Architecture students at Sheffield University have won the Architects’ Journal Small Projects Award for a building they designed and built, using only waste materials.
The students’ Space of Waste project scooped the national prize, which is awarded to architectural projects under £250,000 and is open to any UK architect.
Working with the Bradford Environmental Action Trust, the students produced the innovative building within just six weeks using only surplus materials obtained from a web-based waste exchange run by the local charity. The building was then showcased at a prime location in the centre of Sheffield.
The creative architecture project, which aimed to raise awareness of diverting waste material from landfill, was carried out as part of the university’s Live Projects programme.
Sarah Hunt, one of the architecture students involved in the project, said: ‘The construction industry is one of the UK’s most wasteful. By taking an unconventional approach to the design process, we were forced to rethink the way in which materials can be used. Architects and designers have the potential to divert a lot of waste from landfill and create building and objects that are both beautiful and original.’