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Homes of the future: design competition 27/08/2020 Labelled as Development

On 23 August, Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced 6 finalists in a competition to design the homes of the future.


The Government's Home of 2030 competition was aimed at encouraging the design of environmentally friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as our society ages.


The 6 finalists announced by the Housing Minister 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 from the 6 finalists 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 6 finalists have each received £40,000 of funding to help them develop detailed plans.


Full details of the shortlisted finalists and their schemes can be found on the Government website.

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