Winner of Tristan da Cunha’s Sustainability Competition

The Competition encouraged innovative and cost-effective proposals for the re-design and consolidation of Tristan’s government (community infrastructure) buildings. The brief encouraged initiatives to significantly iprove the standard and performance of residential properties, together with improvements to the island’s agrarian systems to better support grazing and the year-round growth of fresh produce.

The finalists were:

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Hawkins\Brown wins University of Central Lancashire campus gateway competition

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are delighted to announce that Hawkins\Brown has been selected as the winning team in the RIBA competition to design a new circa £60 million student support centre and civic square for the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Lancashire.

The shortlisted

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Royal College of Art Battersea South Campus Finalists

The Royal College of Art announced the seven shortlisted architectural practices for its new state-of-the-art £108 million Battersea South campus in an invited design competition.

The shortlisted practices are (in alphabetical order):

Christian Kerez (Switzerland) Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US) Herzog & de Meuron (Switzerland/UK) Lacaton & Vassal (France) Robbrecht en Daem architecten (Belgium)

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New Museum of London in West Smithfield

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© Stanton Williams / Asif Kahn (courtesy MRC)
The challenge to design a new Museum of London in a very traditional context did not deter some of Europe’s premier modernists from entering this competition. The prize was the conversion of a building in the West Smithfield area, intended to anchor an important cultural district in the city. The new museum, which has a £130-150m construction budget, will secure the future of a series of much-loved heritage buildings at West Smithfield, help regenerate this historic part of the City of London and re-launch the museum, which has seen its audiences soar in recent years. Whereas other major capitals may only have one museum of history, the Museum of London already exists in other locations in the city, most notably in the Square Mile and the Docklands. But establishing a new museum in another location only serves to illustrate the wealth of historical materials accessible to the museum in its archives.

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United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Competition

Sponsors: Dept. for Communities and Local Government; UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Professional Adviser: Malcolm Reading Consultants Type: Open, EOI, international, two-stage (No design is required for the first (EOI) stage.) Eligibility: Seasoned practices are encouraged to combine with emerging talent. The teams should be structured under a lead consultant, who is an architect, identified

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New Cyprus Museum Competition

Sponsor: Government of Cyprus Type: International, restricted (EOI), two-stage Fee: none Language: English Eligibility: Licensed architects Contract value: 410,000€ Timetable: 9 January 2017 – RfQ deadline 23 January 2017 – Deadline for dispatch of invitations Jury: • Mr. Alecos Michaelides • Dr. Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou • Sir Peter Cook • Mr. Elias Zenghelis • Mr. Michael

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Lamborghini Road Monuments

Sponsor: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. Organizer: Young Architects Competitions (YAC) Type: Open, one-stage, international Timetable/Fees: 75€ +22% VAT – by 2 October 2016 (Standard Registration) 150€ +22% VAT – 3 to 31 October 2016 (Late Registration) 2 November 2016 – Deadline for Submissions Prizes: 1st prize – 12,000€ + Construction 2nd prize – 4,000€ 3rd

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Latvian Museum of Modern Art Competition


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©Adjaye Associates (UK) with AB3D Images courtesy Malcolm Reading Consultants.


Poland and the Baltic states have been playing cultural catch-up with the rest of the world ever since the former gained their independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1989. These have included several high-profile competitions for museums in Poland, but also interesting projects in Estonia. Now Latvia and Lithuania are saying that they too should also have modern art museums on par with those in western Europe and Scandinavia. In Latvia, a movement to establish a modern art museum dates back to the early decade of the 21st century. It was then in 2005 that the ABLV Charitable Foundation, established by a local bank, provided endowment funds for purchasing modern art for a museum. They were joined in the museum project by The Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation, which was founded with the purpose of promoting culture.


Finland has always had close times culturally to the Baltic States, especially to Estonia, and the recent Guggenheim competition there could hardly have gone unnoticed by its southern neighbors. So it should come as no surprise that the Latvian sponsors engaged Malcolm Reading Consultants, the Guggenheim competition adviser, to organize their competition for the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art in the nation’s capital, Riga. Contrary to the Guggenheim competition, this time the finalists were the result of a closed shortlisting process.
They were:

  • Adjaye Associates (UK) with AB3D
  • Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki (Finland) with MADE Arhitekti
  • Caruso St John Architects (UK) with Jaunromāns un Ābele
  • Henning Larsen Architects (Denmark) with MARK Arhitekti
  • Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Netherlands)
  • Sauerbruch Hutton (Germany) with Arhitekts Ingurds Lazdiņš
  • wHY Architecture (US) with Outofbox and ALPS

 

All of the shortlisted teams had at least some museum experience, and those having somewhat less exposure in this area could point to their expertise in a number of projects relating to the arts. Some had made their mark lately, most notably wHY architecture (US) and Lahdelma & Mahlamäki (Finnland), the latter having won the prestigious open competition for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. With the exception of Neutelings Riedijk Architects, all of the finalists included at least one local Latvian firm on their team. The ultimate competition winner, Adjaye Associates (UK), could bask in the huge amount of publicity generated by the September 2016 opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall in Washington D.C.


The competition in many ways resembled a linear exercise, mainly dictated by the site and program. In the end, Adjaye Associates very straightforward, logical approach to the program won the day for the London firm. Although there were not enough jury comments to suggest how the other finalist team(s) were ranked, only one, Sauerbruch Hutton, was given a “mention’, although it was not to be considered as a ranking.

The museum will be built as part of New Hanza City, a new district at a former railway goods station in a northern district of Riga. Comprising 24.5 hectares, the development also will inclulde offices, apartments, a hotel, a nursery school and a public garden.

 

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