The architecture competition Welcome Home – Award to Innovation in Housing Design was conceived to promote innovation in housing design and to acknowledge the ideas that provide solutions for the ideal home for the 21st-century society. The aim of this competition is to reflect on the multi-dwelling unit while taking on the challenge of developing housing concepts that respond to today’s new social, economic, technological and environmental models.
This was a theory-based exercise of thought and proposal where the participants were not given a specific physical plot of land for the development of their proposals. Instead, one of the criteria particularly taken into account was the universal nature of the proposals. Similarly, it was important that proposals placed priority on the flexibility and adaptability of the home as primary features, to provide solutions for the different situations and circumstances of the occupants of the home throughout their life cycle.
A total of 237 projects took part in the competition. According to Miguel Montes, the Chairman of the Judges’ Panel and Chairman of Solvia, “The number and quality of the projects submitted perfectly reflect the interest generated by this competition. We are very pleased; we wanted to encourage innovation in housing design and construction. The response of the participating architects clearly shows that we took the right decision with this initiative and with our endeavour to promote thought on the real estate process in today’s milieu of constant change and the introduction of new uses and social models, driven by the advances in technology.” Here are a few figures of the participation:
The highest percentage of the projects came from Spain, and more specifically from Catalonia (40%), Madrid (20%), Valencia (12%) and Andalusia (7%). Nevertheless, entries were received from all the different regions of Spain. Projects were also submitted from Germany, Belgium, Italy and Poland; and a total of 24 projects were created by architects in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Of the 237 participating teams, 60% were teams led by professionals under age 40, and another 15 teams were helmed by architects over age 60.
Judges’ Panel and proceedings
The Judges’ Panel was made up of:
Chairman: Miguel Montes
Voting members: Miquel Molins, Ramon Rovira, Anne Lacaton, Josep Bohigas, Juan Herreros, Xavier Monteys and Zaida Muxí
Secretaries: Anna Vergès and Anna Guanter
By unanimous vote, the Judges’ Panel agreed to select a single winner and three honourable mentions. For further information, you may download the Judges’ Panel Proceedings here.
ARRABAL. A proposal created by Gonzalo Gutiérrez and Adrià Escolano. Collaborator: Lauren Boulay
EL CICLO HABITACIONAL. Marta Armengol, Ivet Gasol, Carlota de Gispert, Anna Llonch and Lucía Millet.
OUR HOUSE: IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET. A proposal created by Federico Ortiz and Lucía de Val.
SELLO SOLVIA. A proposal created by Alfonso Rengifo, Miguel Fernández-Galiano, Regina Valle and Laia Cervelló. Collaborators: Ignacio Conejero and Catalina Vázquez.
CONVIURE. A proposal created by NUAarquitectura: Maria Rius, Arnau Tiñena and Ferran Tiñena.
COSA. A proposal created by Antoni Gelabert, Gonzalo del Val, Alejandro Londoño and Blanca Juanes. Collaborator: Eduardo Rega.
ESPACIO INCIPIENTE. A proposal created by Jacobo Márquez and Irene Iglesias.
MODULE HOUSE. A proposal created by dataAE: Claudi Aguiló, Albert Domingo and Marina Rocarols.
PLUG-IN. A proposal created by A&E Bach Arquitectes: Anna Bach and Eugeni Bach.
The Book of the Competition
The results of the Competition were compiled in the book titled Solvia Innova. Premio a la Innovación en el diseño de la vivienda, a special publication that presents in detail the 9 finalist projects, as well as 24 other proposals that were selected among the 237 competing entries.
Solvia has given copies of this book to the libraries of schools, professional associations and centres directly related with the world of architecture and design.
A digital version of the book has also been prepared, as well as an expanded version that displays in detail the 24 selected projects. Both of these publications are available for consultation here