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Stirling Prize Winning Architects Build LEGO Cities for the London Festival of Architecture

As part of the 2014 London Festival of Architecture, teams of architects from the four of the most recent Stirling Prize winning British practices were challenged with creating the most imaginative piece of a city - out of LEGO. Each team began with a carefully laid out square on the floor of the largest gallery of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, at which point they were given just one hour and 45 minutes to create an urban masterpiece out of blocks. Each group of architects worked alongside students from the Royal Academy’s attRAct programme, which offers A-level art students the chance to engage with art and architecture. An esteemed panel of judges ultimately selected the team from Zaha Hadid Architects as victorious, who "considered London on a huge scale and used curving buildings of different typologies which echoed the shape of the Thames."

Read more about the brief and the other participating entries after the break.

© Agnese SanvitoTeam from Zaha Hadid Architects and attRAct students with their winning entry. Image © Agnese SanvitoZaha Hadid Architects' Project Under Construction. Image © Agnese SanvitoThe creation by Witherford Watson Mann. Image © Agnese Sanvito+ 6

Leading Architects Come Together for London's Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition is the world's largest open submission exhibition providing "a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience." From 12,000 total works of art, spanning a complete range of disciplines, 140 architectural works have been selected and hung by Royal Academician and Architect Eric Parry, after some early dialogue with former RIBA President Sir Richard MacCormac. Work featured this year includes a model by Thomas Heatherwick and prints by Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton, alongside Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw, Richard Rogers and Eva Jiřičná.

Chris Wilkinson. Image © Chris WilkinsonContext / Eric Parry. Image Courtesy of Eric Parry ArchitectsCeramic & Nickel Kiosk / Eric Parry. Image Courtesy of Eric Parry ArchitectsBonhams / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Image © Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands+ 14