On Friday, Maggie and Ali from TeenTech were joined by Jessica Jackson from Atikins and Jonathan Davis from Accenture who gave the pupils feedback on the buildings they’d created during the week as part of our TeenTech City of Tomorrow at Home programme.

Our first building came from Reeya (aged 10 from Leicester) who designed the Dream House, a residential building.

The technology in the house makes it special. It includes apps that control various aspects of the house, it has solar panels to save energy, and it has an exercise machine that power kettles and blender as you exercise.


Maggie loved the idea of using your own energy to power your devices, it would keep people fit and healthy. Jess agreed with this, adding that it would make people more conscious and aware of how much electricity they use and Reeya’s ideas might make people greener over time. Jonny loved how the project combined tackling energy problems with physical wellbeing. Jonny knows somebody that works at the National Grid and they have to plan for advert breaks during major sporting events in order to provide enough energy with people switching on their kettles!

Our second building came from Erin (aged 10 from Southport).

My building is called CAYPC (Child and Young Peoples Centre). It is a multi- purpose building. My building is where young people get together and discuss what concerns them in the world. This could be about climate change, deforestation or something else. It helps to relieve stress by people speaking out and saying what they think needs to be done in the world. It also gives the opportunity to discuss and address local issues.


Maggie loved this idea, as young people have such great ideas and different points of view than older people and they should be listened to more. Jess loved the idea of bringing people together whilst Jonny thought the building really stood out with its fun and unique design and was a very noble idea.

Niall (aged 10 from London) dreamt up The Block.

It is eco-friendly. It has a large rainwater collector on the roof that waters the working gardens below and it has a whole level of gardens to grow vegetables (so you don’t need to go to the shops) and to relax in. It has lots of solar power collectors to power communal vehicles and general use around the building. It has an outdoor garden with trees that reduce air pollution. It uses smart-tech in the blinds if it gets too hot.


Maggie loved Niall’s mixed-use building and thought there was a great use of space, especially with the garden on the roof. Jess really liked the irrigation system to water the plants and enjoyed Niall’s ideas around sustainability. Jonny agreed with this, and felt it was really impressive how Niall has incorporated so much sustainability in one building. The use of smart technology will capture really useful data which could help drive energy conservation going forwards. For example, the building could monitor energy usage during certain times of the year, saving energy and money.

Eleanor (aged 11 from Southport) created Hartley Green, a space focussed on wellbeing.

The waterfalls look like a peaceful place, but they also serve the purpose of providing the allotments with irrigation and purifying the water for the rehydration stations and the swimming pools.


Maggie loved the design behind this building, and thought that including an exercise pool was a lovely idea to help with physical and mental wellbeing. Jess loved Eleanor’s ideas around maximising green space whilst Jonny really appreciated Eleanor’s ideas around smart technology and how she used to to improve not just functionality, but the security of her space.

Edan (aged 13 from London) created The Everest Rescue, the first ever building constructed in a bath tub!

This building would be built in response to a massive flood caused by global warming. Three floors are below water and can be accessed by submarine. There is also an entrance on the fourth floor and accessed by boat and one on the roof, accessed from the air.


Maggie loved the creativity behind this building, and thought Edan’s ideas were very commendable, and felt Edan had put a lot of thought into this project, designing to handle potential natural disasters! Jess felt the same ideas could be applied to places near tsunamis too, and really enjoyed Edan’s use of vehicles such as submarines and thought that Edan’s idea of having the building run on hydro power was a fantastic idea, as was having the building rotate towards the sun to maximise the solar power. Jonny agreed, and noted that exploring other use of space in the future is really important to tackle the problems of overcrowding. He also felt this was a really innovative project.

Lulu and Jasmine (aged 12 and 13 from Southport) worked together on the Eco Shelter.

The building has insulated material for the walls, so less electricity is needed for heating. It has a rainwater filtration system to water plants in the garden and provides some water for the people in the shelter. The garden grows fresh fruit and vegetables to feed the homeless healthily. Inside, there is a kitchen and dining room for the homeless to eat meals. There is a living room so people can relax and have fun together. It also has a few beds so some people can stay the night if they need. There is also a small cupboard for storing supplies such as toiletries and long-life food.

Lulu and Jasmine

Maggie felt this building really tackled a growing problem all over the world where people don’t have anywhere to call home and feel safe. She thought that both girls were really sophisticated with their thinking, providing access to food and a bed within an eco-friendly setting. Jess thought this building showed a great use of knowledge, and suggested the girls looked at EDAROTH, which uses under-utilised land and modern methods of construction to deliver high-quality social and affordable housing. She thought they would love to hear about Lulu and Jasmine’s project. Jonny mentioned that councillors have been struggling to cope with homelessness and felt that this project was really inspiring. He also said thought the model was great, and a really good demonstration of modelling and prototyping.

