Students design home for the 21st century

Students design home for the 21st century

Date: Tuesday 2 July 2019

News Students design home for the 21st century

Winning Design to Become Reality

On Friday 28 June, the Manufacturing Technology Centre hosted the finals of the MOBIE & Construction Innovation Hub Student Design Challenge 2019, at which students were set the task of designing a home for the 21st Century.

The challenge invited students to design the ultimate 21st century house taking into consideration technology, affordability, size, space, family growth, sustainability, comfort, individuality and aesthetics. The young designers were asked to imagine what sort of technologies, size and space will be needed to cater for the needs of not only current generation, but generations to come, as ever-changing working patterns and lifestyles transform the way we live our lives.

Students from Dudley College, Architectural Association, Harlow College, Oxted School and Whitby High School presented their designs to the panel of judges, made up of representatives from MOBIE, the Construction Innovation Hub and industry.

The winning designs, announced by MOBIE founder and renowned architect George Clarke, and the Construction Innovation Hub’s programme director, Keith Waller, will become reality as key elements will be built to scale in the form of a ‘film set’ by professional engineers at the Construction Innovation Hub. The film set will be formally unveiled at UK Construction Week in October.

The film set will, in addition, showcase cutting edge manufacturing technologies and digital ways of working which are central to the work of the construction Innovation Hub. With £72 million from UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Hub aims to be a catalyst to transform the construction sector, changing the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within our built environment.

The winners were:

  • 14-16 Category: Whitby High School
  • 16-18 Category: Dudley College
  • 18+ Category (including FE and HE): Architectural Association
  • Overall Winners: Dudley College.

George Clarke said:

"The traditional housebuilding industry needs to modernise. We must design and build differently, produce affordable homes, manufacture them quickly, sustainably and efficiently using modern methods of construction that are both environmentally responsible and meet the needs of a 21st century family home. The 2019 Student Design Challenge asked the designers of the future to provide housebuilders with some answers and direction. As always, the amazing creativity and vision of young people did not let us down and we have been wowed by the originality and quality of their submissions."

He added,

"Throughout our age categories, 14 years to adult, we've been treated to some brilliant, creative visions of the future family home, embracing technologies and lifestyles that are both realistic and foreseeable."
One of the winning designs from Whitby High School.


Architectural Association - Student Design Challenge Poster

Dudley College - Student Design Challenge Poster

Harlow College - Student Design Challenge Poster

Oxted School - Student Design Challenge Poster

Whitby High School - Student Design Challenge Poster

The MTC is an unparalleled environment for a young engineer wishing to break into the industry. The work that we are doing here today will shape the manufacturing industry for years to come. To be part of that is not only exciting but a real privilege.
Dr Clive Hickman
Chief Executive, MTC