Win $100 000 in the “5000 for 5000 Housing Competition” From Shelter Afrique

In June last year, we featured the unveiling of the 5000 for 5000 housing competition from Shelter Afrique, which seeks to challenge developers, stakeholders, countries, to come up with a house costing $5000 and the organisation will match the financing and commission 5000 units.

Winning entries into the competition will stand a chance to win up to $100,000. Further details for the competition as provided by Shelter Afrique are as follows:


25th November 2016 – March 31st 2017

Design Brief

  • The proposed design is for a 1 bedroom dwelling unit with a foot print of approximately 45 square meters.
  • Design to include kitchen, bedroom, toilet and living area.
  • Adequate lighting with adaptable design to suite a range of customers.
  • Generous head room and floor to ceiling heights with possible options for natural ventilation.
  • Use of eco- friendly, light weight sustainable materials to achieve low construction cost requirement.
  • The design should be easy to replicate.

Submission Method

  • All submissions should be sent to
  • Submissions should be on A3 in pdf format.
  • Plans, Elevations and Sections to be submitted in scale 1:50
  • Isometric View of Floor Plan showing furniture arrangement.
  • 3D Concept Visualization of full design scheme (interior and Exterior)
  • The visual images of the design concept will be used for publicity purposes (this will also be used in the online gallery of all entries at the end of the competition). The 3D visualization should represent the ideas proposed and be readily identifiable as such. This should be submitted in JPEG format
  • A short written statement explaining the concept/unique selling point and how the design addressed the brief should be included in the submission.
  • Illustrate how the design can be adapted in various sites.
  • Demonstrate how your design can be built using various build methodologies

Declaration Form

A completed declaration form should be included in each submission. Please note the competition entry stated on the declaration form will be used as the credits in all promotional activity so please ensure this is reflected accurately.

Competition Entries

The Competition will be open to all nationalities and anyone including individuals, team of designers, artists, architects, engineers etc. We will be looking for cross-disciplinary teams collectively able to respond to the diverse challenges posed by the Competition.

In addition to the cost parameter, the Competition’s key themes will include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainability – The design solution will give important consideration to the environment, cost in use and adaptability to specific location contexts;
  • Practicability – The homes will be buildable;
  • Supply Chain Innovation – The proposed solutions will propose innovation along each part of the supply chain towards achieving the objective;
  • Beauty and Aesthetic – Inspire a new urban aesthetic and landscape that empowers and uplifts people on low income.


The award structure for the competition will be in two stages:

  • Stage 1 – A prize fund of US$100,000 to be allocated to the top entries with the majority going to the adjudged top 3 entries.
  • Stage 2 – An undertaking by Shelter Afrique (and partners) to support and financing for the development and completion of 5000 units of the winning entry in agreed locations across Africa.


Aside from the obvious impact of delivering affordable housing, Shelter Afrique seeks to access a replicable model of a $5000 home (at 2016 prices) and urban planning to underpin large scale low income housing programme including over 1 million homes across Sub-Sahara Africa by 2025.

They also seek to develop a sustainable supply chain able to support a large scale low income housing delivery programme whilst at the same time creating new jobs.

For more information and details about the competition, go here.

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