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Duggan Morris and vPPR shortlisted in Forest Gate co-living contest

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Duggan Morris Architects and vPPR Architects are among five teams shortlisted in an international competition for a co-living development in Forest Gate, east London

Architype, Delvendahl Martin Architects and Knox Bhavan Architects complete the shortlist in the RIBA-organised ‘Co-Living in London’ competition.

Open to registered architects around the world, the contest sought ‘innovative’ proposals for a residential development featuring a series of 19m2 micro-apartments in the Forest Gate area of Newham.

The project, backed by developer bedu.uk, aims to deliver a pioneering co-living community where facilities such as kitchens, utility spaces, play areas, gardens and outside areas are shared between residents. Teams participating in the contest may also be approached for additional opportunities beyond this project, which is the developer’s inaugural co-living scheme.

The five finalists were chosen from a 10-strong longlist, which included AOC Architecture, Surman Weston and Threefold Architects.

Earlier this month the co-founders of Duggan Morris Architects, Mary Duggan and Joe Morris, announced they were going their separate ways and splitting the business they founded nearly 13 years ago.

Forest Gate is a mainly residential district home to several large green spaces, including Wanstead Flats and West Ham Park. The area, 3km east of the Olympic Park, is connected by overground train to central London and will be served by Crossrail when it opens next year.

The competition focuses on the site of a light residential warehouse (pictured) near Romford Road. The single-storey complex – surrounded by a hotel, mosque and kitchen joinery workshop – is expected to be demolished to make way for the scheme.

The shortlist

Architype
Delvendahl Martin Architects
Duggan Morris Architects
Knox Bhavan Architects
vPPR Architects

‘Co-living’ describes a sharing communal facilities between several private homes and was pioneered in Denmark during the 1960s.

The initiative allows neighbours to collaboratively plan and manage their shared environment, and is understood to bring social, practical, economic and environmental benefits, including reducing the amount of space needed for each private home.

The contest aims to deliver a series of low-rent co-living micro-studios, where smart phone apps allow residents to manage their shared spaces. Proposals should encourage community interaction, be designed to age well with minimal maintenance, and respond to the views of potential residents.

The client will survey interested occupiers during the competition and integrate their requirements for space and design into the judging and selection process.

The shortlisted teams will now receive £3,000 + VAT each to develop designs and attend a final interviews. The overall winner, set to be announced next month, will receive £40,000 to develop the scheme further.

Competition judges will include architect Hugh Broughton, Takero Shimazaki of t-sa Architects, planning consultant Matthew Johnson and client representatives.

The longlist

Al-Jawad Pike
AOC Architecture
Architype
Delvendahl Martin Architects
Duggan Morris Architects
Henley Halebrown
Knox Bhavan Architects
Surman Weston
Threefold Architects
vPPR Architects

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