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Design contest launched for ‘beautiful’ green belt house

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Barton Willmore has launched an open international competition for an ‘aesthetically pleasing’ house in London’s green belt

Open to artists, architects, landscape architects, designers and students – the anonymous contest seeks residential proposals for a 91 hectare former golf course site.

According to the brief: ‘The design responses should demonstrate a concept of beauty whilst providing a home that responds to the brief, from concepts to details.’

The document continued: ‘It is imperative that whilst each submission should embody a form of beauty, they should also address its capability of adapting for the changing needs of its users.’

The project for an unnamed client must accommodate a family of four adults with three children and space for guests.

Submissions must include a short design statement, three display boards and two high-quality publicity images.

Sketches, concept drawings and a schedule of accommodation should also be included.

Judging criteria

  • Beauty and a definition of ‘beauty’ and the ‘home’
  • Originality of solutions
  • Architecture that represents ideals and aspirations
  • Environmental consideration and response to the site
  • Innovative nature without relying on technological solutions or gimmicks
  • Relationship of built and natural
  • Practicality
  • Response and relevance to brief
  • Inspiring unique ways of living and life styles

Judges include Fokke Moerel of MVRDV, Neil Porter of Gustafson Porter, Mick Finch of Central Saint Martins, and Ed Hollis, architect and author of The School of Life’s ‘How to Make a Home’.

The winning team or teams – set to be announced on 20 October – will share a £25,000 prize fund.

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on 30 September.


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