Iraq housing scheme handed to London firm

Assemblage Iraq

London-based firm Assemblage has won a United Nations architecture competition for the design of new housing in Iraq.

The competition is part of a larger programme by UN-HABITAT and the Iraq government to construct new housing across the country.

After beating entries from the Netherlands, France and the Middle East, Assemblage will now prepare its design for construction within the year.

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The masterplan provides a settlement for 3000 people with schools, markets, green spaces, playing fields and a health centre.

A network of fully-shaded pedestrian streets will protect inhabitants from the sun, while local labour and materials will be used for construction.

Assemblage has also been shortlisted in the international competition for the design of a new Iraqi parliament complex in Baghdad.

The site contains the remnants of a 50m half-built ‘super mosque’ by Saddam Hussein.

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