Meet the Indian recipients of Airbnb’s $10M USD OMG! Fund

Key Takeaways

  • Recipients from 20 countries have been chosen to bring their ideas to life with $100,000.
  • Creations will be guest-ready by summer 2023, and will be a part of Airbnb's OMG! Category.

Key Takeaways

  • Recipients from 20 countries have been chosen to bring their ideas to life with $100,000.
  • Creations will be guest-ready by summer 2023, and will be a part of Airbnb's OMG! Category.

From tens of thousands of entries from around the world, 100 aspiring designers, architects, DIYers and makers hailing from more than 20 countries/regions have been chosen to bring their crazy space ideas to life as part of the $10,000,000 OMG! Fund.

The winning ideas stood out for their unique and inspiring design, sustainable consideration, and novel ways of offering immersive guest experiences. Recipients will each receive up to $100,000 USD to make their fantastical creations possible, and over the course of the next ten months, will design, construct and outfit their spaces to be guest-ready by summer 2023 – when you may find them available as part of Airbnb’s OMG! Category.

Selected by the OMG! Fund judging panel, including design and style icon Iris Apfel, architectural expert Koichi Takada, Airbnb Superhost Kristie Wolfe, and Airbnb VP of Experiential Bruce Vaughn, these elaborate ideas are expected to make the OMG! Category of homes 100 times more extraordinary once they’re made bookable on the platform.

From a sprout house farm stay in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, a mischievous mango mansion near Madurai in Tamil Nadu, to a sustainable and habitable giant molar tooth, the successful India applicants expand the idea of what an Airbnb stay can be.

The OMG! Fund recipients have an opportunity to experience the powerful economic benefits of Hosting on Airbnb – and many are already familiar, as over 50 percent are already Hosts. In India, in the past two years alone, from 2019 to 2021, nights booked at unique properties have increased by over 30 percent. With more guests booking unique stays, Hosts are also earning real income, with unique listings collectively earning nearly INR 250 million in India just in 2021.

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

Meet the five Indian OMG! recipients who made it to the top 100 list:

Himalayan Fruit Shaped Bedrooms created by Arun M.

Imagine staying in a Kafal (Myrica esculenta) shaped bedroom located at a height of 6900 ft from sea level, in a quaint little village called Makkumath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. 

This home will have a ‘bunch’ of Kafal shaped valley view rooms, joined by a leaf solar bridge on top. Each room will be painted in a unique shade from green to dark maroon, to represent the varying shades of the local fruit. The rooms will have mud flooring, reflecting the local tradition to maintain natural cooling. All the bedrooms will come with a verandah that will merge into the endless views of the nearby forest. 

Talking about the inspiration for this idea, OMG! Fund recipient Arun said, “The idea of this space is to give a tribute to the mysterious and sustainable life and culture of the Himalayas. I have really fond childhood memories of visiting our family home in Uttarakhand, and eating Kafal fruit during the summers. This project for me is a way to rebuild that childhood home. It would be a home to all those who yearn to return to the lap of nature.”

Sustainable and Habitable Giant Molar Tooth created by Pewly D.

Located in a small forest in the heart of Tripura, this Molar residence will look like a real tooth. Designed with organic shapes, and locally sourced sustainable materials, it will feel as if you’re living within a carved tooth.

“I’m a nature inspired architect and children’s book author, who’s always aspired to bridge the gap between architecture in fantasy worlds and real life. My proposed project is a sustainable and habitable giant molar tooth, located in a private woodland in Northeast India. It was first conceptualized in a fantasy book I authored about teeth dwelling beings and I’m excited about turning this idea into an actual living space for Airbnb guests,” said Pewly. 

Sprout House Farm Stay created by Milind S.

The Sprout House will be an organic living experience that goes beyond just providing a good stay and food. It is about embracing the basics – going back to the roots, to grow and thrive in the lap of nature. The Sprout House will be built at the banks of Krishna river, next to a thriving biodiversity spot of Maharashtra, located at a drivable distance from Pune. At the Sprout House, guests will wake up every day to the wonderful sights and sounds of nature and enjoy a peaceful getaway. The organic stay is quite fittingly inspired by sprout – in both its spirit and shape. 

Milind S, the brainchild behind the Sprout House Farm Stay said, “Sprout House is more than just a place to stay and eat. It’s about living in nature and getting back to the basics. The goal is to get more farmers to use organic farming methods, consider operating a farm-stay as one of their other consistent revenue streams, and get more people to live an organic lifestyle.”

Mischievous Mango Mansion created by Rajan E.

