Openstudio wins RIBA 'homes of future' competition

Project 2020 initiative was run with house builder Taylor Wimpey

Openstudio Architects has won an RIBA-run competition to develop new housing types that explore materials, techniques and technology.

The Project 2020 initiative, run in conjunction with house builder Taylor Wimpey, shortlisted work by Artform Architects, Igor Russo with Flanagan Lawrence, More Design, NewGround Architects and Origin 3 Studio.

The six were whittled down from more than 100 entrants tasked with creating housing types that reflected changing lifestyle trends and innovations in design, architecture, technology, materials and methodology.



Taylor Wimpey has committed to building prototypes of the winning entries and has said it could also incorporate them in its market range.

The house building giant said that by next year it “wants to be in a position to build a range of housing prototypes that are distinctive, aspirational, innovative, pragmatic, cost-effective, land-effective, and capable of high-quality production with design appeal to customers”.

Called Infinite House, Openstudio’s prototypes are designed to offer maximum flexibility, customisation and cost efficiency and to maximise levels of natural light and the perception of space.

Practice principal Jennifer Beningfield said: “We believe that our Infinite House project truly offers the flexibility and customisation that home owners are looking for, and we look forward to working with the team at Project 2020 to realise and test the prototypes in the near future.”

Judges for the competition included Taylor Wimpey directors as well as architects Glenn Howells and Sasha Bhavan.

Howells said: “Openstudio’s proposals for the Infinite House, however, raised the bar in reconsidering the archetype of the terraced house. This project considered not only the urban implications and technical possibilities for off-site production but also explored how such a house could enrich lives through the quality of climate, space and light.”

The finalists’ full submissions can be seen here.




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