design competition

The Adaptable Futures group held an invited design competition for design practices in 2011 to design a non-domestic adaptable building that responded to the findings of the AF toolkit.


The competition was designed to challenge existing orthodoxies around adaptability while illustrating a degree of pragmatism and understanding towards implementation. The three winners (Ash Sakula, Buro Happold and Vandkunsten) were awarded a sum of money to develop their ideas further over a three month period and present them at the AF conference. Proposals were asked to clearly demonstrate how they respond to the existing AF framework, be developed to approximately RIBA stage B and illustrate how the proposed design concept could be applied to a refurbished building. They were asked to produce a single A0 board and a supplemental report.

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