We are pleased to announce that Dartmouth Park House is in the RIBA’s selection of finalists for the 2018 Stephen Lawrence Prize awarded to the best new project in the UK with a construction cost of under £1 million. The building is also a contender for this year’s RIBA House of the Year Award and has already received a RIBA London Regional Award. The design challenges and reinvents the Victorian house with brave spatial moves that carve the building and with intimately crafted insertions that entirely transform it. In 2013 AY Architects were Winner of the Stephen Lawrence Prize with Montpelier Community Nursery. The winner of this year’s Stephen Lawrence Prize will be revealed at the RIBA’s Stirling Prize awards ceremony on 10 October.
Dartmouth Park House is Winner of a RIBA London Award. The RIBA Awards are regarded ‘as the most valued architecture awards’ in the UK, reflecting an unrivalled ‘commitment to designing buildings for the improvement and enhancement of people’s lives’. The jury which visited the building praised it as ‘a very successful reinvention of the Victorian house’ and an ‘unusual and exotic home’ reflecting the clients’ personal interests. Beginning as a modest conversion of an over-developed terraced house, the project became an ambitious redevelopment of the entire building, including a courtyard, a 3-floor void with a theatrical staircase, and a sense of warmth and continuity achieved by using crafted timber elements throughout interior and exterior spaces. For the jury’s full commentary after visiting the building, please visit this RIBA link.
The Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science and Technology Lab is nearly completed. We are looking forward to seeing the building as a fully inhabited learning environment, used and enjoyed by the school’s community.
We will contribute to an international architecture seminar in Rome, examining research connections between Italian and British architectural design, history and theory. The event is organised by the Bartlett, UCL, and the Roma Tre University, directed by Peg Rawes and Alessandro Totti, and with presenters including Francesco Careri, Pippo Ciorra, Jonathan Hill, ATIsuffix, Studio Superfluo, 2A+P/A among others. Details: ‘Speculative Architectural Materialisms’: a one-day seminar from 10.00-17.30, 26 April 2018, at Palazzo Argiletum, Facoltà di Architettura, Università ROMA TRE, Rome.
The Dartmouth Park House has been shortlisted for a RIBA Award. These awards are ‘regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture and architects’. Throughout April all shortlisted schemes will be visited by a jury and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the RIBA on 15 May.
Forthcoming Lecture for the Cyprus Architects Association by Yeoryia Manolopoulou, AY Architects, titled ‘Evolving’: Wednesday 28 March, 7pm, Cultural Centre ETEK, Nicosia.
Yeoryia and Anthony are invited by the Architectural Association of Ireland to give a lecture at Trinity College Dublin as part of AAI’s public lecture series next week: 7.15pm, 8 March 2018, JM Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College dublin. For more information please visit this link.
Completion of fabrication of patterned glass reinforced concrete [GRC] panels for Camden School for Girls main building extension. The panels will extend across the whole length of the extension, giving the school entrance, main gallery and staff spaces a distinct presence.
A view of our timber building for the Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab in Camden as it progresses on site with the triangulations of the roof taking shape. Lifting half of the roof segments up aims to bring good daylight in the interior, enhancing the classroom environment. The additional height will give good spatial proportion and generous room for science and technology experiments.
AY Architects have been shortlisted for the final phase of the Lansdowne Club Courtyard Design Competition. The building in Berkeley Square originated as Lord Bute’s residence in 1761, designed by Robert Adam, but has undergone several and significant changes since then. Few of the original rooms have remained untouched. Adam’s First Drawing Room and Great Eating Room are now displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum respectively while a number of diverse in character rooms and features remain in the building and create an eclectic atmosphere. The new scheme will include a retractable roof above the courtyard in the heart of the The Lansdowne Club and support the necessary operations for indoor/outdoor dining across all seasons. The successful design will aim to ‘deliver an elegant and delightful structure that will become a destination in itself’. Final competition results will be announced in December 2017.