…high-quality, low-carbon and age-friendly homes for the future…
The government has just announced the six finalists in its competition, as covered by the Architects’ Journal:
Finalists in government’s Home of 2030 contest revealed
UK housing minister Christopher Pincher has named the six finalists in the government’s contest to design new ‘homes fit for the future’
The competition – organised by the RIBA with support from the Building Research Establishment, MOBIE and the Design Council – sought proposals for high-quality, low-carbon and age-friendly homes which could be rolled out to boost quality of life for the country’s growing elderly population.
It set out to recognise the ‘highest standards of age-adaptable design’ and followed the government’s recent consultation on a Future Homes Standard, which would require all new homes built from 2025 to have 80 per cent less carbon emissions.
Here’s the government’s announcement with details of the finalists:
The 6 finalists and their designs are:
- The Positive Collective: 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: Homes built using interchangeable parts with other homes, creating a circular economy in which little is wasted.
- Igloo Regeneration: Homes with simple frame structures and standardised components set amidst walkable, vibrant neighbourhoods.
- Openstudio Architects: 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: 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.
Today’s announcements follow last week’s launch of Planning for the future – the government’s overhaul of the planning system to deliver more high-quality, sustainable homes.
The media has focussed on the absence of private gardens: