Airbnb is donating $16 million to build your dream home with the OMG fund

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Airbnb pays a share of US$10 million for every 100 listings offered. Photo / Provided

Treehouses, train carriages, shepherd’s huts, wanted. Budding architects were invited to up their game for a share of a US$10 million prize.

This will buy you lots of tin roofs and beach views. Airbnb wants you to dream a little bigger, as they offer to give 100 people a share of a jar to spend on their ideal vacation list.

The OMG Fund is a competition offering financial assistance to the most creative (or craziest) vacation home designs. The top 100 will receive approximately $156,000 to bring their creations to fruition.

Submissions will be judged on originality, enduring credentials and feasibility of the end result. The expert judging panel seeks to reward the craziest design ideas and how you want to achieve them.

The Yellow Submarine Tiny House in Marton is one of many unique designs on the agency's website.  Photo / Provided
The Yellow Submarine Tiny House in Marton is one of many unique designs on the agency’s website. Photo / Provided

Competition will be fierce – as big projects from New Zealanders will be pitted against bids from the rest of the world. However

Final designs will be listed in the OMG category of the website. The judges want to see designs that are more than your average stay – but unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky named a yellow submarine in Manawatū as one of his favorite examples of what they’re looking for.

Among the judges are 100-year-old stylist Iris Apfel, Disney imaginer Bruce Vaughn and designer Kristie Wolfe who became known for her potato-shaped home in Idaho.

For the brief, the designers are asked to release the, uh, U-Boat.

The Nelson Shoe: The OMG Fund will be distributed equally among 100 beneficiaries worldwide.  Photo / Provided
The Nelson Shoe: The OMG Fund will be distributed equally among 100 beneficiaries worldwide. Photo / Provided

You will need to move quickly. Applications are open for a period of just 30 days, ending July 23 at 4pm NZST, after which the $15.6 million pot will be awarded. You will also only have one year to realize the design of your dreams.

Ultimately, the top 100 will be chosen based on their “bookability” and practicality as a vacation listing on the website. May the best yurt, fairy tale castle or giant root vegetable win.

For more details and to apply, visit: airbnb.com/omgfund.

OMG Inspiration: New Zealand’s Five Most Wanted Bnbs

● Raglan Treehouse, Raglan, Waikato

Raglan Treehouse, Raglan, Waikato.  Photos / Airbnb
Raglan Treehouse, Raglan, Waikato. Photos / Airbnb

● Kiwi Cabin, Lake Hayes, Otago

The Kiwi Cabin, Lake Hayes, Otago.  Photos / Airbnb
The Kiwi Cabin, Lake Hayes, Otago. Photos / Airbnb

● The Nest – Coastal Getaway, Pihama, Taranaki

    Le Nid - Coastal getaway, Pihama, Taranaki.  Photos / Airbnb
Le Nid – Coastal getaway, Pihama, Taranaki. Photos / Airbnb

● Romantic bush cabin, Titirangi, Auckland

Romantic bush cabin, Titirangi, Auckland
Romantic bush cabin, Titirangi, Auckland

● Ica View Glamping, Whareama, Wellington

Ica View Glamping, Whareama, Wellington
Ica View Glamping, Whareama, Wellington

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