House of 2030

  • client
  • Bolsover District Council
  • contract value
  • £Unknown
  • date
  • 2020
  • sector
  • Housing
  • location
  • Nottingham
  • contact
  • Jamie Brown

The RIBA sponsored Home of 2030 Design Competition aimed to attract the best and brightest talents of the housing industry to design the homes of the future. Small businesses, designers and manufacturers were invited to come forward with ideas for new low carbon, age-friendly homes, meeting the highest standards of design. Bolsover District Council approached Rayner Davies to assist them in submitting an entry to the competition.

The Life Cycle House seeks to maximise the ease of adaptability within the home to suit varying modes of contemporary living, reducing the need to move house in a change of circumstances, lowering transient occupation and establishing a strong sense of community across a varied demographic. In doing so the design challenges the entrenched traditionalist ideal of what a home should look and behave like.

The design concept was to develop a flexible, interchangeable typology that can be either split up or combined over time. It Maximises ease of adaptability to suit varying modes of contemporary living, reducing the need to move house during the inhabitants’ life time.

Life Cycle House looks at creating a pre-fabricated CLT base volume which can be configured between 2 and 4 storeys, within which all internal walls are flexible around a core service pod and changeable exterior material palette.

Due to the flexibility of the volume it can be configured in a number of ways. There are three key scenarios around which the design has been developed:

A. Multi-generational family living B. Later-life accessibility C. Single/Couple occupancy

Not only does the variety in configuration allow flexibility within the mix and density, but more importantly it gives the ‘base volume’ a life-cycle in which its ability to be flexible responds to the ever-changing social dynamics experienced with our families and homes today. By providing this level of flexibility people can remain in the home they love, maintain their community and not feel the need to move due to inflexibility or poor space standards