Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has today (Sunday 23 August) announced six finalists in a competition to design the homes of the future.
The Home of 2030 competition has encouraged the best and brightest talents of the housing industry to design environmentally friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as our society ages.
The six finalists and their designs are:
- changebuilding, Perpendicular Architecture & humblebee, with ECOSystems Tech, COCIS and Arup: Positive+ House seeks to maximise our positive contribution to society and the environment, not just to minimise construction’s negative impact.
- 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 three 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 four 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.
Today’s announcements follows this month’s launch of Planning for the Future – the Government’s overhaul of the planning system to deliver more high-quality, sustainable homes. The reforms include our commitment to making tree-lined streets the norm and an ambition that new ‘zero carbon ready’ homes delivered under the new system will not require any future retrofitting.
Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said: “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. 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.”
Minister for Clean Growth and Energy Kwasi Kwarteng MP said: “Cutting homeowners’ heating bills and making buildings greener is the next step in our plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and pioneering low-carbon initiatives like these will futureproof our housing stock for years to come. Alongside our nationwide £320m heat network investment and our upcoming £2bn Green Homes Grant scheme, these projects will pave the way for the UK’s green homes revolution.”
Minister for Care, Helen Whately said: “We want everyone, regardless of their age, to lead healthy, active lives in communities that work for them. As the population of the UK ages, our housing and infrastructure must be adaptable to our changing needs. The innovation and talent shown by the finalists in designing solutions to meet the needs of our future population has been very exciting and I look forward to seeing what comes next.”
Alan Jones, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, said: “The UK urgently needs a broad mix of affordable, age-friendly and sustainable housing – and these shortlisted proposals provide exactly that. Through the clever configuration of private and public space, natural light and ventilation, intelligent use of materials and technologies – these cost-effective, low carbon homes show what’s possible when architects collaborate.”
The winning Home of 2030 entry will be announced this Autumn. You can read the full text of the press notice here.
Home of 2030 Finalists
changebuilding, Perpendicular Architecture & humblebee, with ECOSystems Tech, COCIS and Arup: Positive+ House seeks to maximise our positive contribution to society and the environment, not just to minimise construction’s negative impact.
HLM Architects with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Green Build: An ambition to solve the issue of capacity and compatibility of offsite housing construction through development of a design standard that enables any Modern Methods of Construction system to deliver the same high quality, sustainable design, with parts that are interchangeable.
Igloo Regeneration with Useful Projects, Expedition Engineers and Mawson Kerr Architects: Supportive, sociable, nurturing communities co-produce ‘PlugNPlay’ buildings with simple frame structures, standardised component interfaces using a software platform delivering speed and economies of scale, that are planet positive, zero ‘UpFront’ carbon, net positive in use and in green, walkable, vibrant neighbourhoods.
Openstudio Architects Ltd: Homes are proposed with a central garden shared between four units, balancing the need for privacy with building a sense of community, and to mix independence with caring for others. Continuity of local architecture is proposed by using local craftsmen and sourcing materials locally where possible. Modular mass-timber construction methods ensure scalability and low environmental impact.
Outpost Architects with Milk structures, EcoCocon, Barbara Jones, Gaia Group Ltd, Propagating Dan, and Atelier Replica: Janus is a modular housing system constructed from 98% organic biomass material, primarily unitised timber and straw. The proposal comprises an arrangement of multiple units, interspersed with communal green houses and gardens bringing vibrancy and diversity to the site.
Studio OPEN: by simplifying and standardising a characteristic ‘kit of parts’ of both internal and external spaces, each site is intended to be adapted to the scale and needs of the community, generating connected, sustainable, age-friendly and inclusive neighbourhoods.