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Can you build an urban house with just 250 Euros? Enter the Shabbyshabby Apartments Competition to make your affordable dwelling reality in MunichMarch 30th, 2015

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Are you a city lover who’s feeling the pinch of high real estate prices? The German architecture group raumlaborberlin understands your struggle, which is why they’ve launched the Shabbyshabby Apartments Design and Build Competition to address those same issues in Munich, Germany. The competition invites designers from around the world to reinvent Munich with low-cost housing that can comfortably house more than one person within a tight 250 Euro budget. The house can be built in one of seven locations along the Shabbyshabby Axis. Winners will have the opportunity to come to Munich and build their designs in 9 days. The submission deadline is March 30, 2015.

March 30th, 2015

March 30th, 2015



raumlabor and Kammerspiele München will cover costs of accommodation and food, tools and material (max 250€) for the 20 selected winners, but not travel expenses.


This is what you have to deliver:

1. A design on max 3 Din A3 pages with all the illustrations the jury needs to understand your ideas.

Give a name to your project!

Please do not send models!

2. An explanation of max half a page Din A4.

3. A description of your collective and everyone who’s part of it.

4. Don’t forget your contact details - who is your contact person for us?

Your design should be depicted in such a way that your main idea is comprehensible to the jury and your materials/ construction procedure recognizable. In addition, you should illustrate where the room will be located in the city and what relation it has to its surroundings. Try to reduce especially the text. And please state your desired tools for its construction.

See more details on the competition website


Elisabeth Merk

Director Munich Planning Department

Chris Dercon

Director Tate Modern/London

Kazunari Sakamoto

Architect/Tokyo (invited)

Anne-Julchen Bernhardt

Bel Architects/Cologne

Niklas Maak

Journalist FAZ/Berlin

Cecilie Andersson

Director Bergen Architecture School

Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius and Axel Timm