The mango mansion will be located in the southern part of India in Natham near Madurai Tamil Nadu. The mansion will be surrounded by beautiful mango trees consisting of various mango types native to India. The mango mansion will be unique with its mango shaped mansion from top view and front view illustrating the different mango size and shapes for style.

Invisible Farmhouse at a Mango Orchard created by Ankur A.

How about staying at an ‘Invisible’ farmhouse with fields on one side and an orchard on the other, located in an ancestral farm in Gabhana, Aligarh, close to Delhi. The idea is to cover the external walls of the house with seamless reflective glass and metal to reflect the branches, leaves, and the sky and therefore completely camouflage the presence of the house.

“The inspiration for the idea came after visiting my friend’s family in Gabhana, Aligarh, who have been remarkable custodians of these Mango orchards for generations. The invisible house will be a place that encourages reconciling with nature by completely dissolving within the orchard. This is a design for people who like to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life”,  said Ankur.

Here is the full list of the 100 OMG! Fund recipients:

23m Tower with 360 Degree, 40 Mile Views
Matthew G., United Kingdom

A-Frame on Top of a Norman House Surrounded by Nature
Anne T., France

Acorn Library With Treehouse Outdoor Acorn Bath
Peter C., United Kingdom

Adobe Fossilized Dinosaur Skull in Desert
Haylee M., United States 

Ancestral Lava Cave in a Volcano
Fernando B., Chile

Atomic Oasis in the Chihuahuan Desert
Cari B., United States 

Bauhaus Bao House in the LA Mountains
Rei W., United States 

Big Foot’s Cabin: Big Everything, Big Fun
Alexis D., United States 

Board Game Haven in Huge Stacked Dice
Olivia S., United States 

Building That Blossoms Like a Flower
Pol G., Ireland 

Bunch of Bedrooms in the Shape of Himalayan Fruit
Arun M., India 

Bush Plane in Alaska Ghost Town
Lisa B., United States 

Cactus Cabin With Natural Hot Springs
Alie L., United States 

Campsite With Caves as Rooms Built Into the Earth
Joanne C., Taiwan 

Coconut Drifting in the Sea
Muhammad-Hakim A., Malaysia 

Concrete Shelled Dome, Sustainable Off-Grid in Joshua Tree
Michael O.l, United States 

Contemporary Pyramid in Epic Pine Forest
Jose L., Mexico 

Cozy Giant Teapot and Cup Studio
Martinique B., United Kingdom 

“Crash Landed” Retro Luxury Airliner Fuselage and Cockpit
Jennifer C., United States

