proviso, only the ‘craziest ideas’ will receive funding. For inspiration, entrants can look at Airbnb’s existing roster of weird and wonderful architecture – including a six-ton prop potato-turned-house and a tiny house shaped like a submarine.
The $10m OMG! Fund is open for applications until 22 July, after which entries will be judged by a panel including style icon Iris Apfel, design practice Takada Architects, Airbnb VP of Experiential Creative Product Bruce Vaughn, and Kristie Wolfe – the owner of the aforementioned potato.
Judges will assess homes based on originality, experience and sustainability, as well as feasibility – meaning designs will have to be within the realm of possibility. According to Airbnb, the ambition is to have the 100 winning homes completed in 2023.