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Revealed: Double winners in Royal Park fountains contest

[FIRST LOOK] Moxon Architects and Robin Monotti Architects with Mark Titman have both been named as winners in the contest to design the ‘next generation’ of drinking fountains in London’s eight Royal Parks

Moxon’s ‘design-led’ proposal, a robust bronze fountain dubbed the Trumpet, and Monotti’s ‘art-led’ design, a Cornish granite called Watering Holes, were chosen from more than 150 entries from 26 countries.

According to the contest organisers the Royal Parks Foundation and the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the standard of entries into The Ultimate Drinking Fountain competition was so high the nine-strong judging panel decided to name two winners.  

The contest forms part of a wider £1 million project to restore the Royal Parks’ historic drinking fountains and to install new ones ‘where old ones are beyond repair’.

Because there was ‘no off-the-shelf drinking fountain’ suitable for The Royal Parks Grade I-listed landscapes, the charity launched an international competition to find a ‘simple, practical and aesthetically pleasing design’.

Robin Monotti said: ‘This is project where you can have more than one winner because there is more than one site.’

The Ultimate Drinking Fountain competition winner - Trumpet by Moxon Architects

The Ultimate Drinking Fountain competition winner - Trumpet by Moxon Architects



Michael Freeman, a Trustee of the Royal Parks Foundation and co-founder of Argent Group
Paul Williams, co-founder of Stanton Williams
Fernanda Kellogg, chair of the board of The Tiffany & Co Foundation
Paul Finch, chair of CABE
Andrew Graham-Dixon, art critic, TV presenter and art correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph
Sara Lom is chief executive of the Royal Parks Foundation
Simon Richards is park manager of Richmond Park
Emily Campbell is director of design at the RSA
Robin Levien is a product designer

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  • The 'watering holes' design is attractive but flies in the face of the brief guidelines for use by the wheelchair bound!

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