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House of Colour competition launched by AJ and James Hardie

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The House of Colour contest is seeking architects to design a colourful and innovative playhouse for children

Architects have been invited to design a colourful and innovative playhouse for children in a new competition launched by the AJ and building materials firm James Hardie.

The House of Colour competition, which is free to enter and open to all UK-based architects, is being run in association with developer Berkeley Group and seeks concept designs for a £15,000 playhouse or set of playhouses which showcase potential future colour trends in residential design.

Sponsor James Hardie and Berkeley will look to build the design at Green Park Village, a major residential scheme being developed in Reading by St Edward, part of the Berkeley Group.

The best entries will make it onto a shortlist of 4-6 entrants, all of whom will receive a £1,000 honorarium for their time. Those shortlisted will be required to present their design to the jury the week beginning 4 September.

Should the winning design be built, the winner will receive an additional £2,500 to work up and deliver their design on a one-off basis.

The winning playhouse and shortlisted proposals will appear online and in an AJ issue in September.

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Gpv exterior winter 17

Source: Berkeley

Green Park Village

James Hardie - a specialist in fibre cement façade products - will sit on the jury panel, which will also include representatives from the AJ and Berkeley as well as leading independent jurors.

Rob Windle, James Hardie’s European commercial director, said: ‘Over the past decade, we have seen a real design shift taking place in the UK residential sector. The muted brick and block-style housing of the 1990s has been replaced with mixed-use building products and accents in next-generation smart materials such as fibre cement. The use of colour is also an increasingly important design consideration.

‘As a leading materials manufacturer, we passionately believe in developing products that will give architects the maximum design flexibility, not just in following the current design trends but in paving the way for future innovation.

‘For us, colour choice in façade design is a key part of this. Colour palettes are changing and we aspire to be providing the right tools to design homes that will last for generations to come.’

The deadline for submissions is 23 June.

Why enter?

  • The winning playhouse will have the opportunity to be built at a major residential scheme
  • Each entry will be seen and assessed by the AJ and James Hardie
  • The winning playhouse and shortlisted proposals will appear online and in the AJ in September
  • £1,000 honorarium for shortlisted entrants
  • Additional £2,500 for the winning practice or team to work up and deliver their design on a one-off basis, should it be built
  • Free to enter

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

House of Colour is an AJ competition in association with

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