The Sunday Times British Homes Awards challenge you to reinvent the terrace in a new genre, fit for our time. We love our streets of Georgian and Victorian terraces, but progress seems to have stopped: too many new-builds are identikit boxes. With housebuilding at a 10-year high, it’s all the more important to find a new prototype for the most prevalent — and most popular — house type in Britain.
In this single-stage, open competition, we invite architects to submit designs for a terraced house type in a visionary new vernacular for the 21st-century. Whether its style references the past or is uncompromisingly of the present, it must have the qualities that make the Georgian crescents of Bath or the Nash terraces of Regent’s Park still so treasured.
It should be a home that can be built at the high densities and reasonable costs we need to end our housing crisis. A home can grow with us through every life stage, as more of us work from home or juggle children and grandparents under one roof. And a home that we’d like to live in, as we aspire to a combination of light-filled, open-plan spaces and sanctuaries to retreat to.
But most importantly, it should be a home that we’d like to look at. Its exterior should be carefully detailed with a strong sense of place — not just to win over any nimby neighbours today, but to leave a visual legacy that our children’s children will love in centuries to come.