The Whole Life House

John Brennan (Designer), Julie Wilson (Designer)

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John Brennan and Julie Wilson. Whole Life House. Scotland's’ Housing Expo 2010. Built work for exhibition. 1-30 August 2010. An architectural design, exhibition piece and permanent built work. Its originality lies in a contemporary interpretation of rural and suburban housing form. It introduces the concept of soft flexibility as a design generator and makes explicit linkages to social and economic sustainability strategies in respect to housing design. The output's significance lies in the built realisation and validation of a theoretical proposition. It introduces for the first time adaptive strategies to the UK private housing sector. It was a key exhibit at Scotland's Housing Expo, an event showcasing contemporary and innovating housing design that attracted in excess of 30,000 visitors. The output's rigour is demonstrated through the design being subject to peer review in the open design competition for the Expo buildings. Additionally its innovation was recognised in winning the House of the Year Prize at the Scottish Design Awards in 2011. The work was featured in both the general and specialist press.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationInverness
PublisherScotland's Housing Expo
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010
EventScotland's Housing Expo - Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Aug 201031 Aug 2010


  • sustainable
  • flexible
  • housing
  • design

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