Hackney Design Award winners announced

The winners of this year’s prestigious Hackney Design Awards have been announced following a rigorous selection process by a panel of architects and urban design experts.

The Hackney Design Awards were set up by the Council in 2004 to celebrate the rich variety of design and architecture in the borough.

This year, 42 nominated projects were whittled down to 15 shortlisted schemes by the judges, who then visited each of the shortlisted schemes to select the six winning designs and four commendations.

The shortlist was also put to the public vote in the People’s Choice Award, with almost 600 votes received.

Judging Panel Chair, Matthew Lloyd, whose practice designed Frampton Park Baptist Church, a 2016 Design Awards winner
The biennial Hackney Design Awards have once again shown the sheer quality of architecture that is consistently produced within this single London borough. Each scheme, shortlisted down from many entries, demonstrated the skill and commitment of some of the country’s best architectural talent.
Judging Panel Chair, Matthew Lloyd, whose practice designed Frampton Park Baptist Church, a 2016 Design Awards winner
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
This year’s Hackney Design Awards showcase not only the contribution great design makes to the fabric of our borough, but the real difference it makes to the lives of people in Hackney. My congratulations go to all the winners and shortlisted schemes and my thanks go to the judging panel and the people who nominated these inspiring buildings and public spaces.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Hackney Design Awards winners and commendations


Black Stone Building - 3 apartments with architecture influenced by the stacking of everyday objects, with a stucco facade of lime, sand and ash. Internally, the 4 floors are bound together by concrete columns that define the primary living spaces from which other rooms unfold.

32 Cassland Road - An artist's workspace, created behind a grand terrace of Grade II listed Georgian townhouses. The 'light chimney' and dark timber cladding provide a dramatic endpoint to the garden, while integrating comfortably with the natural setting.

De Beauvoir Block - Restoration of a terrace of early 20th century industrial buildings creating 33 workspaces and a new central yard. The architecture creates robust, sustainable, day lit and naturally ventilated interiors opening up to the new yard and terraces.

Kings Crescent Estate - New and refurbished homes for social rent, shared ownership and outright sale delivering high-quality architecture regardless of tenure, expressed through generous layouts and elegant materiality.

Hackney Town Hall - Comprehensive refurbishment of the Art Deco Grade II-listed Hackney Town Hall, encompassing painstaking restoration and the creation of 2 new indoor event spaces.

Building 1, Principal Place - A major new 15-storey mixed-use development, housing the UK headquarters of Amazon, designed internally as a 21st century warehouse, offering a more interactive and flexible model of working.


Great Eastern Buildings - A mixed-use development in a constrained location providing 18 mixed-tenure residential units and create and commercial space at street-level. The development creates a new mews street and reflects the surrounding Victorian housing.

PEER Gallery - A transformation of a drab and neglected outdoor area in front of a Post Office and PEER Gallery on Hoxton Street. Now an open and welcoming public space, containing a new community garden with a planted vertical wall and new art pieces that animate the space.

Pitwell Mews - Redevelopment of a brownfield site off Wilton Way, creating a secluded, mixed-use mews of three houses and a small office building.

146A Rushmore Road - A three-bedroom family house on a tight, infill site in Clapton. The house plays with scale, using oversized windows and openings to create a greater feeling of space across the rear courtyard.

People’s Choice Award

146A Rushmore Road