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Dutch outfit wins AF's New Aldgate contest

DONIS has won the Architecture Foundation’s competition to design a new gateway to the City of London

The Dutch practice’s London Gate - already dubbed the ‘giant goalposts’ - will be installed throughout 2012 on a traffic island site in Aldgate.

The outfit, founded by former Office for Metropolitan Architecture architect Fernando Donis, saw off four other finalists including UK practices Foster Lomas and Juan Alfonso Galan Arquitecto, to win the New Aldgate contest, backed by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.

Fernando Donis

Fernando Donis

Donis said: ‘The “London Gate” will regenerate the City by reinventing the antique Ald-gate into a modern outlined “access” for the public at High Street 2012, connecting the East of London and celebrating the Olympic Games.’

Roger France, master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects added: ‘[We] are delighted that DONIS have been selected as the winning practice. The London Gate will be a monument that aptly reflects the spirit of openness and ambition that characterizes the
changing City.

‘It is a modern and unpretentious statement of the way in which the City is an open gateway to the world.’

The five shortlisted schemes were:

  • ‘London Gate’ by DONIS (Netherlands)
  • ‘The Listening Posts’ by Foster Lomas (UK)
  • ‘Aldgate to the World’ by Juan Alfonso Galan Arquitecto (UK)
  • ‘Ceci n’est pas une maison’ by NORMAL (Canada)
  • ‘Vertical Forest’ by Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)

Previous story (AJ 17.06.10)

Shortlist revealed for AF’s New Aldgate competition

The Architecture Foundation has revealed its shortlist of five designs for a temporary landmark to stand at the entrance to the City of London at Aldgate

Two UK practices, Foster Lomas and Juan Alfonso Galan Arquitecto, made the shortlist with their entries ‘The Listening Posts’ and ‘Aldgate to the World’, along with firms from the Netherlands, Canada and Japan.

Each shortlisted team will be awarded £1,000, with £3,000 for the winning proposal.

The sculpture marks a part of London’s High Street 2012 initiative and will remain in place for the duration of the 2012 Olympic Games.

It will stand on a site historically known as ‘Ale-Gate’, so called because it was the only City gateway open to all. It is hoped the new landmark will underscore the fact that the City now welcomes, rather than drives away, its neighbours.

Peter Murray, a competition judge and chairman of New London Architecture, said: ‘The shortlisted entries reflect the changing nature of the area; how a “gate” can be something that welcomes people into the City and provides a connection to the east of London, reflecting the City’s aspirations to assist in the regeneration of that dynamic part of the capital.’

Also on the jury was Sarah Ichioka, director of the Architecture Foundation, and Achim Borchardt Hume, chief curator at the Whitechapel Gallery in Aldgate.

All the shortlisted entries will be on display during the London Festival of Architecture (20 June-20 July) at St Botolph-without-Aldgate Church, situated opposite the competition site.

A winner will be announced on 22 July.

The five shortlisted schemes are:
- ‘London Gate’ by DONIS (Netherlands)
- ‘The Listening Posts’ by Foster Lomas Ltd (UK)
- ‘Aldgate to the World’ by Juan Alfonso Galan Arquitecto (UK)
- ‘Ceci n’est pas une maison’ by NORMAL (Canada)
- ‘Vertical Forest’ by Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)

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