Airbnb is searching for the world’s wildest home concepts – and has launched a $1 million fund to turn them a reality. The Unique Airbnb Fund is the company’s first generously funded program designed to find and help finance the most unconventional and unusual living spaces on the planet.
Ten recipients of the Unique Airbnb Fund will be selected by an expert panel of design and style innovators, including award-winning actor Billy Porter, Airbnb Superhost Kristie Wolfe of the famed Big Idaho Potato Hotel, and global and cutting-edge architecture firm MVRDV.
Design enthusiasts can submit their proposals at airbnb.com/uniquefund. All submissions will be scored against criteria based on creativity, feasibility, sustainability and social good. Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of the company’s three co-founders, the Unique Airbnb Fund is meant to enable anyone with an extraordinary house idea to design and build it into a reality, and share it with travelers all over the world.
“The only thing better than pushing the boundaries of style, is empowering others to do the same,” says style icon, Billy Porter. “This is a global search for the most outrageous, spectacular home ideas ever. I can’t wait to see these concepts developed by design lovers from around the world firsthand.”
Searches for unexpected and unique spaces – such as shepherds huts, windmills and tiny houses – have increased by nearly 70 percent over last year on Airbnb. Some of the most booked listings of all time include domes, RVs, treehouses, and yurts across the world. Applicants can draw inspiration from a plethora of unconventional Airbnb stays, including:
• An Elephant-Sized Stay on the Jersey Shore (Margate City, New Jersey)
• The Boot – Fairytale Accommodation(Nelson, New Zealand)
• Big Idaho Potato Hotel (Boise, Idaho)
• Camaya Bali Suboya – Magical Bamboo House (Bali, Indonesia)
• Sheep Wagon at Shash Dine (Page, Arizona)
• Beautiful Dome with Mountain Views(Rio Negro, Argentina)
• UFO Futuro styled Flying Saucer (Redberth, UK)
• Cabane Spa Zen (Raray, France)
• Cabana Floripa (Santa Catarina, Brazil)