Winner: Central St Martins Arts Campus by Stanton Williams - An award for quite simply the finest building completed by an AJ100 practice in the past year
It is a credit to Stanton Williams that, for the judges, it was the quality of environment created for the end-user at the Central St Martins Arts Campus that stood out among the shortlist. The project overcame a potentially toxic procurement process and brutal cost-cutting but now sets the benchmark in an important regenerated area in London.
The judges, who included Simon Silver, director of Derwent London; Martin Young, chief architect of Tesco; Dan Labbad, chief executive of Lend Lease and Scott Lawrie, director of ALL Design, said: ‘Although a very large building, it doesn’t shout too loudly, and enhances the buildings around it. The detailing is elegant, but it is most successful in navigating its context. A giant building, yet respectful and dignified.’
The judges also chose to highly commend Eric Parry Architects’ Holburne Museum for its bold and brave insertion into a historic Bath site: ‘The extension is not subtle, but is still extremely sensitive.’
AJ Buildings Library
See images drawinsg and details of all eight projects shortlisted for the AJ100 Building of the Year in the AJ Buildings Library