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2021 Davidson Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the inaugural Davidson Prize sees 18 architect-led teams respond to the impact of Covid-19 on how we live and work

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The Live, the Work and the Wardrobe by Graeme Nicholls Architects & Secchi Smith

The prize set up in honour of the late architect and visualiser Alan Davidson, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2012. He set up the Alan Davidson Foundation to help those living with the condition from which he died from in 2018, but also to support architecture initiatives. The Davidson Prize fulfils his wish to support an annual ideas competition centred on the design of the home.

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Studioshaw and Finn Thomson: To Work on Common Ground

This year’s theme Home/Work – A New Future invited proposals on how Covid-19 has changed how we work and live, rethinking the home as a place of work and the workplace for more flexible patterns of work. The 18 shortlisted projects were selected from 55 entries by judges Alison Brooks, Thomas Heatherwick, Michelle Ogundehlin, Sonia Solicari and Narinder Sagoo.

“The universality of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the subject matter of the Prize: ‘Home/Work – A New Future’ was something we all experienced over the past year. As a result, submissions were, in a lot of cases, more autobiographical than what these designers and thinkers might have produced under ‘the old normal’,” says judge Alison Brooks. “The shortlisted entries cover a spectrum of solutions, from adapting the home, to rethinking how we inhabit our streets, to digital tools.”

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Work Outside by Tonkin Liu

Shortlisted projects range in scale from the domestic to urbanism. Among them are ideas that tackle issues like social isolation and wellbeing, propose hyper-local living, and question who should foot the bill of working from home.

A concept by Glasgow-based practice Graeme Nicholls Architects and London visualisation studio Secchi Smith titled The Live, the Work and the Wardrobe sees the communal hallway of an apartment building transformed by a built in wardrobe. Tables and seats fold out of the cabinetry to offer spaces to work or socialise, and pack away into the wardrobe when not in use.

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HomeForest by HomeForest

Another shortlisted idea by London studio Elli Farrant Architects called the 20-Minute Commute proposes de-centralising the city by using multifunctional buildings to create self-contained neighbourhoods.

Three finalists will now be awarded £5,000 to develop their ideas and an overall winner of the 2021 Davidson Prize selected in June will be receive £10,000.

See the full shortlist:

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The Module by Mole + Darc Studio

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Com-View-Nism by New Normal

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Tea Time by O’Donnell Brown

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OutsideIn by OutsideIn

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The AntiPODy by Origin 3 Studio

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The Work/Home Ecosystem by REMI·C·T Studio

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Camera Lucida by Playhouse

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Part N by Soffit Collective

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A Stitch in Time by Team Wobble

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Two-Door City by Workhome

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A Framework for Local Growth by Ukuaji

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Onni by Cousins & Cousins x Ekkist

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20-Minute Commute by Elli Farrant Architects

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Shifting Perspectives by Threefold + The Liminal Space

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