Dagenham architect wins international prize for homeless shelter

James Furzer's shelter for homless people

James Furzer's shelter for homless people - Credit: Archant

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

Architect student James Furzer

Architect student James Furzer - Credit: Archant

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.