RIBA launches co-housing design competition

Elizabeth Hopkirk

1-6 Copper Lane co-housing by Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects

Five architects to be shortlisted

The RIBA has launched an international competition for architects to design a co-living development in east London.

The design competition, for a site in Forest Gate, Newham, is being held in partnership with bedu.uk, a private developer. Tenants will be consulted and their views will influence the judges.

Hugh Broughton, the RIBA’s adviser for the competition, said: “The high cost of housing in London is a constant challenge for its inhabitants. This competition offers architects the chance to explore innovative ways to provide market affordable homes within a communal setting. The brief encourages new ideas to help create meaningful places which are a joy to live in and improve residents’ quality of life.”

Co-living – also known as co-housing – involves a deliberate community coming together and sharing some facilities such as kitchens, utility spaces, play areas and gardens.

The initial phase of the competition will require teams to submit expressions of interest and their vision of co-living, in digital format only. Up to ten practices will be longlisted and invited to interview.

Five practices will be shortlisted for the second phase. Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £3,000 + VAT. Each team attending an interview that doesn’t make the eventual shortlist will receive a payment of £1,000 + VAT.

The deadline for phase one submissions is April 24.

Find out more at www.ribacompetitions.com/coliving


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