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The +Home scheme proposes community-led self-build homes that people can design themselves. Simple to build with affordable frames and components, the homes would be climate friendly and recyclable at the end of their use.

+Home is joint winner of the Home of 2030 competition.

More than a house type, +Home

  • helps communities to build green, walkable, vibrant neighbourhoods themselves, bypassing traditional housebuilders.
  • proposes community-led and self-build homes that people can design themselves.
  • creates homes are simple to build, with flexible, affordable frames and components, and are climate friendly to build and run.
  • innovatively addresses the climate and nature emergencies by being planet positive with zero up-front and in-use carbon and re-wilding of urban neighbourhoods.


Working with Sunderland City Council, we now plan to build the winning +Home, and all five shortlisted schemes at the month-long Future Living Expo in Sunderland in 2023. The home will be built in its entirety, along with the other five finalists’ entries, so visitors will have the unique opportunity to touch, feel and experience first-hand the winning vision for the future of housing.

The Sunderland Expo 2023 will promote advanced, low carbon, smart homes that enhance nature and promote wellbeing and community. It promises an innovative programme of activity centred on the new housing being delivered by Sunderland City Council and igloo in the centre of the city as part of the flagship Riverside Sunderland masterplan.

“To meet national carbon targets we need to be building new homes today that go beyond net zero. In the +Home of 2030 residents become energy generators. And it’s not just operational energy that we have tackled. Our manufacturing method is founded on circular economy principles to minimise embedded upfront and lifecycle impacts. We are looking forwarded to demonstrating how +Home can be delivered at scale.”

Senior Director Judith Sykes


igloo Regeneration
Mawson Kerr
Landsmith Associates
Elliott Wood
Useful Projects
Useful Simple Trust


Judith Sykes
Alessandro Maccioni
Andrew Komarnycky
Andrew Weir
Carrie Behar
Daniel Raymond
James Parker
Sapna Halai

Client: UK Government

Architect: igloo regeneration

Status: further development


Images courtesy of igloo

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