Designer Wayne Hemingway and the Mayor of Hackney Announce Hackney Design Award Winners 2014
Designer Wayne Hemingway MBE, co-founder of label Red or Dead, announced with Jules Pipe, the Mayor of Hackney, the winners of this year's prestigious Hackney Design Awards.
The biennial Hackney Design Awards celebrates the rich and diverse new high-quality architecture and open spaces that contribute to the borough's reputation as a hub of some of the best buildings and places in London.
An unprecedented 64 nominations were received for 50 different projects, which were short-listed to 16 by a panel of judges who are experts in the fields of architecture, development, urban design, conservation and landscape design.
After much deliberation the judging panel made the decision to select five projects as winners. Two commendations and two mentions were also announced by Wayne Hemingway and the Mayor to an audience of representatives from across the design and architectural community of Hackney.The winners of the Hackney Design Awards 2014 are:
- The Cardinal Pole Catholic School - A project that demonstrates intelligent site planning and a use of materials to create an uplifting learning environment with high levels of sustainability integrated into the scheme.
- 151 Church Walk - Judges were impressed by the clever use of the site and space that includes an excellent selection and use of materials and detailing.
- The Gingerbread House - A design that tells a story with subtlety and judgement, providing a sense of delight from the use of playful detailing and materials.
- The Garden School - A building of the highest quality with a clever plan that maximises daylight and views and the use of soft edges at the boundary that blend into neighbouring gardens.
- Writers Shed - A scheme with a unique character with the use of simple solutions that perfectly match the client’s brief for light and space. The joy of the ‘shed’ reflects the commitment of the team of young architects who conceived and built it.
Two projects were highlighted for commendations - 215 Kingsland Road and the Leonard Circus Shared Space. The Black Box and Hackney City Farm Shop were mentioned by the judges.Once again, the Hackney Design Awards shortlist was put to the public vote through the People’s Choice Award. After receiving over 1,200 votes, breaking the record of previous years, the joint winners were announced as The Writers Shed and the Black and White Building.
All of the schemes shortlisted for the awards this year combine to demonstrate that Hackney really is a fantastic place in which to work, live, learn and play. We applaud all those in the design community who have contributed to this and encourage them to continue to pursue and deliver great design in Hackney for the future.
Hackney has become a place where designers thrive; giving the space and the opportunities that creative people can take forwards. Creativity has led to the success that Hackney is now and the Hackney Design Awards helps to reward excellence and provide recognition, after all it’s nice to let people know that they have done a good job.
There are many good things happening at the moment - London is really the centre of the world, giving people the confidence to do great things, it’s a fantastic place to be right now.