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Father and son team wins future townhouse contest

Alex King of Designalexable and his retired architect father Edward King have won the 2011 British Home Awards ‘tomorrow’s townhouse’ contest

The pair saw off finalists Moxon Architects, Grayscale architecture + design, Design ACB and Urban Salon to win the Future Hones category of the awards which is backed by the Daily Telegraph and the RIBA.

The victorious scheme was conceived as a ‘community focused design and inspired by a Georgian square layout’ and designed to be built using modular construction.

Entrants into the annual design competition, now into its fifth year, were asked to design ‘a sustainable and innovative townhouse, building on the successful legacies of the classic 18th and19th century terraces to create the 21st century equivalent’.

The architect’s view - Alex King

‘Working with my retired father brought issues of accessibility and housing of aged family members to the forefront. The fact that my sister
has returned to live in my parents home made us acutely aware of how family circumstances change and the necessity of being able to accommodate these changes in a modern family home.
‘The solution was to design a house that can be sub-divided into separate units as simply as locking a door. In the community [where I live] many of the occupants are elderly and their children have moved on. Sometimes their partner has died and they continue living in a four-bedroom house. Yet one elderly man told me the houses are not valuable enough, so even if they downsize they will not get any financial gain. Proportionally flats are more expensive. Moving house will create trauma, possibly distancing them from old friends and downsizing will require throwing out of things that may have belonged to lost loved ones. Who can say they will be happy elsewhere? The flexible layout of our Santiago townhouse would mean that they could downsize without moving. ‘The side effect of this would help by bringing more accommodation onto the market without the need to build on the countryside.’

Previous story (AJ 29.06.2011)

Revealed: finalists in future townhouse contest

Moxon Architects and Urban Salon have been named among the five finalists in the 2011 British Home Awards ‘tomorrow’s townhouse’ contest

The practice is joined by Grayscale architecture + design, Design ACB and Alex & Edward: Architects on the shortlist for the competition which is backed by the Daily Telegraph, the RIBA, the New Homes Marketing Board and the BRE.

Entrants into the annual design competition, now into its fifth year, were asked to design ‘a sustainable and innovative townhouse, building on the successful legacies of the classic 18th and19th century terraces to create the 21st century equivalent’.

Vote for your favourite here.

Winners and commended schemes will be announced at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square on Thursday 22 September 2011.

Shortlist in full:

  • The Eco Wrap: Grayscale architecture + design
  • A House and a half: Urban Salon
  • The New London Terrace: Moxon Architects
  • The Stack House: Design ACB
  • Santiago: Alex & Edward: Architects

Readers' comments (2)

  • I lament the loss of the front garden in this country. People are now clearly too traumatised in having to walk more than 2 metres from their cars to their front doors. God forbid one should have to talk to ones neighbours in the process.

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  • Interesting sections, but are there plans which show how the the houses work. Having not seen the brief for a typical site for a project it would be difficult to determine if any were suitable designs.

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