Winners announced

It is with great pleasure that we name the following firms as the four winners of the WAN Urban Challenge: London Housing Competition 2017 - Congratulations!

Airspace Development by Apex Airspace Development
KODA by Kodasema
Microliving by Ab Rogers Design and The Manser Practice
Urban Rug by syntax architektur

FLEXIRESI by Astudio Ltd received a Commendation

A truly international competition with participants from over 18 countries, the WAN Urban Challenge called for firms who could bring innovation and fresh ideas to London’s specific housing crisis. The judges used their experience in the sector to assess the projects on a number of factors including; originality, innovation, form, function, sustainability and context. Entrants were advised to pay particular attention to originality and if the design or idea was new to London. Transferability and how the design or concept might be applied to London or rolled out to other world cities was also of importance. Evidence and/or case studies of specific examples showing how the design has pushed the boundaries and furthered the challenge of delivering volume housing without loss of quality.

Click on the below to hear some of the judges comments (in order of speaking we have Andrew Best, Peter Murray and Martha Thorne).

Working with the Mayor’s office, the four winners will now join the Task Force, a team of experts and members of London’s Boroughs to deliver a manifesto to the Mayor of London. The day’s findings will then be presented and debated at an evening Symposium on Tuesday 12 September at The Building Centre in partnership with New London Architecture.

Congratulations to the four winners!

syntax architektur certificate presentation Koda certificate presentation Apex Airspace certificate presentation The Manser Practice certificate presentation

Images: London's Deputy Mayor for Housing James Murray presents certificates to the four winners (from left to right) Michael Barth, syntax architektur; Ülar Mark, Kodasema; Val Bagnall, Apex Airspace Development; Ab Rogers, Ab Rogers Design and Guy Barlow, The Manser Practice