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Design Competition – design a home for your favourite fictional character

29 Jun 2020

The challenge was to design a home (and perhaps a garden) for a favourite fictional character reflecting the character and needs of the owner. So, for example, Winnie the Pooh may need plenty of storage space for his jars of honey whereas Harry Potter may need a bird house for his owl Hedwig in the garden – Elsa from Frozen could want a cold room with lots of ice sculptures and Moana might like to be near the ocean. Designs were judged not just on their artistic merit but on how imaginative the work is. At the Building Centre we encourage architects and developers to consider carefully what materials they use for their projects and the impact they are having on the environment, so children were encouraged children to think about the sustainability of their design too. 


Competition Winners

We are delighted to announce that Poppy is the winner of the 4-9 age category with her design of a home for Lotta and Sophia is the winner of the 10-14 age category with her design of a treehouse for Squirrel Nutkin. 

The runners up for the 4-9 category are Rosa and Aarvi, and for 10-14 Seth, Ria and Zara

You can view the winners, runners up, and all the fantastic and imaginative entries in the virtual gallery below. You can also download them all as a pdf from the bottom of this page.

The entries were judged by our panel - Ella Beech, Lucy Brownridge, Alisha Morenike Fisher and Stephanie Nebbia - chaired by Colin Tweedy. 

Prizes have been donated by the country’s leading supplier of fine art materials Winsor & Newton.










This is the Built Environment Trust’s 2020 Design Competition for Young People. It is kindly supported by Winsor & Newton.