Concept House 2000
Concept House winners for this year, Katy Ghahrehmani and Michael Kohn, were asked how people might be living in the year 2020. They responded - through working with a diverse mixture of people in the team, from events and management consultants to a product designer - with the HangerHouse, a deliberately open structure on which the occupant can easily stamp their personality to suit their needs.
The building has a familiar domestic shape, the interior of which the occupant can create and personalise using a specially designed computer programme. In the world of the architect's fictitious HangerHouse company, house buyers will select any number of the modular hanger-like frame elements on which they can 'hang' their cladding, and even variably togged frame 'duvets' for extra insulation.
They could have glazing, timber or titanium for walls, facades and roof cladding, and they might be able to specify this over the Internet.They might even like to clip a one-lane swimming pool or additional photovoltaic cells onto the roof. And inside they'll be able to select ready made cellular spaces 'from S to XL' or create their own.
The scheme nudged into second place a 'Clone House' idea which won £3000 for designers Studio 8 with Techniker, a scheme described as the antithesis of the outward-looking modernist house - in a compact enclosure with no direct view out except for the sky. 'Tribal Canopy', an intelligent canopy with a dynamic skin which grips private huts around the perimeter, picked up the £1500 third prize, .