United Kingdom Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has announced six finalists in a competition to design the homes of the future. The “Home of 2030” competition encourages the design of environmentally friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as society ages.
The six finalists and their designs are:
The Positive Collective (changebuilding Perpendicular Architecture & humblebee) with ECOSystems Technologies, COCIS and Arup: Homes that seek to reduce carbon emissions and encourage social interaction, including through food grown in communal spaces and areas such as ponds to promote biodiversity.
HLM Architects with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Green Build: Homes built using interchangeable parts with other homes, creating a circular economy in which little is wasted.
Igloo Regeneration with Useful Projects, Expedition Engineers and Mawson Kerr Architects: Homes with simple frame structures and standardised components set amidst walkable, vibrant neighbourhoods.
Openstudio Architects Ltd: Three building elements (a standardised housing module, an open ‘Loft’ and a circulation, storage and shared module) are used in combination with 3 landscape elements (communal green space, small private gardens or upper level balconies and terraces, and front gardens) to create combinations of sustainable, age-friendly spaces.
Outpost Architects and team: Janus, a home constructed from 98% organic biomass material (primarily timber and straw).
Studio OPEN: Promoting community and caring for others through a central garden shared between 4 homes that are built with locally sourced materials and timber construction methods to reduce environmental impact.
A winner will be chosen and, together with other selected finalists, will be introduced to Homes England development partners to explore the possibility of developing bids for a series of homes on Homes England land. The six finalists have each received £40,000 of funding to help them develop detailed plans.
“This competition demonstrates the best of British design being brought to bear on a key issue for today, and future generations: delivering homes that are good for the planet and that promote healthy, independent living for older generations,” said Minister Pincher. “The winner of this competition will set the standard for the homes of the future and all six finalists have already made an exciting contribution to the designs we will need in the UK and around the world.”