Nominations open for Hackney Design Awards 2018

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The ninth biennial Hackney Design Awards have launched, with nominations now open for the best new buildings and public spaces in the borough.

The awards, which acknowledge the best architecture and design in the borough started in 2004 and every two years since then has celebrated the best new buildings, alterations, extensions, restorations, public spaces and landscaping projects in the area.

Councillor Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment said: “The Hackney Design Awards celebrate great architecture in our borough and recognise the contribution that good design makes to our neighbourhoods and our quality of life.

“Anyone can nominate any new building or public space, which can be in any style from contemporary to heritage, small or large.”

“You could recognise new ways of using indoor or outdoor spaces, the use of new forms of building materials or construction techniques, or the role of architecture in reducing our energy consumption or how good design can help tackle climate change.” He explained.

Past winners of the award which include, Bateman’s Row by Theis and Khan Architects, and Barrett’s Grove by Groupwork and Amin Taha which has also been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Amin Taha, Hackney Design Awards 2016 winner, said: “Hackney Council actively supports and endorses high quality architecture and urban design

“As a previous recipient of a Hackney Design award we were delighted that our project at Barrett’s Grove was recognised alongside an eclectic mix of high quality design and award-winning projects.” She added.

After the nominations close on July 16, entries will be shortlisted and an independent panel of architects and urban design experts will select the winners, who will be announced later in the year.

“Now’s the time to nominate your favourite new building and get it recognised as one of the borough’s best,” Nicholson concluded.

The winners in 2016 were:

Woodberry Wetlands N16  by Kaner Olette Architects & Allen Scott Landscape this is a major heritage and landscape conservation project at Woodbury Downs which opened in May 2016. It was the first time the site has been fully accessible to the public since the construction of the reservoirs in 1833.

32A Lansdowne Drive E8 designed by Tectonics Architects this was the first two-bedroom house in the country to use cross-laminated timber and wood fibre. It is built on a brownfield site in a conservation area near London Fields.

Copper Lane N16 designedby Henley Halebrown Rorrison, was London’s first co-housing scheme, comprising of six different homes with shared communal facilities. The architecture propagates a community-based system with a court placed as a centrepiece and communal facilities and homes located around it.

Frampton Park Baptist Church E9 by Matthew Lloyd Architects is a project located in a council estate and acts as a centre for the church to expand its outreach. The church acts as a local landmark with a six-story tower and crucifix which is illuminated at night.

Shepherdess Walk N1 by Jaccaud Zein Architects is a terrace of houses project that maintains a strong sense of the historical conditions and formal qualities of the land on which it is built. The complex grows in height from the houses on Shepherdess Walk to the apartment building.

Spruce Apartments (Nordic Lofts) N16 by Amin Taha Architects are apartments that are comprised of two three-bedroom family maisonettes, three two-bedroom flats and a studio. Its simple architecture is the result of consultation with the primary school pupils next door.

The Cube Building N1 by Hawkins Brown contains the tallest hybrid Cross Laminated Timber structure in Europe at 10 stories high. It consists of 50 apartments, with 17 of these being offered as either socially rented or shared ownership. Mixed into the residential community is 12,421 square foot of commercial space offering amenities like an onsite café.


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