After a successful completion of our first challenge SkyCity again, is pleased to invite architects, designers, artists, engineers to take part in the SkyCity Challenge 19, THE FUTURE OF HOUSING.  The current ways of building are affecting the environment we are living in, they are limited and outdated. We believe with the modern technology available, we are able to create far more sophisticated homes that could revolutionize the future of housing.

We want you to design a home that can be dismantled after a time period and used again as if it were just simple prefab modular pieces. A home made out of ready-made slabs which together form a simple disassemblable set. We want you to design this system partially out of BCORE (a special stainless steel material that we created). The pieces must be easily transportable using traditional shipping containers and assemblable anywhere on our planet by the use of a small crew with equipment.  You can situate your project in any kind of environment on any location around our planet.


Carlo Ratti – Architect Engineer CRA, Director of MIT SENSEABLE CITY Lab
Liu Xiaodu – Principal Architect and co-founder of U URBANUS
Daan Roosegaarde – Studio ROOSEGAARDE, Technology & Art in urban environment
Zhang Yue – Founder & chairman of BROAD Group
Francisco Brown – Architect, Journalist ARQUINE, OIM member
SkyCity Team – Daniel Zhang / Gábor Szentpétery / Dan Gamboa


All the competition files should be submitted in digital form, however we still want to print your file on foam boards for their presentation. Please organize your thoughts into 2 vertical project board files (A0 – 841 x 1189mm ISO paper size international dimensions) in high quality (min. 150 dpi) PDF format which we can print ourselves. We recommend you to organize the Project Board #1 with presentation about your system ( set design / visualizations / ways of assembly schemes) and Project Board #2 with a presentation of your Future Prefab Home made out of your building set that fits into a traditional shipping container.


1st place: $5,000 USD
2nd place: $3,000 USD
3rd place $2,000 USD
4th – 8th place: $1,000 USD
Winning team travel allowance: $2000 USD + One month Residence in SkyCity, Changsha, China.
Total Awards: $17,000


April 1st, 2019    Competition announcement
October 1st, 2019    Deadline for all entries
November 1st, 2019    Winner’s announcement
March 2020     SkyCity Residence of the Winning team starts
April 2020     SkyCity Residence ends, the blueprint for the prototype construction ready

Everyone is invited to participate, from any part of the world. At least one member of the group must be fluent in one of world’s 3 most used languages:  English, Spanish or Chinese. However all of the entries must be submitted in English. Each team can consist of 5 members at most, but you may also submit an entry alone.

We hope this new prefab construction prototype will be one of its kind, openly shared around the globe, with each location representing a unique culture inspired by world communities. We hope to create a sustainable building set available to the cooperatives around the world. Therefore, we invite you to co-create the future of housing in SkyCity with us.