Elliott (aged 9 from Cambridgeshire) created a really cool take on a cabin for the future.

Elliott’s building would bring a slice of the countryside to any city! So you could have an inner-city forest or mountain range!

Around the outside of the cabin there is a special paint that can do the ability of the element’s for instance it can be a leaf so it can collect sunlight then it releases it creating energy. Then there’s rock mode which absorbs heat during the day then lets it go during the night creating air-conditioning.


Maggie loved the idea of having a slice of the wilderness in our cities and felt that Elliott’s building was a definite statement building! Jess agreed and also loved the uses of collecting and using energy. Jonny talked a little about wireless charging, which companies are trying to develop, and how Elliott’s ideas were cutting edge and future-leaning. Jonny also talked about how it can be difficult to get out of the city and into the wilderness, so this building would be wonderful for city-dwellers to feel closer to nature.

Keira (aged 11 from Southport) built The Dementia Village.

It’s designed to help elderly people stay safe where they can still go to the shops and do everyday things. It has a solar panel to work the waterfall.


Ali really liked the idea of having a self-contained space where those with dementia can stay safe whilst retaining a sense of independence. Maggie felt this was a very thoughtful idea, helping those with dementia feel safe and comfortable. Jess thought Kiera’s ideas were ingenious and would like to help Keira develop the idea further to make it a reality! Jonny agreed that the project was a great idea having somewhere custom built and would be helpful for carers and relatives knowing that they are safe.

Nathan (aged 11 from Cambridgeshire) created the Bio House, a house you can grow from a seed!

I took inspiration from Bio Engineers who are now working on modifying stem cells and growing human organs. I thought that if they could do that, that why not in the future they could grow a house.

My idea is that you buy a house seed. Put it where you want to build, activate it and in about a week it will grow a house. The house starts with a few cells. When activated they duplicate rapidly but they contain the programming to reproduce a house.


Maggie explained that every so often a project comes along that stops you in your tracks, and this was one of those projects. It is really innovative and creative and she encouraged Nathan to keep thinking big! All the experts loved the idea of having a living house which uses energy from the organic building. Jess loved this project, and mentioned that the DNA could be altered in order to grow whatever building the customer desires. Jonny really loved that the building would eventually biodegrade at the end of life so there was no need to demolish buildings if this idea became a reality! He felt DNA tech could be the future of building!

Rose (aged 11 from Bristol) created the House of Benefits.

It has a heating and cooling system where it takes in air, removes all nasty bacteria and sends the clean air through the walls (and the dirty air out of a vent on the side of the house) and into the room to heat or cool the house. It is powered by the air passing thought the filters but needs some electricity to get it started. The swimming pool does the same thing where it takes the water, removes all nasty bacteria and pushes it back into the pool.


Maggie thought that Rose’s ideas around having a self-regulating building were really neat. Whilst we’re all self-isolating, it’s even more noticeable when your living and workspace is too cold, too warm ,and unventilated, so thinking about how your building suits everyone is so thoughtful. Jess felt that Rose’s ideas would make her home really welcoming. Jonny agreed, and also loved Rose’s thinking about all the different ways her building would function to provide heating and water in a kind and eco-friendly way.

Our final building this week came from Sofia (aged 12 from London).

Villa Sofía is a residential property with intelligent technology and lots of green space taking advantage of slope of the building.

It has a pool at the top (very well isolated to avoid leaks), which would also be helpful in case of any fire. The pool can also use the water for the plants. There are sprinklers on the outside walls and they can also be used to cool down the building on very hot days.

The plants on the south side provide oxygen and are not only decorative. Also lettuce, carrots, tomatoes and other vegetables can be grown here for consumption.


Maggie (along with thinking this building had a great name) really liked the interesting shape of the building and how Sofia had used the ramp to grow plants. As well as being useful, and a good use of positioning, it also features a design that creates an impact which people would love to see in the city. Jess explained how the pool water could be filtered and treated in order to water the plants, and felt the overall design makes the building feel like a holiday experience. Jonny loved the idea of having a view from the rooftop pool and thought that Sofia’s use of water for different things was really smart, and sensors and data could help make it as eco-friendly as possible.

All our experts were so impressed by the creativity our pupils demonstrated throughout the week, and we had some very well presented ideas with video-pitches sent in for us to play!

If you would like to join our City of Tomorrow at Home programme, you can register at http://athome.teentechcity.com.