The six practices shortlisted in the final round of the Elmswell housing competition in Suffolk have seen their projects go on anonymous display in the village.
The projects - labelled Schemes A to F (pictured) - were designed by Alison Brooks Architects, Allies and Morrison, Foster Lomas, Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects, Henning Stummel Architects and Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects. To get to this stage they saw off 73 other expressions of interest. The practices' schemes were responding to a brief that demanded they 'interpret the distinctiveness of Suffolk in a contemporary way'. Additionally, they had to 'reflect the needs of people living in a rural environment, offer fl exible accommodation and act as an exemplar for 21st-century housing'. The winning scheme, which will have a budget of £2.9 million, will provide 25 affordable houses with properties for both rent and shared ownership, with half of the site to be retained as open 'play space'. The competition is organised by Elmswell Parish Council, the East of England Development Agency, Mid Suffolk District Council, the Orwell Housing Association and the Suffolk Preservation Society.
The winner will be revealed later this month.