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UK outfits land second place in St Helena housing contest

London studios Charabanc and Nimtim has won second place in a competition to develop a new wave of homes on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena

The duo’s proposal was selected for the silver prize by a jury of local residents. Spanish practice Bilbao Architecture Team (BAT) was named winner.

Charabanc designer and owner John Brown told AJ it was a ‘great achievement’ for a practice set up just two years ago to be recognised in this international competition.

He added: ‘Our design was a back-to-basics scheme focusing on the community of St Helena.

‘This approach is at the heart of our studio – pragmatic design that does not lose any of the advances made in quality of space and lifestyle.’

BAT’s first place Giving Identity scheme proposed using locally occurring volcanic rock foundations and bamboo to create sustainable housing.

St Helena acting governor Owen O’Sullivan said the winning practice made powerful arguments for the design material.

‘It could offer St Helena a long term source of industry and employment,’ he said.

‘The design will appeal equally to low income and more affluent residents and is very adaptable to the demands of different households.’

BAT said in a statement: ‘St Helena, forgotten paradise in the Atlantic Ocean, has to be known.

‘This will provide a coherent model with its environment, example of social and architectural sustainability, and world reference in intelligent economic management.’






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