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Studio Octopi scoops Delfina Foundation contest

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London’s Studio Octopi with Cairo-based Shahira Fahmy Architects have won the contest to overhaul and expand the London home of the Delfina Foundatio

The duo beat Rennie & Stagg with Dblu, NEX architecture and Mossessian & Partners to win the project, which will double the size of the cultural organisation’s headquarters. The scheme involves taking over the townhouse next to the foundation’s existing building at 29 Catherine Place near Buckingham Palace and increasing its accommodation and exhibition space to more than 400m2.

When the centre re-opens in autumn 2013 it will provide the largest amount of accommodation for international artists in London, with eight bedrooms and flexible workspaces throughout.

The winning proposal will ‘retain the domesticity of the two houses, exploring the notion of the hearth in a home’.

A spokesman for the foundation said: ‘The two firms presented an environment which is layered and contextual while peeling back the layers of ornamentation and finish to expose the period craftsmanship of the buildings.’

See full presentation boards of all the finalists attached right.

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The existing buildings at Catherine Place

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