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Hadid and O’Donnell + Tuomey Among City of Westminster's Shortlist for People's Choice Awards

06:00 - 10 March, 2017
Hadid and O’Donnell + Tuomey Among City of Westminster's Shortlist for People's Choice Awards, The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes

The City of Westminster, England has announced the shortlist for its first People’s Choice Award for the city’s best building from the past decade.

In an effort to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building, the Westminster City Council asked a panel of architects, developers, councilors, and planners to shortlist 12 designs to be voted on by people who live and work in the city, as well as by visitors. Buildings for the shortlist were chosen based on its use of materials, purpose, and impact on the surrounding space.

"Brilliant architectural design should be recognized for all the fantastic benefits it can have in terms of health and wellbeing, sustainability, and the simple pleasure we all take from having such striking buildings lining our routes home, to shop and to work," said Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council. "The best people to ask about the impact these buildings have are those who see them day in, day out, and so I am delighted that we have been able to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building and to promote design excellence."

The 12 shortlisted projects for the Westminster People’s Choice Awards are:

10 Hills Place / Amanda Levete Architects. Image © Gidon Fuehrer LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects. Image © Alex Bland South Molton Street Building / DSDHA. Image Courtesy of DSDHA St. James’s Market Development / Make Architects. Image Courtesy of Make Architects + 7

Corner House / DSDHA

03:00 - 20 December, 2016
Corner House / DSDHA, © Christopher Rudquist
© Christopher Rudquist

© Christopher Rudquist © Christopher Rudquist © Luca Miserocchi © Helene Binet + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Margaret Pyke Centre, 73 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4PL, UK
  • Project Team

    Deborah Saunt, Tom Greenall, Matthew Lambert, Arnold Seligmann, Deb Adams, Natasha Reid, Luke Jackson, Jeremy Corminboeuf, Marine Fleury, Marianna Filippou
  • Area

    1800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The Covert House / DSDHA

12:00 - 8 May, 2015
The Covert House / DSDHA, © Christoffer Rudquist
© Christoffer Rudquist

© Christoffer Rudquist © Helene Binet © Christoffer Rudquist © Helene Binet + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Deborah Saunt, David Hills, Matt Lambert, Emma Canning
  • Area

    135.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

In Conversation With Will Hunter, Director Of The New London School Of Architecture

04:15 - 16 April, 2015
In Conversation With Will Hunter, Director Of The New London School Of Architecture, Will Hunter, founder and director of the LSA. Image © Simon Harris
Will Hunter, founder and director of the LSA. Image © Simon Harris

The great schools of architecture have been around since time immemorial, or at least that's how it can often feel. In London, a city particularly dense with institutions of this calibre, this is perhaps felt more acutely. How, then, do you develop an entirely new school in this tightly packed environment which has the potency and capacity to compete? Will Hunter, former executive editor of the London-based Architectural Review, began a process to do just this with an article in 2012. Following this, he set up the ARFA—Alternative Routes For Architecture—in order to explore different models for architectural education, calling upon professionals and academics to contribute to a series of informal discussions.

“When the tuition fees in the UK escalated to around £9000 per year in 2013, it got me thinking about different models for architectural education,” Hunter recalls. The casual meetings held around this time gradually become more serious until, “at a certain point, we decided to test them: to make a school.” The project gathered momentum from that point on and now, two years later, the London School of Architecture (LSA) are preparing to take in their first ‘trailblazing cohort’ of postgraduate students.

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA London Awards

05:00 - 6 March, 2015
Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA London Awards, Shortlisted: Great James Street / Emrys Architects. Image © Alan Williams
Shortlisted: Great James Street / Emrys Architects. Image © Alan Williams

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA London 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by AHMM, dRMM, John McAslan + Partners and Grimshaw, to Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour. Winning projects from last year included three Stirling Prize shortlisted projects, as well as another by Haworth Tompkins who ultimately took the prize in 2014 for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Ben Blossom © Jack Hobhouse + 69

St Anne's SureStart Centre / DSDHA

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
St Anne's SureStart Centre  / DSDHA, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
  • Project Team

    David Hills, Deborah Saunt
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Alex Monroe Studio / DSDHA

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
© Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    37 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SU, United Kingdom
  • Area

    310.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert + 10

South Molton Street Building / DSDHA

01:00 - 2 July, 2013
South Molton Street Building / DSDHA, Courtesy of DSDHA
Courtesy of DSDHA

Courtesy of Bosideng © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    75 Davies Street, London W1K 5JN, United Kingdom
  • Area

    1227.5 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs