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Revealed: finalists' schemes in Taylor Wimpey 'house of the future' contest


The six finalists in housebuilder Taylor Wimpey’s ‘home of the future’ contest have revealed their concept designs

Launched in partnership with the RIBA, the anonymous Project 2020 Open Design Competition sought innovative new housing typologies and attracted more than 100 entries.

The shortlisted schemes have been drawn up by Artform Architects, Igor Russo with Flanagan Lawrence, More Design, NewGround Architects, Origin 3 Studio and Openstudio Architects.

Architects are being invited to comment on the designs – which are not linked to the individual entrants – to win one of five £100 home technology vouchers. 

Comments will close on 2 December, after which the concepts will be judged by a panel including Taylor Wimpey’s chief executive Pete Redfern, Glenn Howells of Glenn Howells Architects and Sasha Bhavan, founding partner of Knox Bhavan Architects.

Taylor Wimpey will then work with the winning team to develop its designs, with a view to building a prototype that could be used in the company’s wider standard portfolio of homes. The winner will also receive £10,000. 

Taylor Wimpey divisional managing director John Gainham said: ‘We’ve been very impressed with the quality of the entries in our competition, which is aimed at exploring trends, changes and innovation in design, architecture and technology to help shape our range of new-build homes for 2020 and beyond.

‘The initial concept brief asked for the design to consider key elements such as natural light, space for living and storage, flexibility and adaptability, and health and wellbeing, as well as functional requirements and a range of technology and construction considerations.’


Readers' comments (3)

  • Scheme B for so many reasons... cleverly stacked services, the elevational relief on House types C & D, use of materials across all the elevations and strong floor plan layouts. We discussed siting the master bedroom on the front to pair it with the balcony for safety and enjoyment but otherwise it's a clear winner for us!

    Annabelle Tugby, Annabelle Tugby Architects

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  • It think it a shame that when the brief asked for prototypes of the future these are the results. There was also a request for innovation, but can't see how a series of pitch roof boxes in a variety of brown shades has achieved this. As these are family homes I was hoping for the designs to be more playful and oozing joy. Sorry for appearing negative, but I was hoping for so much more.

    Graham Brown, Envelope Architects

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  • One of the site layouts together with relevant views for Scheme F is missing. This needs to be amended to ensure polls are based on comparable/complete information for all entries.

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