With the winners of this government-funded design competition announced, take a look at what homebuilding could look like in 10 years' time. 

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Launched in March 2020, and managed by RIBA, the Home of 2030 design competition encouraged designers and architects to create concepts for environmentally friendly homes for an ageing society. 

After whittling down entries to a shortlist of six finalists, Minister of State for Housing Christopher Pincher announced joint winners of the competition in +Home and Connector Housing. The teams behind these concepts have now been invited to meet with Homes England to discuss developing their ideas further. 

'The Home of 2030 competition was born out of this Government’s ambition to meet the grand challenges of our time: helping our country adapt to an ageing society, whilst fighting climate change and boldly pursuing our 2050 net zero commitments,' explains Pincher. 'Two entries really captured the judges’ imaginations - their designs show the way housing in this country can be reimagined'. 


plushome housing concept - home of 2030 competition - grand designs news

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The idea behind +Home comes from data generated by the Design Council which found that people want to be involved in the design of their homes, avoiding identikit new builds. Pitching itself in opposition of 'soulless' new build estates, the +Home concept is a community-led and support self-build homes that people can design themselves.

Simple to build with affordable frames and components, the homes would be climate friendly and recyclable at the end of their use. 

This scheme has been developed by Igloo Regeneration, Useful Projects, Mawson Kerr Architects with Cast, Elliot Wood, Expedition and Landsmith Associates.

Connector Housing 

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Connector Housing is a flexible, modular system for multi-generational housing and neighbourhoods. The concept explore different densities of houses and apartments, by varying site configurations, vertical heights, external appearances and internal layouts that can be adapted to respond to changing occupant needs. 

The ‘Connector’ element is an adaptable vertical unit which can accommodate stairs, a lift, shared communal or work spaces, storage, and direct access to the communal gardens from upper level apartments. While the external envelopes of the ‘Base Unit’, and the ‘Loft’ are consistent to ensure cost-effective construction, the internal layouts can be adapted to meet the needs of the user. 

This scheme has been developed by  Openstudio with Hoare Lea, LDA Design and Gardiner & Theobald. 


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