For its inaugural year, the theme of the 2021 Davidson Prize was 'Home/Work – A New Future', which was prompted by the need to reassess how we want to live post-pandemic, with many people saying they would like to work from home more often. The prize for thought-provoking ideas around the design 
of the home was awarded in June 2021.

Charles Eames in the studio, circa 1951-52. Photo credit - Eames Foundation



In June 2021, The Davidson Prize announced HomeForest as the winner of the £10,000 prize. The judges selected HomeForest as an exemplar of how technology can be used in a positive way, particularly for those who don’t have access to outside space during a pandemic. The judges particularly noted the highly multidisciplinary nature of the HomeForest collaboration, and the fact that it offers a tangible solution with potential for universal roll out.

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Cousins & Cousins x Ekkist

A vertically retractable office environment designed to promote a happy working home.

The Module
Mole + Darc Studio

A lightweight and demountable modular workspace structure with a simple, repeatable section that can be arranged in multiple ways.

New Normal

A flat-pack format window pod workspace that encourages the consumer to connect with their neighbourhood.


A digital and physical solution to the psychological challenges of home working, harnessing principles of biophilia.

Camera Lucida

An Open Source Patent for recreating the qualities of exterior space inside the home.

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

A proposal that takes its narrative inspiration from the C S Lewis children’s novel where a wardrobe acts as a threshold between different worlds.

The Work / Home Ecosystem
REMI·C·T Studio

Purpose-built flats that create a mixed-use community integrating sponsored workspaces.

Will King + Hari Kumar

Well-proportioned, flexible space that can be subdivided for work during the day and released back into domestic use in the evening.

To Work On Common Ground
Studioshaw and Finn Thomson

A new workspace typology and legislation to tackle social and spatial inequalities arising from remote working.

A Framework for Local Growth
Ukuaji / Studio 8FOLD

Reconfiguring the connective tissue that borders dwellings and unites their inhabitants into communities.

20-Minute Commute
Elli Farrant Architects

Local workplaces for working close to home when needed, maintaining much needed separation between home and office.

The AntiPODy
Origin 3 Studio

Autonomous work pods replace parked cars in streets, enabling the separation of home and work.

Tea Time

Collectively built plug-in annexes to the home that provide space to let off steam and gain new perspective over a cup of tea.

Part N
Soffit Collective

A nature-first approach to revolutionising planning regulations, informed by the pandemic experience.

Shifting Perspectives
Threefold + The Liminal Space

Sensorially stimulating community spaces for work and interaction that lie between the net internal area of a dwelling and the gross internal area of a development.

Two-Door City

Championing the potential that having two doors unlocks – for workers, for families and co-dwellers, for the neighbourhood and for the city.

A Stitch in Time
Team Wobble

A modern village with the convenience of a city, interconnecting offices, professional services, vertical farms, carpooling and a range of residential units.

Work Outside
Tonkin Liu

A road map towards hyperlocal recovery that encourages people to reconnect with neighbourhoods and neighbours.


Alison Brooks Principal and Creative Director Alison Brooks Architects
Thomas Heatherwick Founder Heatherwick Studio
Michelle Ogundehin Author, TV Presenter and Journalist michelleogundehin.com
Narinder Sagoo Senior Partner - Art Director Foster + Partners
Sonia Solicari Director Museum of the Home