Wave goodbye to the much-maligned 1970s prefab and say hello to the ready-made house of the future. We have a shortlist of three factory-built homes: help us choose the best one and you could win one of four £100 vouchers to spend with homeware retailer Habitat.
This year’s category for the readers’ choice prize at The Sunday Times British Homes Awards focuses on houses that are built off-site, then assembled on location. These projects — often referred to as modular homes — are what the government hopes will be a Brexit-proof solution to Britain’s housing crisis, providing affordable homes at speed and scale, with a fraction of the labour costs.
However, we believe the answers to our housing woes are about quality as much as they are about quantity. That’s why we’ve whittled the entries down to the following outstanding projects from three architecture firms. Now we need your help in choosing a winner to be crowned at the ceremony in London on September 19.
- “Start small, think big” is the motto of London-based Buildeco, the firm behind the Elastic House and Flat, alongside Turkish architects Codo. Built to minimum Passivhaus standards, the name is a nod to the flexible layouts within.
- They may be made off-site, but r-Homes are rooted in family and nature. Designed by London-based Gbolade Design Studio, these houses have a timber core and glowing eco-credentials.
- For a home that’s designed to cope with multigenerational living, East Midlands developer TopHat has created A Family of Four — building blocks that can be combined to create mixed, green, affordable communities.
Find more details and images of the shortlisted projects online, and vote to be entered into a draw for one of four voucher codes to spend at habitat.co.uk.