I am a professional photographer and founding partner/director of Pedro Silmon Garden Photography. We produce high quality digital photography with a creative director's eye – my background is as a creative director and art director in hi-end magazines, including Condé Nast UK's Tatler, The Sunday Times Magazine and German Elle – to garden designers, architectural practices, magazines and private clients. Our website address is
You can view a further selection of our photographs at Arcaid Images
Or at The Garden Collection
I haven't visited the LSE building, but judging from the picture above, it's a totally hideous throw-back to the worst of the Stirling-inspired architecture of the late 1980s, which may, ironically, make it an appropriate winner.
Speaking as a relative outsider: watching the Stirling Prize on TV this evening, not having had any prior inkling of who and whose building had won, there was no doubt in my mind that Zaha Hadid's Grace Academy stood out a mile. This is a building solely about user and client. Brixton was sorely in need of something to feel proud of – that it is a showy piece of architecture is an asset in this instance. In any case, what could be more showy than a velodrome for the 2012 Olympics?
It isn't only the inside living areas that are shrinking, the outside space allotted to new houses is also far less than in previous decades, when even if your house was a bit cramped you could at least have a wander around the garden.