Airbnb funds 100 of the world’s craziest listing ideas

As part of the $10,000,000 OMG! Fund, 100 aspiring designers, architects, DIYers, and makers from more than 20 countries/regions have been selected from among the tens of thousands of entries received from around the world.

The winning concepts stood out for their original and inspiring designs, attention to sustainability, and creative approaches to providing immersive guest experiences. Each winner will receive up to $100,000 USD to help them realise their fantastical ideas. Over the course of the next ten months, they will design, build, and furnish their spaces so that they are ready for guests by summer 2023, when you might be able to find them listed in Airbnb’s OMG! Category.

The OMG! Fund recipients have the chance to benefit from the significant financial advantages of hosting on Airbnb – and many already familiar since more than 50% are already Hosts. The average US Host made over $13,800 in 2021, an increase of 85% from 2019. Additionally, from 2019 to 2021, the number of nights reserved at distinctive properties increased globally by more than 49%. Kristie Wolfe, a member of the OMG! Fund judging panel, discovered this firsthand after investing $32,000 to create her original listing, the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, and earning $208,000** in less than three years.

The tens of thousands of entries drew inspiration from the depths of the sea to sci-fi novels, but certain natural elements and architectural features proved popular:

  • 400 ideas offered spectacular stargazing experiences
  • 961 ideas marched to the beat of their own drum, incorporating music in some way
  • 777 juicy designs were inspired by fruit
  • 680 ideas were wine-inspired
  • 7,931 entrants proposed using solar panels for sustainable energy
  • High in the sky, 1,214 ideas involved treehouses and 389 featured suspended structures
  • 509 mushroom-inspired listings were ready to sprout from the earth

Giant Flower Pot on a Farm in Idaho created by Whitney H. from the United States

From a lighthouse in Sweden accessible only by boat, to an adobe fossilized dinosaur skull in the desert, the winning 100 expand the idea of what an Airbnb stay can be, and are fueled by the entrants’ passions. “The inspiration came from the works of many science fiction movies,” said OMG! Fund recipient Pablo C. from Mexico. “The idea was to do something out of the ordinary, never seen before, something rare and beautiful that would impress any human being. The result is an organic form spaceship – a six-meter high pillar, embraced at 360 degrees by trees.” Others drew on local wildlife and tradition, like OMG! Fund recipient Ignacio R. from Chile, who stated his Floating Avocado House idea “is all about the connection with nature. I have spent most of my life on our family farm – the happiest memories of my childhood come from there. It has something so special that just resonates with me. That’s why I have this dream, this calling, of sharing it with more people.”

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