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.
We are excited to see construction of three of our buildings currently progressing on site for two exemplary schools in Camden. From the top: Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab; Camden School for Girls 6th Form Building; and Camden School for Girls Main Building.
We are delighted that Montpelier Community Nursery opens its doors to the public on Sunday 17 September, 1-5pm, as part of Open House London 2017. Yeoryia and Anthony will host visitors and talk about how the project was initiated, funded and built. Montpelier Community Nursery has won a RIBA National Award and the Stephen Lawrence Prize, and it was also mid-listed for the Stirling Prize in 2013. For more information and travel advice please visit the Open House London page here.
Currently Recruiting: We are looking for a Part II architectural assistant with a minimum of two years of experience or for a recently qualified architect. We will be delighted to hear from committed, skilled and experienced applicants. Hard copy applications, sent by post, are preferred. AY Architects is an equal opportunities employer.
We are delighted to be participating in this year’s London Festival of Architecture through a group exhibition at the Clerkenwell Gallery. Out exhibit ‘Ministry of Transport’ displays a large personal photographic collection of burnt out vehicles found in the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets between 1999 and 2002. The setting within which the vehicles are photographed describes East London at a particular time, when it was in its early phases of gentrification, while the violent act of burning evokes associations with contested and tragic incidents in the capital and other parts of the world today. Opening Hours: 12.00 – 17.30, Tue 27 June – Sun 2 July.
Yeoryia is invited to lead an international design studio at the School of Design, University of Quebec in Montreal, as part of its Design International week between 6-13 May. Guest studio leaders come from a range of practices and are asked to expose students to different ways of thinking about design at the scale of the object, building and the city. Yeoryia will lead her studio under the title Lattice and explore drawing as and through construction. The week will start with a series of public lectures in which Yeoryia will present the work of AY Architects.
We are delighted to be giving two further lectures this month at University College Cork and the University of Lincoln. The first one will trace selected works by AY Architects with a focus on the passage from drawing to construction and drawing again; the second will discuss critical design.
Two forthcoming talks by Yeoryia with Niall McLaughlin about their recent collaboration that explores dementia, architecture and drawing, particularly through the contrast between the architect’s intention for a building and its subsequent inhabitation. Losing Myself represented Ireland at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Held on 27 February, 4.00-7.00pm at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture as part of the Bartlett Research Exchange: Health, Wellbeing and the Built Environment event; and on 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm at the Wellcome Trust, London.
We are excited that two further school buildings go on site this month. We have worked closely with Camden School for Girls to design two two-story building extensions in order to add vital space to its existing facilities. The first intervention will extend the Main Building to develop a new entrance and foyer area, a larger dinning hall and a more spacious staff area. The second will extend the 6th Form Building, facing Camden Road. Both designs will improve the buildings’ associated landscapes. The buildings will be completed in the Autumn of 2017.
We are pleased to announce that construction of the Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab starts in mid February. We worked closely with the school and, through a series of iterations, developed a unique yet affordable design specifically created for young people. The timber building extends into a science garden and is seen as an instrument for learning which will enhance children’s understanding of architecture and construction. Integrated within the roof are two triangular volumes that extend upwards creating extra space for daylight, ventilation and science experiments. Completion is expected in the summer of 2017.
A new exhibition celebrating contemporary architecture in Highgate, London, and featuring AY Architects’ St Anne’s Close, is open in the Highgate School Museum, Southwood Lane, N6 5EE. Entitled ‘Highgate Modern Homes’, the exhibition concentrates on modern homes in Highgate that have high design quality and advance ideas about living. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Highgate Society and brings to light buildings by a new generation of architects in connection with the modern tradition of Lubetkin, Segal and Winter. It will be open until 30 October, accompanied by a series of related talks hosted at the Highgate Society’s premises.