Airbnb on US$1 million hunt for most unique home ideas


Home-sharing giant Airbnb is on the search for the most unique home ideas, and has launched the US$1 million Unique Airbnb fund to help make the top 10 ideas a reality.

Ideas will be assessed on creativity, feasibility, sustainability and social good. Global architectural firm MVRDV, Airbnb superhost Kristie Wolfe of the famed Big Idaho Potato Hotel – a recycled six-ton potato on Idaho farmland, where guests have the chance to befriend a jersey cow – and actor Billy Porter will be the judges.

Airbnb conceived the contest after it noticed that some of the most booked listings as of this February were unique properties like domes, treehouses and yurts. Additionally, searches for unconventional spaces such as windmills, tiny houses and shepherd’s huts rose by almost 70 per cent year-on-year in February.

Applicants can draw inspiration from one-of-a-kind Airbnb offerings, such as accommodation housed within a wooden elephant – the oldest roadside attraction in the US – as well as a fairytale-themed house in New Zealand shaped like a boot, reminiscent of The Old Woman in the Shoe.

Submissions are open until April 16, 2020 at 10.59 (Thai time, GMT+7). Winners will be announced on May 15, 2020.

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