RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) recently announced Michael Lee Architects as the winner of the Cronton Colliery Competition at a private event held on Thursday 19 April. The challenge to design a pioneering new visitor destination on a former colliery inspired creative teams across the world to push the boundaries of landscape and architecture. The Land Trust’s international design competition attracted 50 entries from all over the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in South Korea, Japan and Italy. More images and information on the winner and finalists after the break.
Four of the most inventive schemes were invited to the final stage – HASSELL, Hawkins/Brown, Michael Lee Architects and Edward Architecture & Matthew Riley. Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, explains why Michael Lee Architects were chosen, “Michael displayed a strong empathy with both the site and the Trust’s ambitions. The design really excited us and the creative consortia Michael assembled brought a compelling and thought-provoking ideology to the table. His ability to truly consider the built and open environments really impressed us and as such he’s a worthy winner of the competition. We look forward to working with Michael and his team on the project.”
A highly commended selection of entries, including the finalists and winner, is currently on display at the Leeds Design and Innovation Centre, 46 The Calls, Leeds, LS2 7EY, until Friday 4 May. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.