The homes of the future. Ever wondered what they might look like? We have. And over the weekend we were given a glimpse of the kinds of houses we may find ourselves living in by 2030, as the finalists of the Home of 2030 competition were announced by the Housing Minister Christopher Pincher.
The 6 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.
The Home of 2030 competition was launched in March to encourage the design of environmentally friendly homes that will meet the needs of people as they age so they can continue to lead independent, fulfilling lives. It is part of a government drive to improve the standard of housing in the UK and sits alongside the planning reforms we blogged about yesterday.
A winner will be chosen this autumn and together with other selected finalists, they 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. The ultimate aim is to make tree-lined streets the norm and to ‘beautify’ housing developments as well as building new ‘zero carbon ready’ homes that will not require any future retrofitting. It’s a big ambition. We have ten years to wait and see if this competition will help to fulfil it.