Airbnb has no real shortage of unusual vacation home designs, like the Air bee and bee, for example. However, the online property rental market may soon welcome a plot more as it has now launched a new competition soliciting the quirkiest ideas for holiday homes, 100 of which will then be funded for construction.
The contest, which resembles another run by Airbnb in 2020, includes a $10 million fund to fund 100 of the “craziest” ideas. Once built, they will be rented out and featured in the so-called OMG! Category, which houses its most unusual rentals.
“Starting today, anyone with an out-of-this-world idea can submit an application,” Airbnb explained. “One hundred people with the craziest ideas will receive $100,000 each to make their creations possible and ultimately bookable. Ideas will be judged by a panel of experts based on originality, feasibility, the experience the space will provide to guests and their sustainability.”
The judges in question are Kristie Wolfe, who is no stranger to producing weird homes herself, as well as architect Koichi Takada, Airbnb’s Bruce Vaughn and the influential interior design and fashion guru Iris Apfel.
Airbnb has helpfully highlighted a few examples of the type of designs it considers suitably bonkers for inspiration. One such mansion, the Yellow Submarine Tiny House, is located in New Zealand. Obviously referencing The Beatles, it looks very authentic, but it’s actually an ingenious original invention made from an old grain silo and other recycled materials.
The interior is relatively spacious and can accommodate up to four people, plus there is a small outdoor terrace.
The Big Idaho Potato Hotel was established by Judge Kristie Wolfe in 2019 and transformed a disused promotional potato weighing six tons (5,443 kg) into a unique dwelling.
The habitable tuber was previously an empty shell that served as storage but now includes a sleeping area and some seating. Alas, there are no windows, so it probably won’t be suitable for claustrophobes.
If you have a quirky design that you think would be a winner, head over to the contest page and submit it by July 22. Every idea must be feasible and able to pass construction inspections. It must also be completed by August 2023.