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HÄUSER-AWARD 2024: 15.000 euros for the best single-family houses

HÄUSER-AWARD 2024: 15.000 euros for the best single-family houses
Houses with a future – flexible, sustainable and stunning: HÄUSER, the Bund Deutscher Architektinnen und Architekten (BDA), the Verband Privater Bauherren e. V. (VPB), JUNG and Parkett Dietrich are looking for the best single-family houses. The winners will receive a total of 15,000 euros in prize money.



The times call for a change of thinking: in the architecture world too, the energy crisis, climate change and dwindling resources, coupled with the fact that we live in an aging, increasingly fragmented society, mean we find ourselves facing major challenges. But that also presents an opportunity for new, creative concepts and unusual solutions – especially when it comes to single-family houses: after all, because of their manageable scale, private homes have always been a popular field for experimenting with innovative approaches and therefore play an important pioneering role. 

That’s why, for the HÄUSER AWARD 2024, we’re looking for exemplary projects that set new standards in terms of sustainability, flexibility and future-proofness: houses of today for the needs of tomorrow. Buildings with ingeniously designed floor plans that can adapt to the changing requirements and situations life confronts us with, for instance. Houses based on energy-efficient and resource-friendly building concepts, climate-friendly materials or new construction methods. But also ones that make economical use of land – or even just focus on changes to the existing fabric. Which is why, in addition to new builds, the competition is explicitly open to remodels and extensions as well.

Above all else, however, we’re looking for attractive architecture! Because ultimately, it’s the creative, atmospheric and functional qualities of a house that decide on the length of its life and its fitness for the future. 


We are holding the HÄUSER AWARD 2024 in collaboration with the Bund Deutscher Architektinnen und Architekten (BDA), the Verband Privater Bauherren e. V. (VPB), JUNG and PARKETT DIETRICH.

The results of the competition are scheduled for publication in HÄUSER in April 2024, and an award ceremony at which the winners will be officially announced and honoured is also scheduled to take place. In addition, there are plans to present the best projects in a book that is expected to be published by Prestel Verlag, Munich.

Furthermore, in collaboration with our media partner, television news channel n-tv, we also intend to present each of the winning projects in the form of a short film wherever possible.

Conditions of entry

Architects from all over Europe are eligible to enter the competition. Participation is free of charge.

They must be the originators of the projects submitted. The houses must have been completed after 01 January 2020 and not have been previously published in a general-interest magazine. In addition, the award winners must agree that the winning houses will not be published in any other general-interest magazine prior to the announcement and publication of the competition results (scheduled to appear in HÄUSER 2/2024). 

Each participant may submit a maximum of two projects under the condition that the participants and owners/clients agree to the publication of photos and plans in HÄUSER and on the HÄUSER website, as well as in the book to be published by Prestel Verlag. 

The prize money

The total prize money of 15,000 euros will be allocated as follows:

1st prize: 7,000 euros
2nd prize: 5,000 euros
3rd prize: 3,000 euros

The jury may choose to allocate the prize money differently.

The VPB will pay the owner/client of each award-winning house an additional bonus of 1,000 euros. This does not apply if the owner is also the architect of the house.

Interior Prize

The Interior Prize, which is held in collaboration with PARKETT DIETRICH, is presented to an interior design of outstanding quality. The jury of the HÄUSER AWARD 2024 will select one winner from among all the entries submitted. The key selection criteria will include a convincing use of materials, excellent functionality and the integration of furnishings into the design.

The winner of the Interior Prize will receive 2,000 euros and likewise be published.

The jury

The works submitted will be judged by an independent jury made up as follows:

  • Elke Reichel, architect, Stuttgart
  • Susanne Wartzeck, President of the Association of German Architects (BDA)
  • Thomas Penningh, President of the Verband Privater Bauherren (VPB)
  • Reiner Nagel, Chairman of the Bundesstiftung Baukultur
  • Anne Zuber, Editor-in-Chief of HÄUSER

Competition documents

Please submit the following project documentation and forms:

  • Project plans: location plan on a scale of 1:1000 with north point, plus ground plans, sections and views on a scale of 1:100, maximum format A3 (as loose sheets, folded; no brochures, boards etc.). 
  • Photos: at least eight colour prints/colour copies in a format of approx. A4 showing the house both from the outside in its overall setting – including its urban context – as well as from the inside, featuring all the important spaces in an occupied/furnished condition. 
  • Plans and photos must also be submitted in digital form (USB stick only please, no CD/DVD); plans preferably as PDFs, photos as TIFF or JPG files. Note about photo credits: if the pictures originate from different photographers, please name or label the digital image files appropriately so that the photos can be clearly attributed to the respective originators/photographers should they be published at a later date. 
  • A completed project sheet (see PDF download) with the most important building data, key energy figures, date of completion, an exterior photograph of the house as well as a summary of the design concept in bullet points (in German or English).
  • An explanatory text in German or English with a detailed project description (1 page A4 maximum), explaining the special features of the design.
  • The completed entry form as well as the signed participant’s declaration (see PDF download)
  • The licensing agreement with photographer (see PDF download)

Important: Please do not send any originals of the project plans and photos as the submitted documentation will not be returned!

Submission deadline

The closing date for entries is Tuesday May 2, 2023.
Date as per postmark.
The award jury’s decision is final.

Download Entry Form (PDF)

Postal address

Gruner + Jahr Deutschland GmbH
Editorial office HÄUSER
Envelope to be marked “HÄUSER AWARD 2024”
20444 Hamburg, Germany

Delivery address for courier services/packages
Gruner + Jahr Deutschland GmbH
Editorial office HÄUSER
Envelope to be marked “HÄUSER AWARD 2024”
Am Baumwall 11
20459 Hamburg, Germany

Editorial office HÄUSER
Tel.: + 49 (0) 40 – 3703 2215

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