Young People’s Amazing Future Home Designs are Through to National Finals

The list of students to go through to the final stage of judging in the Home of 2030 Young Persons’ Challenge can now be revealed.

The list of students to go through to the final stage of judging in the Home of 2030 Young Persons’ Challenge can now be revealed.

Finalists have been selected in the four age group categories of 11-14yrs, 14-16yrs, 16-18yrs and 18-25yrs. Students from as far afield as Essex, South Wales, Lancashire and Surrey, working as teams or individually, submitted their designs to the national design competition for young people. Those shortlisted will now submit presentations on their designs via video presentation with the ultimate winners to be announced later this year.

Some of the design ideas submitted for the first stage of the Home of 2030 Young Persons’ Challenge

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, said “This competition has showcased some brilliant designs from a talented group of young people – who knows, perhaps we have the next Norman Foster on our hands. The designs put forward all have innovation and ingenuity at their heart and seek to tackle the defining issues of our generation – a growing ageing population and the scourge of climate change. These young people have achieved a great deal and I wish them all the best of luck.

George Clarke, architect, TV presenter and founder of educational charity MOBIE who are running the Challenge for Home of 2020, said “The judging for this challenge has been an unbelievably hard task. The initial shortlisting was tough enough, never mind this last round, picking the young designers to be our finalists.  I honestly don’t know how we are going to decide on the winners from each age group, let alone an overall winner. Fellow judges get ready for some long hours of agonising, heart searching debate and choices as we are presented with their finished design proposals. Young people never fail to amaze me with their imagination, talent and passion when it comes to home.  They were asked to design homes for the future, and they focused on sustainability, environmental protection, climate change, health, families, ageing and the community as opposed to futuristic gadgets and comfortable, automated lifestyles.  I’m optimistic if these young designers create the future built environment.  Good luck to the finalists and a massive thanks to everyone who entered the competition“.

The competition brief asked entrants to imagine what future technologies and lifestyles might be like and what they might mean for the design of future homes. What will new technology, longer living, environmental impact, climate change and affordability mean for the design of the homes of the future?

The shortlisted entries from these youngsters show great imagination and amazing design talent.  The finalists include modular homes which draw inspiration from hexagonal shapes derived from nature – biomimicry, housing designs that are adaptable for all stages of family life, and eco-friendly homes that use recycled resources and other salvaged materials.

You can view a showcase of the initial ideas here on the Home of 2030 website. Home of 2030 is a cross-departmental initiative funded by HM Government, with a steering group that includes the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The finalists are:

18-25yrs Age Group

  • Henri Kopra, Rachael Milliner, Ella Rogers – University of Nottingham
  • Rebecca Shaw – Harlow College
  • Ellen Edwards, Gina Rapoport, Ingrid Rehnstrom, Shouq Almuhammadi, Joe Ngoma – a team from Sheffield Hallam University
  • Brandon Roberts, Clare Joe Beato Padilla, Olivia Florence Jane, Viktoria Vaverkova – University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD)

16-18yrs Age Group

  • Patrick McKeon, Luke Camp & Jessica Rayif-Pearson – Harlow College
  • Zoe Porter – Darwen Aldridge Community College
  • Freddie Chalmers, Olly Good, Yasmine Hayes, Annabelle Smith & Martha Smith – a team from Oxted School

14-16yrs Age Group

  • Dylan Rees & Joe Beard – a team from Berkeley Green UTC
  • Kyra-Marie Winfield, Harmanjeet Kaur, Amelia-Harris Woodward – a team from Nottingham Girls Academy
  • Junior Lewis, Xavier Lester, Eesa Battiwala – a team from Berkeley Green UTC

11-14yrs Age Group

  • Ailsa Fox, Eva Robinson, Bethany White, Ava Schiel – a team from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy
  • Tilly Hilton, Ayesha Khan, Grace Kirk & Elijah Toombs – King Ecgbert School, Sheffield

Students involved in the Challenge will submit their final work to an eminent panel of judges headed by George Clarke. They will also be given opportunities to share their submissions with participants in the main Home of 2030 design competition, which is now in its final stages.