London gallery the City Centre has launched an open international ideas contest for new smart building concepts for London’s Square Mile
Backed by the City of London Corporation, the competition seeks proposals for conceptual future applications of smart building technologies. Potential innovations include building automation, activation and use of space, sustainability and intelligent architecture.
The call for ideas is the second in a three-part series of contests being held by the City Centre as part of the gallery’s ongoing ‘A Smarter City’ programme. Earlier this year, Atkins and street furniture manufacturer Schreder won the first contest (scheme pictured), focusing on Smart Green Spaces, and a third contest will be launched in July.
‘The City is home to some of the world’s most striking historic and contemporary architecture,’ says the competition brief. ‘Many of its buildings have won architectural awards, from the Lloyd’s Building by Richard Rogers and Partners, to 30 St Mary Axe by Foster + Partners – more usually known as “the Gherkin” – to Bennetts Associates’ super-sustainable New Street Square.
‘No global business centre can rival London for the richness and variety of its historic fabric – and the best way to preserve that fabric is to make it relevant to the 21st century. Keeping the City’s mix of buildings in mind, can you develop a new idea that addresses the City’s changing environment whilst preserving its heritage?’
The City of London – also known as the Square Mile – is the historic centre of the UK capital and home to many of its financial services institutions. The City Centre is an exhibition space located a short distance from the historic Guildhall and Guildhall Art Gallery.
Atkins and Schreder won the first contest in the A Smarter City series with a proposal dubbed Key to the City, which uses an augmented reality smartphone app and smart-enabled street furniture to highlight the area’s 150 green spaces.
Submissions to the latest competition must be applicable to the Square Mile but do not need to focus on a single site, and schemes that address multiple areas are encouraged. Proposals may explore smart furniture and products, space activation and accessibility, building use and automation, recycling and waste management, health and wellbeing, sustainability, smart co-working and smart architecture.
Competition judges include Peter Murray, chairman of The City Centre and New London Architecture; Carolyn Dwyer, director of the built environment at the City of London Corporation; and a representative from the developer Brookfield.
Shortlisted entries will feature in an exhibition inside the City Centre from 7 July to 9 September. One winner, selected from all three competitions held during the course of the year, will be invited to work with City of London Corporation to realise their scheme.
The deadline for applications has been extended to 5pm on 7 July.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
The City Centre
80 Basinghall Street
Tel: 0207 6008 362