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Fresh ideas for accessible housing from European design competition winners

Results of the European Federation for Living (EFL) design competition for student architects announced at Helsinki conference

Architecture student, Samu Pitkänen from Tampere University of Technology in Finland has won the inaugural EFL accessible housing design competition taking away the €5000 first prize.

Samu’s entry design, entitled Responsibility Brings Purpose, was chosen by an expert panel of judges with entries from across Europe. The jury declared his project ‘visionary and ahead of its time’.

EFL members including Habinteg and Circle Housing in the UK and the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) ran the design competition to seek innovative ideas for accessible housing. Architecture students from across Europe were invited to submit practical and creative designs for a new generation of accessible homes that could help older and disabled people live more independently. By 2060, over half of the European population will be over retirement age, so this important topic was the key theme of the Helsinki conference.

Sampo Vallius, Chairman of the EFL/ARA Jury said:

“To me this competition demonstrated the power of international collaboration and also a major success in terms of the results.

“Entries were of extremely high quality and they were filled with new ideas. The winning entries are innovative and excellent proposals to solve the challenges of future housing.

The building industry needs top experts in the future and for an architecture graduate, accessibility in design should be a self-evident part of planning from now on.”

Students of Tampere University in Finland dominated the prizes. Tampere University of Technology’s school of architecture took the opportunity to include the competition in their course schedule and motivated students to take part in exploring accessible design.

Second prize was given to Darina Bunak for her entry - School of Life - and third prize to Elina Aho-Kemppainen for her entry - Pulse.

Honourable mentions were received by the degree students and exchange students of Tampere University of technology. They were given to Antti Tuure for his entry Garden Bridge, Miro Saloranta for his entry Patchwork Forest, Petra Moravcová’s entry Pocket Neighbourhood and Ananda Frigiére’s entry Kulma. Petra Moravcová’s home university is Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic and Ananda Frigiére’s is Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Saint-Etienne in France.

EFL has published the jury report and a book of the designs submitted. You can see this publication here:

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