The Architecture Foundation (AF) has launched a design competition for a £600,000 overhaul of the Institute of Psychoanalysis in west London
Planned to complete in 2017, the phased project will upgrade the institute’s child and adolescent consulting rooms and redevelop its 150-capacity ‘Sigmund Freud Room’ lecture theatre.
Improvements to the archive and reception area inside the Shirland Road headquarters – known as Byron House – will also be delivered.
The project is part of institute plans to encourage more young people to study psychoanalysis and to wider the scope of its courses beyond London.
The ability to earn extra revenue from hosting events is also required.
According to the brief: ‘We want the overall aesthetic of our building to reflect the seriousness of what we do, without being stuffy or elitist, and to exemplify the high standards our members demand.
‘It will need to capture the importance of our history, of which we are very proud, whilst clearly demonstrating that we are a forward-looking organisation, which is not obsessed with the past, but rather emphasises progression to a bright future.’
Aimed at emerging practices, the competition is only open to AF members established in the past decade.
Four shortlisted teams will receive £1,000 each to participate in competitive interviews in mid-March.
Judges include Jeremy Dixon of Dixon Jones Architects, Hanif Kara of AKT II and AF director Ellis Woodman.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on 19 February.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information