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24 Oct 2012

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Levitt Bernstein win HOME Competition

Levitt Bernstein have recently been announced as winners from over 400 entries of the open international HOME competition run by Building Trust International.

The winning proposal uses temporary ‘pop-up’ structures to occupy redundant garages on existing housing estates in east London. HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment) was designed by Georgie Revell and Sarah Jenkinson in collaboration with a homeless charity and training academy.

The intention is for the project to be delivered through an apprenticeship scheme with components manufactured off-site as a kit-of parts. The structures are quick to assemble and can be inhabited immediately with the components being demountable and reusable. The proposals not only offer a home but education opportunities in construction techniques, a way of regenerating street frontage and a practical interim solution between other development possibilities.

Architect Georgie Revell from Levitt Bernstein said “The proposal targets under-used spaces in high density areas where land value is high and rising. We believe it offers a creative and practical interim solution between other development opportunities and we’re really excited about the potential to develop the scheme with Building Trust and our partners.”

Sarah Jenkinson from Levitt Bernstein said: “We are delighted to have been selected and feel that this is a great opportunity to begin to deal with homelessness in an innovative and holistic manner. We are excited about developing our proposals into real solutions especially in our local borough where housing is an asset that can be so difficult to obtain.”

Judge Andy Redfearn, YMCA Director of Development said, “Levitt Bernstein provided a creative and cost effective solution to providing accommodation for single people in an urban setting. One was able to easily visualise the concept becoming a reality and I look forward to seeing the first people move in”

David Cole, founding partner of Building Trust International said, “We would like to thank all those who took part. The international range of entries received was fantastic and shed light on how differing cultures perceive single occupancy and its future impact on the growth of cities. We are very excited to be moving forward with the winning proposal and with the level of detail expressed in some of the other shortlisted designs we hope they also have a chance to be realised. The competition has been a great success and highlights the key role that architects and designers have in providing solutions to social housing problems occurring on their own doorsteps.”

The competition brief asked for proposals to focus on low cost, single occupancy housing solutions in urban areas to respond to the deficit of affordable housing options. The competition had over 400 entries for both the professional and student categories and the judging panel was chaired by Building Trust, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and Crash. Building Trust International launch their next humanitarian design competition on the 15th Oct focusing flood resistant housing in Cambodia.

HOME Competition 2012 – Background Information

About Levitt Bernstein
Levitt Bernstein has a range of skills that covers the design of the built environment from Urban Design to Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Levitt Bernstein combines a fresh and practical approach to design with a strong background in research and development. With extensive housing experience across all sectors and specialist in-house urban design and landscape skills, our “people-based” approach is central to the way in which we work and to the homes and places that we create.

About Building Trust International
Building Trust International is a non-profit organisation offering design assistance to communities and individuals in need. Building Trust International assesses areas in need, finds sustainable, economical aid solutions and ultimately provides buildings and infrastructure. These core actions have blossomed into advocating and educating on the principles of socially aware design, providing an accessible resource on humanitarian design projects and providing a structure for the crossover of information between design professionals. Building Trust International is a charity registered in England and Wales (1142338).

Building Trust International is a charity registered in England and Wales (1142338).

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