Dagenham architect wins international prize for homeless shelter

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:46 15 July 2015

James Furzer's shelter for homless people

James Furzer's shelter for homless people


A talented architecture student has won his second international design competition by creating a shelter for homeless people.

Architect student James FurzerArchitect student James Furzer

James Furzer, 25, of Hardie Road, Dagenham claimed the top prize of the Space for new Visions competition organised by Farko, a global manufacturer of roof windows and loft ladders.

Featuring entrants from as far-flung as Belarus, Thailand, United States and Mexico, his pioneering “sleeping pods” – giving those sleeping rough a shelter off the ground – greatly impressed the judges.

“It’s nice to be recognised,” he said.“I only entered for publicity purposes because there’s such a fine line between just being another general architect and one that pushes the boundaries so I want to get my name out there as much as possible.”

Last year he won a conservatory of the future competition.

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