VIDA is a Canadian real estate company preparing to build a unique community of coastal modular homes in Kentville, Nova Scotia (Canada). Working within the guidelines below, VIDA is welcoming landscape & building designers and students from around the world to enter their best community design for a chance to win $25,000 (CAD).

VIDA strongly believes in giving back to the community and encourage all participants and anyone who views this contest to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity.

About Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia


Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

With the help of volunteers and generous donors, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia builds decent and affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for people to build better, healthier lives in Nova Scotia. Habitat homeowners volunteer 500 hours and pay an affordable mortgage – geared to their income – to buy their home at fair market value. Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for people who face barriers to homeownership and who would otherwise not have an opportunity to buy a home.

As part of the global Habitat for Humanity network, Habitat Nova Scotia is one of 46 affiliates in Canada and part of hundreds of affiliates across more than 70 countries. This interconnected network allows us to leverage resources, share best practices and collaborate on projects that have a meaningful impact on housing affordability worldwide.

Contest Overview

VIDA owns 6.6 acres of prime land ready for development, located in the town of Kentville, Nova Scotia. VIDA is developing coastal modular homes that will revolutionize affordable living. We are looking for an extraordinary creation of the exterior grounds layout that naturally speaks to the sense of belonging of this pristine community. 

Contest Goal

VIDA is looking for creative ways to position the homes on the site – minimizing infrastructure investments (fill, road, plumbing services, etc.), while maximizing the number of units and the sense of beauty and quality of life within the amenity space. Please use your creative senses to deliver features rarely seen in a modular home community 

Amenities should offer a positive impact on physical/mental health and overall connectivity to make a community thrive. This may include details like a floral walking path, community garden, picnic area, playground, pickleball court, fire pit, event space, gazebo and so much more! The world is your oyster when creating VIDA's Coastal Modular Community. 

Contest Specification & Requirements



Download this site plan that describes property boundaries, road/access connections, topographical lines, etc. The following requirements will be considered by the judging panel when reviewing entries. 

  • No limit for setbacks (yards), consider ways to keep things feeling spacious.

  • 66% of physical units are 16’x54’ not including setbacks

  • 33% of physical units are 16’x48’ not including setbacks

  • Yard space around the units is up to you - try to keep things spacious.

  • Placing between 45-60 units on while still providing a unique space

  • You can create an entry point on both Hartland CT. and Oakdene.

  • Public spaces or unique amenities

  • Minimum 1 parking space per unit - They can be parking lots, or individual spaces.

  • You can include a public road or private laneway, it is up to you

  • Below is a sample photo of what a modular may look like

Submission Requirements


  • All the submissions need to be on 11x17 – 1:1000 scale 

  • Please include a count of units and parking spaces 

  • Submit 1 PDF file

  • Maximum 5 pages for PDF 

All submission details are flexible, but please provide strong reasoning for your decisions.

Contest Timeline

Accepting submissions until 11:59pm April 26th, 2024 Eastern Standard Time (EST).

*We won't be super strict with the deadline, if you need a few more hours it is fine. Just let us know - we understand life happens!

Winning design chosen and announced on May 3rd, 2024. 

Have a question?


We will do our best to get back to you within 48 hours.

*Above contest details are subject to change.
*Winning designs may be asked to submit drawing files.
*Cash prize is listed in Canadian Dollars