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Initiative 99 Phase One Winners Revealed

By Brooke Bauguess

Global Architecture Competition to Reimagine Affordable Housing Will See Winning Designs Become Reality as Multiple Homes Will Be 3D Printed to Serve the Under-housed

Winners of i99 Phase 1
Six winners of Initiative 99 phase one and Wells Fargo Foundation president Darlene Goins (Photo by Roger Ho)

During ICON’s official SXSW 2024 event yesterday, DOMUS EX MACHINA, ICON announced the phase I winners of Initiative 99, the global architecture competition to reimagine affordable housing that can be built for $99,000 or less. Joining ICON’s Melodie Yashar, VP of Building Design and Performance on stage to present the winners was Darlene Goins, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation who was the lead sponsor of the competition. As part of the announcement, Goins announced that the Wells Fargo Foundation is committing $500,000 in grant funding to Austin-based nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes to help bring to life Initiative 99-designed homes and see multiple homes built at Community First! Village to serve the underhoused community.

Upon completion of Phase II of the competition, ICON and Mobile Loaves & Fishes will select one winning design for ICON to deliver multiple units within Community First! Village’s expansion of their growing development.

More than 60 countries from all over the world were represented in the submissions with six winners and ten honorable mentions being awarded prize money from the $1M prize purse during the event and presented by Wells Fargo, lead supporter of the competition.

The first, second, and third place designs in each category will each have their home designs featured in a collection in ICON’s CODEX, a new digital catalog of ready-to-print home architecture that allows builders, developers, and home buyers to build with ICON quickly and affordably using world-class architecture.

Full list of winners and those receiving honorable mentions from Phase 1 of Initiative 99:

Winners in the Student Category

1st prize: Casa Fami by IAAC (Spain)
2nd prize: Juan Felipe Molano (Colombia)
3rd prize: Victoria Roznowski (Germany)

Winners in the Open Category

1st prize: MTspace Studio (New Zealand)
2nd prize: For Everyday Life (United Kingdom)
3rd prize: Beta Realities (Germany)

Honorable Mentions in the Student Category

Fusco-Ayala (USA)
Canavati+Carneiro+Kazmaz (USA)
Henry Aldridge (UK)
Nex-Living by IAAC (Spain)

Honorable Mentions in the Open Category

Willowprint (Germany)
Sameep Padora and Associates (India)
Guerin Glass Architects (USA)
ConCave (various locations)

Look behind-the-scenes at a short documentary about the winners and their stories behind their inspiration for their winning designs.

To learn more about the winning designs, visit