Desert Flower Opening to Star-Filled Sky – Abraham V., South Africa

 DJ Booth Tower Mini Duplex
Jérémie, M., Thailand

Dome-House Floating in a Koi Fish Pond
Iacopo T., Japan 

Dragon Egg in the Forest
Martí­n J., Argentina 

Dragons Den Cave: Life-Sized Dragon Statue Atop Entrance
Julia N., United States

Eco Pyramid Bedroom Set at the Belly Button of the Land
Dominic H., Portugal 

Catherine W., Australia 

Fallen Wine Bottle With a  “Wine” Pool
Martino M., Portugal 

Floating Avocado in an Avocado Farm
Ignacio M., Chile 

Floating Terrarium in the City
Mia P., United Kingdom 

Full Airplane House in Wonder Valley
Richard C., United States 

Galactic Glacier
Laura N., United States 

Geodesic Planetarium and Observatory Dome
Nick M., United States 

Ghost Town Gondola Town at 12,000 Feet
Ben C., United States 

Giant Camera Atop a Georgia Mountain
Matthew F., United States 

Giant Clog-Cabin in a Dutch Open Field
Jantine D., Netherlands 

Giant Coyote Head Casita on the Rim of the Rio Grande
Johnny D., United States

Giant Fallen Redwood Tree in the Forest
Frank C., United States 

Giant Flower Pot on a Farm in Small Town Idaho
Whitney H., United States 

Giant Mirrored Disco Ball Glamping House on Wheels
Jeffrey H., United States 

Giant Pig in Meadow at Pig Sanctuary
Tracey S., United States 

Giant Pony Pad in the New Forest National Park
Jordan C., United Kingdom 

Giant Red Mushroom, Cozy House in a Forest
David A., Mexico

Giant Tortoise Glass Shell for Stargazing
Reeyna D., United States 

Giant Vintage TV Perched Next to a Lake
Melissa W., Canada 

Grass-Roofed, Glass-Fronted Forest Adventure House
Kate C., Canada 

Habitable Human Size Skep (Beehive)
Pam W., United States 

Hansel and Gretel’s Chocolate House
Maria D., Argentina 

Il Pino, the Pine-Shaped Cabin in the Alps
Luca B., Italy 

Invisible Farmhouse in a Mango Orchard
Ankur A., India 

Jungle Eco Tree House With a Leaf Petal Shape
Elisa O., Mexico 

Kangaroom – Floating Pod Style
Matt D., Australia 

Kiwi Bird Nest With a Chicken-Eye View
Jacqueline Y., New Zealand 

Land-Locked Cargo Ship House in Veracruz
Álvaro M., Mexico 

Helicopter on Ten Wooded Acres With a Creek
Emily L., United States

Lighthouse in the Ocean Outside a Swedish Summer Island
Martin R., Sweden

Livable Giant Coconut Made From Mud and Coconut Coir in the Tropical Region of Chiang Mai
Abhi A., Thailand 

Livable Giant Fallen Tree in the Woods
J.R. S., United States 

Livable Giant Fossilized Snail in the Desert
Diego Z., Mexico 

Liveable Giant Mushroom Spaceship in the Middle of the Jungle
Pablo C., Mexico

Livable Giant Troll Nestled in the Woods
Victoria G., United States 

Livable Pop-Art Painting-Inspired Stay in Llano Desert
Jesse Y., United States 

Luxury Live-In Bear With Epic Woodland Views
Bianca C., United States 

“Mind the Gap” – An Up-Cycled London Underground Tube Carriage
Eloise S., United Kingdom 

Mischievous Mango Mansion
Rajan E., India 

Modern African Earth Retreat in the Bush
Juane V., South Africa 

Modern Cereal Lover’s Paradise
Trey P., United States 

Monocoque Cabin, Organic Architecture at Peace With its Rural Site
Peter M., United Kingdom 

Mushroom Mansion: A Farm to Nightstand B&B
Lenée G., United States 

Orion Constellation: 10 Elevated Rooms in Oaxaca
Edmundo M., Mexico 

Ozark Glass Dome Planetarium Treehouse
Natalie J., United States 

Portable Cheese Wedge-Shaped Cabins in Wisconsin
Etienne W., United States 

Redwood Stump Tiny House in the Forest
Melanie S., United States 

Rock Candyland Cottages
Justin M., United States 

Salt Cave and Forest Dwelling With Glass Bottle
Liezel M., South Africa 

Sculpture in the Woods
Julio V., Mexico 

Solve a Mystery in a Restored 40s Railcar
Winston W., United States 

Space Treehouse: A Futuristic Home for Sustainable Living
Daniel T., United States

Spend a Night With Your Honey… and Some Honey Bees
Jacob K., United States 

Sprout House – The Incredible Farm Stay!
Milind S., India 

Stargazing Sphere Suspended in the Rocks
Orien R., United States 

Stargazing Stone Igloos
Jaco B., South Africa 

Starhouse on Top of a Cliff
Andres C., Mexico 

Stay in a Volcano On the Big Island of Hawaii
Cassandra R., United States 

Sustainable and Habitable Giant Molar Tooth, Deep Within a Tropical Forest
Pewly D., India 

Sustainable Beehive House in the Rainforest
Esteban A., Costa Rica 

Sustainable Rammed Earth Desert Shelter Engaged Into the Landscape
Jonathan R., United States 

The Big Smoking Volcano and the Sky-Perched Nest
Fabian C., Mexico 

The First Bubble House in Mars: A Space Experience
Jorge B., Spain 

The Golden Egg
Jennifer W., Ireland 

The Nuthouse: Suspended, Hanging Giant Acorn Back in the Woods
Ty G., United States 

The Ultimate Music Lover’s Hideaway
Madeleine T., United Kingdom 

Tire-Shaped House Made of Junkyard Tires
Kimberly S., United States 

Titan II Missile on Former USAF Base
GT H., United States 

“Top Secret” Underground Atlas Missile Base, Abandoned by the Air Force
Matthew F., United States

Luxury Bubble On Top Of A Mountain
Timothy H., Australia 

Two Wooden Round Nests, Surrounded by Dreamy Blue Gardens
Nicolette T., United Kingdom 

Ultimate Airbnb on Plane at an Airfield
Mary C., Australia 

US-Skoolie as Mobile Airbnb in Germany
Marcus H., Germany 

Viking Ship in the Northwoods of Minnesota
Elena M., United States 

What It Feels Like to Live on Cloud 9
Tia B., United States

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*Jungle Eco Treehouse With a Leaf Petal Shape, Elisa O., Mexico

** Host earnings vary widely depending on many factors, including availability, price, acceptance and cancellation rates, occupancy rate and the demand in the listing location. Globally, the median earnings for Hosts in the OMG Category who were active on Airbnb between Jan 2018 and May 2022 was just over $48,000 USD.

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