Winners of Hackney Design Awards 2008 announced

Four innovative buildings have been announced as the winners of the Hackney Design Awards 2008.

Adelaide Wharf, Hothouse, Lau Sun House and Shoreditch Prototype House were presented awards by architecture critic Rowan Moore and Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe at a glittering awards evening last night (Wed 4 Feb).

The awards are run by Hackney Council on a bi-annual basis and illustrate the Council’s commitment to the promotion and celebration of high quality design within the built environment.

A total of 36 nominations were received and 20 schemes were shortlisted. There are four winners, two commendations and four mentions.

Nominations came from all areas – the architects who designed the scheme, the residents who now inhabit the homes, people inspired by the look of a building, or school pupils.

This diversity of interest in the awards is at the heart of what they are about – recognising and celebrating good design.

Jules Pipe, elected Mayor of Hackney, said: “Congratulations to the winners of the Hackney Design Awards. We had very strong entries, showing the high quality of the innovative and award winning design we have across the borough. Well designed buildings and public spaces help to improve quality of life for our residents and create strong neighbourhoods.”

Cllr Darren Parker, Hackney’s design champion and one of the judges, said: “The Hackney Design Awards send a clear signal to designers and developers of what we expect for Hackney – and our standards and aspirations are extremely high.”

The winners:

Adelaide Wharf
Address: 118 – 120 Queensbridge Road, E2 8PD
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
Client: First Base Limited and English Partnerships
Adelaide Wharf is a mixed tenure housing scheme comprising 147 new homes and 650 sq metres of workspace. Located on Regent’s Canal, the scheme is sustainable, adaptable and consists of well designed homes and communal facilities for all residents. There is no visible differentiation between the mix of private, key worker and socially rented homes as all are built and managed to the same high specification. The scheme achieved an EcoHomes Excellent rating by using innovative environmental technologies. It combines sophisticated urban intervention, emerging construction techniques and the latest thinking in residential development.
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Address: 274 Richmond Road, E8 3QW
Architect: Ash Sakula Architects
Contractor: Mansells Construction Services Limited
Client: Free Form Arts Trust
Hothouse is a centre for community based regeneration developed by Free Form Arts Trust. The scheme offers a range of workspace opportunities for creative industries within the new building and through utilising adjacent refurbished railway arches.
Hothouse has transformed a derelict contaminated site into a creative and invigorating workplace. The boomerang shaped building makes best use of the difficult site and is enhanced by the ‘amoeba’ shaped windows that are arranged in an organic way to reflect the nature of Free Form’s work. The building consists of a gallery space, hot-desk work areas overlooked by mezzanine and rooftop studios that give views out over the rooftop terrace and into London Fields. Construction was an innovative brick suspension system complemented by the glass gallery and photovoltaic roof panels that save four tons of CO2 each year bringing daylight and shading to the work areas.
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Lau Sun House
Address: 18 Langford Close, E8 2JW
Architectural Technologist: Kyson Design Limited
Contractor: Kyson Construction Limited and Paul Lau
Client: Paul Lau
The inspiration for Lau Sun House has come from the Traditional
Japanese Ryokan (guest house). At a glance the house does not resemble a 17th century Japanese guest house but the palette of dark wood, white render and clean lines, offset by rich leaves of bamboo and maple, contained within a serene stone walled enclosure are where the similarities start to unfold.
Designed to fit on an extremely restricted rear garden site in
Hackney Downs, the outlook of the home has been kept within the site’s architecture to prevent overlooking from neighbours while evoking a surreal escapism from the urban environment.
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Shoreditch Prototype House
Address: 4 Crooked Billet Yard, E2 8AF
Architect: Cox Bulleid Architects
Contractor: Doherty Contracts Limited
Client: Tessa Cox and Oliver Bulleid
This scheme was developed as a prototype low energy house for dense urban sites and seeks to green the city through the use of vertical planting as screen, filter, sunshade and oxygenator. It creates a new garden city in an urban context.
The building explores themes relevant to modern housing and promotes a mixed use programme allowing an open symbiotic relationship with the city that positively embraces the dynamics of the area. The design maximises space and light through the use of appropriate technologies while at the same time reducing building costs as a practical demonstration of the potential to construct generous and affordable homes. The house is aptly named a prototype as the principles it promotes and the example it provides are transferable to other larger schemes and locations.
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Commended schemes:

Rivington Place
Address: Rivington Street, EC2A 2BA
Architect: Adjaye Associates Limited
Contractor: Blenheim House Construction
Client: Rivington Place

St John at Hackney Churchyard Gardens
Address: Lower Clapton Road, E8
Landscape Architect: Land Use Consultants
Contractor: ISS Waterers Landscape
Client: London Borough of Hackney

Mentioned schemes:

Gainsborough Children’s Centre
Address: Berkshire Road, E9 5ND
Architect: Meadowcroft Griffin Architects Limited
Contractor: Diamond Build PLC
Client: The Learning Trust and Gainsborough School

Hackney City Farm Environmental Resource Centre
Address: 1A Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
Architect: Mass Architecture
Contractor: Amazonails
Client: Hackney City Farm

2 Hillman Street
Address: 2 Hillman Street, E8 1FB
Architect: Hawkins/Brown
Contractor: Geoffrey Osbourne Limited
Client: London Borough of Hackney

Sunken House
Address: 75A De Beauvoir Road, N1 4EL
Architect: Adjaye Associates Limited
Contractor: Eurban Construction
Client: Ed Reeve

The judging panel comprised:
1.Ray Rogers, manager, sustainability and design team, Hackney Council;
2.Howard Carter, director of architecture – Thinking Space Limited and member of Hackney Design Panel;
3.Cllr Darren Parker, member for Brownswood ward and Hackney Council design champion;
4.Sylvie Pearce, chief executive of Building Better Health Ltd and winner of Design Champion of the Year 2008 (Building Better Health Care Awards);
5.Stephen Cherry, director of Horden Cherry Lee Architects, vice chair of Hackney Design panel and Hackney resident;
6.Bernard Stilwell, director of Hackney-based Bernard Stilwell Architects, and architect assessor for Civic Trust Awards.