Austin-area pig rescue wins Airbnb competition to build unique pig-themed guesthouse

KVUE – From tens of thousands of entries from around the world, 100 aspiring designers, architects, DIYers and makers from more than 20 countries and regions have been chosen to bring their unique space ideas to life through the Airbnb OMG program $10,000,000! Funds.

One of these winners is Tracey Stabile, director of the Central Texas Pig Rescue (CTPR) in Austin. Tracey and Dan Illescas, founders of Central Texas Pig Rescue, will receive up to $100,000 to create a unique pig-shaped guest space. Over the next 10 months, they will design, build and outfit the space to be ready for guests by summer 2023.

“Basically the OH MY GOD! Fund competition was a way for people to be really playful and come up with a really cool dwelling that would be something totally remarkable to people and be a destination,” Stabile said.

Stabile said Airbnb gave them full creative freedom. They went through several cycles of design, planning and review.

“Every step of the way, we were like, ‘We’re one step closer.’ It was very exciting. Just getting these emails every step of the way and seeing that we were actually contenders for this contest. Then the fact that of course we won and now we’re going to be able to build this amazing thing that we absolutely could never have built under any other circumstances. It’s just an amazing opportunity,” Stabile said. .

Stabile said she wanted to build something a bit unpredictable and wanted to avoid some of the shapes people might expect. The current Smithville pig sanctuary, about 45 minutes from Austin, is home to more than 200 pigs that have been rescued from abandonment. The sanctuary is home to a mix of all different types of pigs, mostly potbellied pigs, and is run 100% by volunteers and 100% by donations.

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