Airbnb is launching a bizarre architecture competition — Quartz


Imagine sleeping in a spaceship. Or working remotely from a giant potato.

Airbnb today announced a new world competition it would allow more guests to pursue such wacky experiences. The 13-year-old vacation rental platform will award $100,000 to 100 imaginative Airbnb hosts with original architecture concepts.

While quirky ideas are appreciated, competition judges will also assess each entrant’s engineering plans and require proof that the lease can be completed within nine months. They will also look for durable design elements and interiors that are as comfortable and unique as the exterior. Anyone living in an area where Airbnb operates has until July 22 to apply for the so-called “OMG Fund.”

Airbnb says its $10 million initiative is a response to travelers’ cravings for unique destination rentals. At a time when Instagrammable experiences are popular, the company has found that jaw-dropping rentals tend to generate the most interest and revenue for hosts. An ad under what Airbnb calls the “OMG Categoryhas generated an average of $48,000 over five years.


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The OMG Fund is just the latest milestone in Airbnb’s history of promoting unique rentals. In 2017, the company funded the construction of a stunning all-cedar A-Frame home to showcase Japan’s beleaguered rural towns. He also helped revitalize a 13th-century Italian ruin and turn it into a design destination.


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