The Unique Airbnb Fund is calling for people to use their wildest imagination to build amazing new places to stay.

By Stacey Leasca
Updated March 11, 2020
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Though people can already sleep in UFOs and potatoes, and even places with their own lazy rivers, Airbnb still wants more. That’s why, on Tuesday, the home-sharing giant announced its new Unique Airbnb Fund, the first-ever $1 million dollar program to encourage new, unique livable spaces to join its listings.

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According to Airbnb, it will award 10 winners $100,000 each to help build the unique listing of their dreams. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including award-winning actor Billy Porter, Airbnb superhost Kristie Wolfe, (owner of the Big Idaho Potato Hotel), and experts from the architecture firm MVRDV.

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"The only thing better than pushing the boundaries of style, is empowering others to do the same,” Porter shared in a statement. “I'm thrilled to join Airbnb in this 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."

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The entire competition came about thanks to the increase in demand for more unique housing around the globe. According to Airbnb, searches for unique spaces have increased by nearly 70 percent over last year on Airbnb. In fact, some of the most booked listings of all time include domes, RVs, treehouses, yurts, and even a building shaped like an elephant, across the world.

Eligible applicants can apply today through April 15, 2020, via airbnb.com/uniquefund. All they need to do is submit an essay on why their unique story and dream space idea makes them the perfect fit for the fund. The winners will then be chosen on May 15, 2020.

Need a little help with your design idea? Here are six home design tips straight from Porter himself:

  • You don’t need a red carpet to make a fashion statement. Your home is the perfect place to practice self-expression and bring your most authentic self to the table.
  • Some people say less is more, but I think the more you can push the limits, the better. Don’t be afraid to explore various prints, patterns, styles and colors. Be bold and take risks. Life is full of color — why shouldn’t your home be?
  • Look around — there is inspiration all around you. Sometimes the simplest things can spark the most amazing ideas.
  • Start with a statement piece. Identify the focal point of your design or concept and build everything from there!
  • Fashion is constantly repeating itself — this could work in your favor when designing your home. What old items can you reimagine and repurpose? Bring them to life in a new, unexpected and exciting way!
  • And when all is said and done… look in the mirror and take one thing off. We don’t want to be garish, dawlings!