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RCKa wins Crown Estate reception artwork contest

RCKa has won the competition to design an artwork for the ground floor of one of the Crown Estate’s buildings in St James’s

The contest run in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation has commissioned two artworks for Charles II Street and 11 Waterloo Place, in St James’s, where the Crown Estate is currently carrying out a £500 million investment plan. 

RCKa’s proposal for 11 Waterloo Place, entitled Acoustitch, displays interwoven patterns which change as the viewer moves through the building’s reception.

The artwork will be made from high-density foam coated in bright solid colours with polished copper sheet.

Dieter Keiner, director at RCKa said: ‘Acoustitch exploits our spatial knowledge as architects in an attempt to engage with the past, present and future life of the building and to improve the whole arrival and exit experience.

‘The proposal celebrates St James’s rich craft-based tradition of bespoke men’s tailoring, whilst providing unexpected acoustic softening. We look forward to working closely with all those involved to realise this exciting commission.”

Designer Lola Lely was chosen to design the second artwork for the reception space at Charles II Street.

They saw off competition from designers Simon Hasan, Faye Toogood, Formafantasma, and Philippe Malouin to bag the job which called for for designers to ‘celebrate the unique history and heritage of craft and making in this area whilst suggesting attractive and unique artworks for the reception areas of these two buildings’.

James Cooksey, head of St James’s Portfolio, the Crown Estate said: ‘We hope that by supporting new and emerging talent in this way, we can encourage people like Lola Lely and RCKa to continue pursuing ground-breaking new projects. All the proposals were incredibly strong and the ongoing redevelopment of St James’s will no doubt continue to offer new and exciting opportunities for creatives and designers of all styles.’

The projects will now be developed and put into production over the coming months, with a launch for both artworks scheduled for later this year.

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