Dezeen x MINI Living Future Urban Home Competition

Dezeen x MINI Living Future Urban Home Competition

How will we live in cities in 100 years' time? Dezeen is teaming up with MINI Living to invite readers to design an urban home of the future.

Update: This competition is now closed – click here to see the winning designs.


MINI Living is a project by MINI that aims to translate one of the car brand's key design principles – the creative use of space – into real architectural solutions for how people live, work and interact in cities. Working predominantly with small spaces, the project seeks to answer urban challenges in a way that combines the brand's design knowledge with the spirit of experience and fun under the maxim: "big life, small footprint".

We are looking for conceptual designs that respond to that maxim and propose innovative solutions that make the most of available space.

In addition, we are asking entrants to consider what other challenges cities could face in 100 years' time and for their urban home concept to respond creatively to those issues as well.

We are looking for original and imaginative ideas for the future of urban living. Proposals do not need to meet any particular specification and can be for any city around the world, but submitted designs must demonstrate creative use of space and entrants will need to explain how their entry solves the issues they foresee cities will face in 100 years' time.

Who can enter?

The competition is free to enter to anyone, from anywhere around the world, as long as they are at least 18 years old .

Professional designers, studios, non-designers, students and teams are all invited to participate.

Winners and prizes

A selection of the best designs will be published on Dezeen, with total prize money of £10,000 available for the top three designs – £5,000 for the winner, £3,000 for the runner up and £2,000 for third place.


Winners will be selected by a jury comprising:

› Marcus Fairs, Dezeen editor-in-chief
› Amy Frearson, Dezeen editor
› Oke Hauser, MINI Living creative lead
› Corinna Natter, MINI Living designer

How to enter

Contestants will need to submit their entry via this form and include the following information.

› Name of their design, which will appear on all communication and media coverage
› Description of their design, including an explanation of how it responds to the maxim "big life, small footprint" by demonstrating the creative use of space, as well as details of how the design responds to other challenges cities could face in 100 years' time
› A hero image that presents their vision in the strongest way
› A plan, elevation and section
› Up to five additional supporting images, which could include renders, sketches, drawings, photographs of models, or any other visual material that conveys their concept
› Optionally, entrants can also submit a video file representing their design, such as a virtual fly through of a 3D model, or an animation

Entrants must read and agree to abide by the competition terms and conditions before entering.

Closing date

All entries must be received by 23:59 BST on 10 September 2018. Any entries received after this date will not be considered.

The winners will be announced in November 2018.

Intellectual property rights

Intellectual property rights for submitted designs will remain with the entrant, but by entering the competition entrants grant Dezeen and MINI rights to use the submitted images and video for the purposes of promoting the competition.

Entrants must also warrant that their entry does not in anyway infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other person or company.

See the terms and conditions for full details.


For any enquiries relating to the competition, please email [email protected].