We have won an international open RIBA competition to design prototype housing.
The Infinite House is a set of contemporary housing prototypes designed to offer maximum flexibility, customisation and cost efficiency, and to maximise levels of natural light and the perception of space. The external envelope allows it to adapt to suit different contexts without appearing to be a repeated house type, while still maintaining the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of prototyping and serial fabrication.
The flexibility and robust design of the house and internal layouts means that The Infinite House prototypes can be used far into the future, as demographic and planning demands alter in ways we cannot anticipate at present.
Internally, the houses can accommodate multiple configurations to suit different demographics. Spaces can be separated or offer the open plan living that more consumers are demanding; and all the houses have been designed to enable easy expansion into the roof space.
Externally, the houses can respond to their context, changing densities, colours, cladding materials and even roof dormers, therefore allowing planning to be more easily gained, even in challenging locations. The Infinite House can alter appearance – chameleon-like – on different sites: stone, brick, render, stucco, timber, fibre cement, metal and ceramic panels can all be used. Careful selection of materials will enable the houses to fit in naturally anywhere from rural villages to dense urban areas, without impacting on the internal layouts and cost efficiencies of the design types. Special dormer shapes may be designed to be project specific, enabling owners to purchase them as an ‘extra’, and contributing to the variety of the streetscape. Customised colour palettes would offer another level of choice, with owners selecting colours for their waste and cycle store, garage and front doors.
CGIs: NJY Studio
RIBA Competition website: TW 2020