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RIBA launches Regent Street Windows contest 2018

Liberty with Architecture Social Club
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The RIBA has launched its annual open call for architects to deliver a series of shop window installations in Regent Street, central London

The contest, for the Regent Street Association, is open to all RIBA members and chartered practices – previously it had been limited to London architects – and is now in its eighth year. Around 15 architects will be selected to work with retailers to transform their storefronts on the historic shopping street.

The winning teams’ designs will be installed on 23 April and exhibited for up to three weeks. Each commission will have a minimum budget of £5,000.

The RIBA’s brief says: ‘All retailers on Regent Street are invited to participate in this initiative, approximately 15 retailers take part, with previous years seeing involvement from retailers such as Liberty, Kate Spade, Molton Brown, Kiehl’s and even our own RIBA Head Office. Participating retailers have to commit to displaying an architectural window in the specified timeframe and include the RIBA Regent Street Window branding and architect credit in the window during this time.

‘The retailers will fund the materials, production and installation of the windows; they are asked to commit a minimum budget of £5,000 plus VAT with a maximum budget set. The architect will then begin work to design something that can be realised within this constraint. The architect works closely with the retailer to create a spatial and design-led installation which represents and works with the brand.’

Regent Street was built by architect John Nash as part of a 19th-century urban improvement scheme linking Regent’s Park to St James’s Park. Today it is one of the West End’s most important retail destinations.

Applicants must submit a 10-page portfolio showing previous installation-based projects and temporary structures, along with a short expression of interest.

Last year’s selected teams included Bureau de Change, Knox Bhavan, Piercy & Co and Matheson Whiteley. The previous year’s 13 winners included EPR Architects, Coppin Dockray, Citizens Design Bureau, and Conran and Partners.

Practices selected for the commission will each receive a £500 honorarium.The competition’s RIBA architect adviser is Sarah Williams of S Williams Architects.

Project installation will take place overnight from 6pm on 22 April. The deadline for applications is 2pm on 28 November.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information


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Charles Tyrwhitt with Bureau de Change

Charles Tyrwhitt with Bureau de Change

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Kate Spade New York with Design Haus Liberty

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Liberty with Architecture Social Club

Liberty with Architecture Social Club

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Molton Brown with Knox Bhavan & Susie MacMurray

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RIBA, 76 Portland Place with CAN + Nina Shen Poblete

RIBA, 76 Portland Place with CAN + Nina Shen Poblete

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Uniqlo with Projects Office

Uniqlo with Projects Office

 

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