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COMMENDATION - SILVER MEDAL

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THE PRESIDENTS MEDALS 2004

RICHARD MARKS London Metropolitan University Seven Town Houses in Antwerp Tutors: Rik Nys and Robin Monotti A battered yet sturdy landscape of industrial decline, Antwerp's 18th-century docklands are currently being revitalised by an influx of young artists and designers. Townhouses make up the majority of Antwerp's residential stock; solid, spacious shells adapted to endless situations.

This proposal reinterprets the historic townhouse and fills a void at the end of an otherwise welldefined urban block. Exploration through model-making resulted in the adaptation of each of seven houses on the site to its immediate context, shaping coherent and pleasing interior spaces.

Although this is an academic exercise, Marks' intention was been to work with as great a sense of realism as possible.

COMMENDATION - SILVER MEDAL GUY DERWENT AND EMILY DAY University of Bath Reading Room Tutors: Professor Adam Caruso and Professor Peter St John Typological studies of four academic libraries led to a fascination with the Bibliotheque Ste. Genevieve by Henri Labrouste, in Paris.

Derwent and Day, in their design for new reading rooms attached to the British Library in St Pancras, refer to the Bibliotheque Ste.

Genevieve with the axial double-vaulted ceiling whilst further deconstructing the vaulting system by hanging the ceiling and intersecting two domes asymmetrically at either end of the vaults. Clerestory lighting is diffused by hanging the vaults within the perimeter of the room below window level, causing light to refract into the space below, between the delicate hung form and the steel frame armature of the building. The pure floating form of the ceiling creates an atmospheric space and establishes a delicate language of architecture that can be appropriated to the varying requirements of the reading rooms.

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