Our Housing Design Awards shortlist favourites

With the Housing Design Awards recently announcing their shortlist for this years awards, we decided to take a look through and share our personal favourites.

Launched in 1948, the Housing Design Awards are the only awards promoted by all five major professional institutions – RICS, RIBA, RTPI, Landscape Institute and CIAT.

ID Partnership Northern – Gresham, Middlesbrough

IDPartnership Northern’s design proposals aim to breathe new life into a brownfield site nearby Middlesbrough Town Centre and turn the site into a stunning sustainable community for residents.

The development area was formerly terraced housing which was demolished over ten years ago and was left in that position until now.

The concept for the design is based around the use of semi-private communal gardens. Residents still benefit from their own small private outdoor spaces, but are encouraged to utilise the communal area and create a sense of ownership. The houses surround the shared courtyard, offering neighbours the perfect environment to interact with each other and embrace the community atmosphere.

Mikhail Riches – Buckland Street, Hackney

Mikhail Riches won two consecutive competitions to design housing for Hackney Council’s Housing Supply Programme.

The two residential schemes, both in Hoxton, are the latest in a series of innovative projects generated by the council’s programme, which aims to build more than 400 homes on 11 infill sites.

This site on Buckland Street, will aim to provide 63 new homes for a mixture of tenures.Housing Design Awards Shortlist - Mikhail Riches

The site is in a pivotal location and provides the opportunity to reinforce the definition of the street edge, as well as facilitate greater permeability through the area for pedestrians. The scheme proposes three villas which sit together amongst the existing properties whilst maintaining overlooking distances.

Mikhail Riches explain that the square form of each villa has been developed to respond to the trees on the site with curved indentations. The smaller curved recesses offer the residents balconies with improved privacy, directed views and solar protection. The approach encourages the community to utilise currently unused green spaces by placing the villas within gardens.

Autor – Ealing Park Tavern

The Ealing Park Tavern is a prominent and locally-important public house located on a corner opposite Clayponds Gardens.

By redeveloping the site and adding sensitively-designed contemporary architecture, it is possible to bring the pub back into use for the local community and provide much-needed housing for the area.

Housing Design Awards Shortlist - Autor

Built in 1885, the pub has since become a combination of uninteresting additions, many of which do little to add to the character of the original tavern. Autor Architecture has therefore proposed clearing away the twentieth-century extensions and instead create a unified development by replicating the existing bays and gables – linking the pub and its adjoining stable building.

The nine new flats are spread out across the new and old building, with dual aspect orientations and generous areas above the GLA standards for London. Importantly, the pub garden will be retained as a key community asset and the residents will have their own private courtyard spaces.

Last year, we announced our own 25th Anniversary Awards and the individual category winners can be found here.