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AJ Small Projects - reaction and pictures

All the reaction and excitement from last night’s AJ Small Projects Awards 2013 party at the NLA in London

Winner Laura Dewe Mathews: ‘I was very surprised. It will be a huge boost. When you are working on a project like this without a client and in isolation, to get this kind of feedback is really lovely and a great thing. If people see the project and it gets wider attention then hopefully more work will come that is as interesting and challenging. It’s been a real labour of love, four years from start to finish.’

Jerry Tate of Jerry Tate Architects: ‘It’s one of those projects that is really refined. There is nothing in it that is bad. It takes time to get something that is that clear. I’m very jealous.’

Alessandro Zoppini of AJ Small Project shortlisted Studio Zoppini Associati: ‘[The Box House] is an absolutely fantastic project. It was fun to be here and a pleasure to be shortlisted’.

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Beverly Salmon of Sustainability Prize winner Kilburn Nightingale: ‘It was a surprise because it doesn’t conform to the UK idea of sustainability but it is a small project that actually has big ideas that are very relevant here.’

Richard Nightingale, also of the sustainability prize winning practice: ‘It’s really important in Africa where materials are in short supply that people out of neccessity use what is available locally. These materials should not be dismissed as primitive or inappropriate for modern living. We are beginning to learn from it here and are currently designing a library for a Cambridge college using locally sourced wood. Suddenly the experience is becoming relevant all over the world.’

Commenting on the Kilburn Nightingale project, Chee-Kit Lai of Mobile Studio: ‘It’s a fantastic contextual project and is very beautiful.’

Finalist Jessica Reynolds of VPPR: ‘We were really pleased they were winners. They were very passionate about it and it was very well recognised.’

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