Eco Design Apartment Challenge

What kind of home do you live in? Living in a cluttered environment with no space can be damaging to our mood and health, but bigger homes and houses generally require more energy, materials, and land.

On average, 80 percent of our carbon footprint is related to the buildings we inhabit according to Graham Hill, founder of and VP of Planet Green. To help buck the “bigger is better” trend and reduce the carbon footprint, Hill created a contest for eco-innovation. For a grand prize of 70,000 dollars, Hill’s challenging designers to create the most space-efficient and stylish apartment, that he will live in once it’s created in New York.

The challenge: design a 420-square-foot apartment that can accommodate a sit-down dinner for 12, two overnight guests, comfortable lounging for eight, a home office, work area, bed, shower, and place to store a bike. The submissions will be judged by a panel of architects.

The submission period runs until January 10, and a winner will be announced ten days later. If you’re interested in submitting, head over to

I’m in awe of seeing what designers and architects can do with space (one of the most impressive homes I’ve seen is this 330-square-food apartment which can be transformed into 24 different rooms!), so I look forward to seeing the submissions and getting inspired to make my living area more space-efficient.

What do you think? Is it possible to feel happy and free in a tiny space? Are you interested in downsizing your living space anytime soon?

Related Links:
Finding Fulfillment in a 12 x 12 House
Tiny Houses Create More Freedom

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Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

This challenge is worth taking

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


David Nuttle
Past Member 3 years ago

If this article was written in 2010, I assume the contest is over. Where do I find the results?

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for sharing!

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for sharing!

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for sharing!

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for sharing!

Ela V.
Ela V.3 years ago

thanks for this article!

Aditya Narayan
Aditya n.3 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing