Will Hurst, Deputy Editor
Architects Journal, 26th August 2015
"Ten architects and designers vying to win the prestigious home of the future contest
Urban Salon, Levitt Bernstein, Artform Architects, C4 Architecture, Super Green Architecture, HTA Design, HLM, Place by Design, Langstaff Day and ZCD Architects are all in the running for the Barratt Homes/AJ Future Homes competition, which asks for a bold and innovative house design which will appeal to homeowners in five to 10 years’ time.
The ten practices now have until 11 September to fine tune their designs ahead of a final judging session to pick a winner and runners up at the RIBA headquarters in Portland Place later that month.
The winner will be awarded a cash sum to cover competition submission costs of up to £20,000. The housebuilder then intends to work with the winning individual or organisation to develop and build a prototype home, paying additional fees of up to £20,000.
Up to three outstanding runners-up will receive special commendations for their designs and Barratt Homes will offer a cash sum to cover competition submission fees of up to £10,000 each. The developer may also commission some or all of the runners-up to develop prototypes, paying additional fees of up to £10,000 each. Both winners and runners-up will be publicised by Barratt Homes and the AJ.
The judges include representatives of Barratt and the AJ as well as three experienced external judges - DRMM founder Sadie Morgan, Design Council Cabe director Clare Devine and managing director of housing developer SolidSpace, Gus Zogolovitch.
Jeremy Hipkiss, group head of sales and marketing at Barratt Developments, said: ‘We have been delighted with the response to this competition and the quality of entries.
‘Shortlisted practices have all been given feedback prior to final presentation in September so competition is likely to be fierce which should lead to an exciting judging day!’"