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Posted: 29/06/15

Budding architects design homes for future

Construction students at West Nottinghamshire College have been forecasting the future of house building – 65 years ahead in time.

  • Martyn Pask from Radleigh Homes chose Billy-Kane Martin's underwater design for the house of the future
  • The whole class submitted futuristic house designs for Martyn to see

Students on the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment have stepped up to the challenge to design a family house for the year 2080, suitable for a growing family of four.

On Thursday (25 June) they presented their designs to a design and technical manager of a housing construction company.

Over a four-week period they were tasked to create a mood board of ideas, produce design sketches and proposals and illustrate key features of their building.

Tutor Lynsey Hanson said: “The main aim of this project was to get our students thinking like architects as a lot of the class have expressed an interest in this kind of career.

“They’ve worked very creatively and have come up with some innovative and intriguing designs which will prove to be great portfolio pieces for when they apply for university.”

Seventeen-year-old student Billy-Kane Martin came first presented his design and proposal to Martyn Pask, design and technical manager at Radleigh homes. Billy-Kane’s house was designed to be underwater and made of glass.

He said: “My design focused on how the world is becoming over-populated and us not being able to use land for homes, so my idea is constructed underwater. It would be just under the surface of the water so it can be connected to the sun for heat and light. It would be made of ‘wonderglass’ to withstand the ocean’s force.”