This global competition invites architects, designers, artists, and students to think locally about reinventing the concept of dwellings based on materials at hand. Entrants are challenged to incorporate the historic notion of people having to build their homes out of whatever they could find within a 100-mile radius. Because of that limitation those houses were inherently responsive to their landscapes and naturally climate controlled, so these designs also must focus on regionally minded sustainability.
The location for the 100 Mile House is Vancouver, British Columbia, and the proposed design should accommodate a family of four within 1,200 square feet on a 33-foot-by-120-foot lot. All materials and products speced for the house have to be made within 100 miles of Vancouver, but entrants are encouraged to think about their design being modified and built anywhere in the world. Judges will be looking for inventive solutions that follow accepted construction practices, but also contain creativity and luxury. Entries are due on or before April 19 and can be submitted electronically according to the Architecture Foundation of British Columbia’s guidelines.