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What makes a house a home? \

Hawkins\Brown have been debating this question for over 30 years and last week, we invited friends, colleagues and collaborators to join in the discussion.

On Thursday 18 July 2019, we hosted a party at Glass House One, Festival Square, to celebrate another successful year for Hawkins\Brown Studio North and our continued support of and involvement in Manchester International Festival. It was such a pleasure to be surrounded by so many great friends, colleagues, and collaborators - lots of familiar faces who have contributed to our success here in Manchester.

Our guests were treated to an evening of lively debate, excellent company and delicious food and drink.

The debate

The house: “a machine for living in” (Le Corbusier), or a place “to dream” (Gaston Bachelard)?

The panel delved into this rich and varied topic covering everything from co-living and the concept of community, to shifts in social demographics and changing lifestyles, to DfMA, buildability and volumetric housing, to what “home” means personally to each of the panellists. Some suggestions included: “my record collection”, “acoustic insulation (three children under the age of three!),” and “the freedom to DIY”.

The panel consisted of:

Seth Rutt Partner and Head of Residential, Hawkins\Brown
Gavin Taylor Regional General Manager, Far East Consortium International Limited (FEC)
Emily Crompton Senior Lecturer, Manchester School of Architecture
Nathan Cornish Group Board Director, Urban Splash
Chair: Suzanne Benson Partner and Head of Manchester Office, Trowers & Hamlins

Big thanks

Thank you so much to:

  • Our guests, friends old and new, so many of whom whose support has contributed directly to our success here in Manchester
  • Manchester International Festival for all of their support with our event, for our continued creative partnership and for consistently bringing innovative and forward-thinking new art to Greater Manchester – huge congratulations for another extraordinary Festival
  • Heathcote&Co. for the fantastic food, drink and hospitality
  • David Oates for capturing our evening with his brilliant photography

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