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Levitt Bernstein’s house-in-a-garage win

Temporary structures that add low-cost housing to existing east London estates judged top in Building Trust International competition

Levitt Bernstein has defeated an 85-strong shortlist in the international contest to design low-cost, single-occupancy housing for urban areas.

The studio’s winning proposal uses temporary structures to occupy redundant garages on housing estates in east London.

The project is planned to be delivered through an apprenticeship scheme and features demountable components that can be manufactured as a kit-of parts.

Georgie Revell of Levitt Bernstein said: ‘The proposal targets under-used spaces in high density areas where land value is high and rising. It offers a creative,
practical interim solution between other development opportunities.’

Competition judge and YMCA director of development Andy Redfearn said: ‘[We] provided a creative and cost-effective solution to providing accommodation for
single people in an urban setting. It was easy to visualise the concept becoming reality.

More than 400 contestants entered Building Trust International’s contest, which was divided into professional and student categories. Gensler also made the professional category shortlist and Dundee University’s Colin Davis won an honourable mention in the student category.

The organisation has launched another humanitarian competition to design flood resistant housing in Cambodia. The registration deadline is 15 December.


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