Buildner presents the second edition of the Home of Shadows architecture competition. This event once again highlights the crucial interplay between light and shadow in creating functional and inviting living spaces.

Natural light is not just a vital aspect in home design for its practicality, but it also transforms spaces into welcoming and comfortable havens. It enables architects to infuse emotion and ambiance into their designs, giving life to structures beyond their physical form.

Similarly, shadows are not to be overlooked. They are essential in adding depth, texture, and mood to spaces. The strategic placement of architectural elements like windows or doors can dramatically affect how light and shadow interact, shaping the overall atmosphere of a home.

The second edition of the Home of Shadows competition maintains its unique challenge. Participants are invited to design a home for a fictional couple, with a special condition - the total elimination of artificial light. Every submitted design is expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of how natural light influences architectural choices, and how it can be harnessed to create fully functional and aesthetically pleasing living environments.

Contestants are free to choose any imaginary location for their design projects, offering a diverse backdrop for the exploration of light and shadow. Buildner looks forward to receiving innovative entries that showcase a harmonious blend of technical skill and creative insight, illuminating the endless possibilities that lie within the dance of light and shadow in architectural design.


3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Buildner (formerly Bee Breeders) will award a total of 7,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize - 3,000 €
2nd Prize - 1,500 €
3rd Prize - 1,000 €
+ 6 honourable mentions

Buildner Student Award - 1000 €
Buildner Sustainability Award - 500 €


Early Bird Registration: 30 October – 13 December
Advance Registration: 14 December – 29 February
Last Minute Registration: 1 March – 2 May

Final registration deadline: May 2, 2024
Closing date for submission: June 4, 2024 (LONDON TIME)
Announcement of the winners: July 15, 2024



cash prize award: $ 7,590.00 USD