The Open House Junior ‘Digital Design Challenge’ is a design competition for children and young people aged between 7 and 18. We invite you to use your imagination to design an innovative ‘House of the Future’ using digital design platforms. You can work individually or as part of a team. 

Step 1: Choose your digital design platform!

You can use any of the following to create your ‘House of the Future’. We encourage you to use a platform that you are already familiar with and may already have installed: Minecraft, Gary’s Mod, Sims, Sketch Up, or other platform of your choice.

Step 2: Start designing!

Explore your ideas for a ‘House of the Future’? What could it be inspired by? What shape or form would it take? There is no limit to your imagination! Where would your ‘House of the Future’ be located – In a city? In outer space? In a desert? On an island? Underwater? It’s up to you! Think about sustainable, energy efficient design – what materials would you use to build your ‘House of the Future’? Could recycled materials be used? Consider flexible design – could your ‘House of the Future’ be adaptable and multi-functional? 

Step 3: Competition submission – deadline 30 October

Complete this Application Form

Email 3 x Jpeg images or 1 x 30 second video to: with ‘OHJ-Digital Design Challenge –YOUR NAME’ in the subject line. 


All entries must be created by a student aged 7 – 18, must be your own original work and must not contain your own image or any information to mark your identity or location.

Criteria for assessment:

Entries will be assessed on Creativity and innovation, Design aesthetics and Functionality

Prizes kindly sponsored by Arckit

One prize (architectural modelling kit) per age category – Age 7-10: Mini Dormer 2.0; Age 11-14 GO Plus 2.0; Age 15-18 Arckit 90.

Arckit’s mission is ‘to help you develop fundamental design skills and experience the feeling of spontaneous creativity through hands-on model building. And to continually develop our unique system as a practical tool for architects, a STEAM learning aid for education and as a fun way to release creative energy.’

Youth Advisor Digital Media: Ruairí Potts

Questions? Contact Bláithín Quinn, Curator of Learning, Irish Architecture Foundation: