Earlier this year, the Architecture Foundation collaborated with Shiva Ltd to launch the annual Antepavilion competition for the Hoxton Docks rooftop. The brief was to design a pavilion that addressed the housing crisis by exploring different ways of living in London, that could also be built within a month and for £25,000.
The winning design was by PUP Architects, who aimed to challenge existing housing policies. “While permitted development exists for large scale infrastructural roof installations, little challenge has been made for other viable and productive uses for rooftops. By subverting the form of the permitted and giving it a non-standard use, we hope to bring into question this order of priorities.” This very bold concept resulted into a micro dwelling shaped as an oversized roof air vent – ultimately creating a flexible pavilion with high quality internal spaces.