Homes for Smart Ageing - the Story of the Universal Design Challenge

The winner of the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge was announced on 28th June 2017 by Mr Damien English T.D., Minister for Housing and Urban Development, during an award ceremony at Dublin Castle. The winner, who received €50,000, was The Abhaile Project.

The Abhaile Project developed an innovative new model to support older homeowners to reconfigure their family-sized homes by creating an independent living area suitable for the older homeowner, eliminating the need to use the stairs; and creating an affordable one‐bedroomed rental accommodation upstairs. Using a Universal Design approach, this promotes an efficient way to use our existing housing stock by carving much needed new one‐bedroomed rental capacity from existing housing stock in mature urban areas, allowing the homeowner to live securely and independently downstairs, whilst promoting interaction with the person living upstairs, thereby reducing isolation. The Abhaile Project team comprises: Michelle Moore, Founder: Dermot Bannon, Architect; Ciaran Ferrie, Architect.

Commended Entries on the night were:



Multi-Generational Adaptable Homes

UrbanAge - Housing/Urbanism Synergies for Smart Ageing

Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge 2017 - Booklet