Final Call for Architects to Enter Suburbia Design Competition

THE RIBA Journal is calling on architects to rethink the early 20th century typology of suburbia to design a one-off house which expresses the needs and aspirations of its occupants with a wide range of lintel features.

Inspired by suburbia, the RIBA journal has launched a competition, in conjunction with the UK’s largest steel lintel manufacturer, IG Lintels. ‘Spanning Suburbia’ invites architects to offer their on vision with a design for a 21st century suburban family villa.

The lucky winner will receive a cash prize of £2000. Three other commended entries will also win £500. All of the winning entries will be published in the September 2019 issue of the RIBA Journal.

The main construction material should be traditional brick or block, and the main structural support for its features should be the steel lintel. Each entry must incorporate at least three of the following features in their designs (entrants will be provided with weblinks to IG Lintels technical product information and technical telephone support will be available):

  • Gothic arch
  • Parabolic arch
  • Bullseye window
  • Apex arch
  • Segmental arch
  • Semi-circular arch
  • Sun lounge
  • Corner windows
  • Square bay windows
  • Splayed bay windows
  • Glazed apexes
  • Brick feature details

Using these lintels, entrants must create a home that meets the needs of its contemporary occupants; which can be minimalist or highly decorative; restrained or exuberant. Thermal comfort and efficiency must be a key consideration. Rooms may be functional but must include an abundance of natural light and decorative features.

The site
Entrants are at liberty to pick their suburban site, but evidence of it must also be submitted to the judging panel. The building will have to respond to the context you have decided on.

Judges will be looking for a winning design that is highly creative in its employment of a wide range of lintel features, and which joyfully expresses the needs or aspirations of its occupants. Designs should also be energy efficient, innovative or playful. The winner will be the design that best embodies the utility, contingency, personality and joy that the best suburban homes can manifest.

Entries must include the following and be laid out on no more than two A3 sheets, supplied electronically as PDFs:

  • Site plan and critical images of the chosen site
  • Plans of the villa, including north point
  • Elevations and a key section
  • Axonometric or 3D visualisation showing lintel construction methodology
  • Optional supplementary images considered helpful

An online entry form can be found here. The deadline for entry is 11:59 pm, 14 May 2019.



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