Airbnb donates $ 1 million to fund unique home ideas
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The company this week announcement the Unique Airbnb Fund, which devotes $ 1 million to financing unique homes around the world. Ten designers who offer the “most unconventional and unusual spaces on the planet” will receive $ 100,000 to make their idea a reality, the company said.
All submissions will be judged by panelists, including style icon and award-winning actor Billy Porter, Airbnb superhost Kristie Wolfe, of the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, and the architectural firm MVRDV.
“The only thing better than pushing the boundaries of style is allowing others to do the same,” Porter said in a statement. “I am delighted to join Airbnb in this global search for the most outrageous and spectacular home ideas of all time. I can’t wait to see these concepts developed by design enthusiasts around the world.
Design enthusiasts who apply will be judged on the basis of creativity, feasibility, sustainability and social good, Airbnb said. The company said it is also looking for designs with “unusual shapes, unexpected locations, immersive concepts and (and) spaces with a story.”
The company’s competition comes amid an increase in the popularity of non-traditional rentals. Searches for unique stays, such as cottages, windmills and shepherds’ huts, are up nearly 70% from last year, according to Airbnb.
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