International Architecture Competition

RE-Stock
London Housing

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The RE-Stock London Housing Competition is part of Bee Breeders’ Affordable Housing competition series. Run in partnership with ARCHHIVE Books and the Bartlett School of Architecture, this competition tasked participants with submitting innovative design proposals for mitigating the affordable housing crisis in London. It is the second competition focused on this city following the London Affordable Housing Challenge.

The 2018 London Housing Strategy, issued by the Greater London Authority, in partnership with Mayor Sadiq Khan, calculated that only 13 percent of new homes given planning permission in 2016 were affordable. It assessed that number had risen to 30 percent after £4.82bn of affordable housing funding was secured for London from the government. Among the key points of the 2018 Strategy was “identifying and bringing forward more land for housing” by surveying the city for large sites to be adapted for housing and mixed-use development. The assessment identified the capacity and target for 65,000 new homes each year across London for the next 10 years.

The initiative was a good start, but even more must be done by architects and designers to creatively identify development opportunities within London. This competition sought to reconsider the use of existing London sites, as a means to jumpstarting the city of London once again as a hotbed of innovative housing. Participants were given the choice to rework existing housing schemes, extend and transform existing buildings, or design new buildings or strategies on sites of their choice within London. No minimum unit size or density was defined.

The jury sought proposals that intelligently adapted existing infrastructure, considered community cohesion, limited energy consumption, or put forth innovative construction methods. While this competition was conceptual in nature, weight was given to flexible schemes that could be feasibly adapted to various sites and residential unit types, and implemented to increase London’s housing stock.

Selected winning designs will be featured in the ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ forthcoming second edition of its publication, What is Affordable Housing? Bee Breeders would like to thank all participants for submitting their ideas for rethinking the all-important issue of affordable housing!

1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

Revival of the reservoirs

University

University of the arts berlin

Country

Germany

Project authors

Elisabeth Loehr

jury commentary

Revival of the Reservoirs focuses on the approximately 300 subterranean water storage facilities built during Victorian-era London. Some of these structures are still in use today, some lie empty and vacant, yet all are inaccessible. The designer proposes to partially excavate these brick-formed, barrel-vaulted structures, and partially construct above them - to offer a dynamic new form of low-scale community with ample outdoor common space on two levels. Renovating the extant reservoirs would certainly face its fair share of economic and political challenges, but it is an exemplary idea that has the potential to define a new type of urban neighborhood unique to London, by reworking existing public infrastructure.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

The two-up two-down

University

Southern california institute of architecture (sci-arc)

Country

United States

Project authors

Melody Chu
Deedee Chung

jury commentary

The Two-up Two-Down proposes an alternative design to the traditional London terrace house. It aims to maintain the scale and character of the existing terrace house - in this case study, the Alexandra Road Estate - while maximizing green space and introducing additional public programs into the complex. The proposal is a roadmap for mixing single-family, multi-family, and co-living units, above a common ground-floor plinth infused with commercial space. The project’s imagery is strong in communicating an interesting type of low-scale, and high-density structure that departs from the often banal forms of social housing we have seen constructed in recent decades.  

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Above The Grid

University

Berlin university of the arts

Country

Germany

Project authors

Jierong Lyu

jury commentary

Above the Grid focuses on reprogramming London Council Housing by means of a modular and combinatory grid for various user types, that could be used to infill a host of London sites. The project utilises a 1.2 x 1.2 meter cube as the fundamental building block which can be aggregated within sites - ranging from stacks within narrow infill lots, to expansive superblocks with shared atria. The inhabitant becomes the architect, dictating the size, shape, and facade pattern of his own unit. While a strong and potentially implementable idea, among many questions the submission does not answer are: Who defines the base structure? And how flexible or sustainable is this system over time? 

BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

Garage Band Housing

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Pol Gallagher
Andreas Schmid

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Multi-Stories Housing

University

The university of bath

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Ingrid Bjerkan

Project Name

the social language

Country

Poland

Project authors

Michalina Dębska
Kaja Kirilenko
Jakub Biernacki
Weronika Dardzińska

Project Name

Affordable Framework

University

University of the arts berlin

Country

Germany

Project authors

Gustava Grüntuch
Jakob Fischer

Project Name

Stocking Up, Digging Down

University

Bartlett

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Luke Draper

Project Name

Common-Sky

Country

United States

Project authors

Douglas Lee
Yee foo (Vincent) Lai

Project Name

ReMaking the Street


Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Patrick Inglis
Kim Loddo
Jamal Badrashi

Shortlisted projects

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Greece

Cardiff university

miltiadis filippos christodoulakos

Kazakhstan

dilara murzagaliyeva
kristina goncharov

United Kingdom

patrick inglis
kim loddo
jamal badrashi

Germany

University of the arts berlin

elisabeth loehr

Germany

Universität der künste berlin

viktoria bruns
lilli hanada
hannes hehemann

Germany

Berlin university of the arts

jierong lyu

Germany

Universität der künste berlin

anders grivi norman

Germany

University of the arts berlin

gustava grüntuch
jakob fischer

United Kingdom

pol gallagher
andreas schmid

United Kingdom

katie kasabalis
darius woo
kao onishi

United Kingdom

The university of bath

ingrid bjerkan

United States

Southern california institute of architecture (sci-arc)

melody chu
deedee chung

United States

Urban edition

florian oberhuber
jeff goldberger
penporn teerasukprasarn
salvador delgado

United States

douglas lee
yee foo (vincent) lai

United Kingdom

athina athiana
mario santaniello
evangelia triantafilla

Poland

michalina dębska
kaja kirilenko
jakub biernacki
weronika dardzińska

Canada

University of british columbia

heesuk lee
zeke kan
nick fernando
amy jung yun lee

United States

michael grogan
mahruf kabir
nazmun akter pia
marzia chowdhury

Bangladesh

sanjana ahmed
rebeca costa camões rabello
marcela montalvao moreira

Sweden

Umeå school of architecture, kth royal institute of technology

ella nystrom
matilda svensk

Pakistan

seher aziz
fatima afzal
huzefah haroon
muhammad mubarak

Switzerland

walter hjaltested
caterina decker

Mexico

adriana itzel uribe ramos
ariel sarria gonzález
javier reyes garcía
roberto rodríguez bravo

Italy

Università degli studi di trento

tommaso rossi
gianmarco biasin
luca squarzoni

United States

varun sharma
austin lightle

United States

jessica hester
anthony cricchio
dayton castleman
thomas merritt

United Kingdom

nur kayali
melis cetin
cem aydin

Russian Federation

Moscow architectural institute - markhi

ekaterina luniakova
valentina kharlova

Germany

Technische universitat berlin

felita felita

Russian Federation

dmitry burdin
alena markova

Germany

Universität kassel

chenyu shi
yisong liu

Italy

Università degli studi di napoli federico ii

gennaro finale
vittoria di giulio
mario galterisi
 

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