Jo McCafferty wrote:

Home of the future

This project is our shortlisted entry into the AJ / Barratt Home of the Future contest, which was looking for a mass market design to push the boundaries of traditional construction. Working from the inside out and the outside in, we considered the different priorities of each customer group and how homes could be adapted for changing family needs.

A central dogleg stair is a key feature of all homes. It means that the full width of the plan is available for living space at the front and the back of the plan, avoiding narrow rooms and pinched hallways. It also makes it straightforward to add an extra floor (or part floor), so each house type comes as either a three storey option or with a usable attic – to get more space on the same footprint for relatively little extra cost. Our concept uses Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to produce layouts that are simple, flexible, efficient and practical; no space has been wasted. This approach would also save time and offer a higher quality, greener product by using volumetric pods. The concept shows how the layouts can be stacked, joined and integrated into cap parking to produce an endlessly flexible range of homes – now and in the future.