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Airbnb Is Offering $10 Million To Design Weird And Eccentric Homes
Are you an architect, designer or just a regular person who has always wanted to create eccentric spaces, but never had the resources to build them? Maybe this is your chance to make it happen. The rental platform Airbnb is seeking ideas from existing and aspiring professionals from around the globe. Airbnb is offering US$10 million that will help finance 100 of the craziest ideas, giving 100 people an opportunity to turn them into actual Airbnb OMG! Category listings, which are Airbnb’s collection of the most unique homes.
Airbnb said that anyone with an out-of-this-world idea can apply at airbnb.com/omgfund. One hundred people with the 100 craziest ideas will receive US$100,0001 each to make their creations possible and, ultimately, bookable. Ideas will be judged by an expert panel for their originality, feasibility, the experience the space will provide guests, and sustainability.
According to the platform, the fund meets the current growing trend of flexible living that has emerged in the past two years, boosted by the pandemic. In April, Airbnb Airbnb announced its approach to allow employees to live and work anywhere, and how the company will partner with destinations to help them attract remote workers.
“As part of this shift, Airbnb guests are craving more unexpected spaces that become the destinations themselves, and Airbnb Categories, which launched last month, provide a new way to search for these spaces,” the company stated in a press release.
Applications will be reviewed by a judging panel of boundary-pushing design authorities, an architectural expert, and an Airbnb OMG! Category Superhost.
The $10,000,000 OMG! Fund opens today for a period of 30 days, through July 22 at 11:59 am PHT. The 100 fund recipients will be selected by the panel over the next several months, with the intent of having their newly-constructed spaces complete next year.
Click here to apply.