Architecture 00:/, Carmody Groarke, NEX and Duggan Morris Architects have been named on the shortlist to design a £2 million café off the King’s Road in London
The practices are joined among the finalists by two newcomers: TaylorSnell, a new outfit set up by Michael Hopkins + Partners alumni Bill Taylor and Robin Snell; and Pernilla Ohrstedt, co-founder of the now defunct Pernilla & Asif (see below).
Organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants on behalf of Cadogan Estates, the two-stage competition to design a replacement for Gelateria Valerie in Duke of York Square received nearly 150 expressions of interests.
The scheme will sit next to the main thoroughfare to the Saatchi Gallery and within the larger Duke of York development, masterplanned and designed by Paul Davis + Partners.
We’ve been bowled over by the response to the competition
Hugh Seaborn, chief executive of Cadogan Estates, said: ‘We have been bowled over by the response to the competition. The care put into the submissions by the shortlisted teams is quite inspirational. What we’re looking for now is a proposal that is creative, sensitive to the setting, and practical to build.’
Malcolm Reading added: ‘The proportion of practices that made the longlist was slightly under 50 per cent. Those practices that leapt onto the shortlist did so because their submissions were exceptional in terms of presentation and because they had seized the opportunity to add supplementary information to the PQQ, describing why their previous work was relevant to this project.
‘The panel came to the process without preconceptions about the kind of practices which might emerge. Each member of the shortlist made it on their own merits, and it’s great to see two brand new practices in the six that were chosen to go forward.’
The shortlisted teams now have until 12 November to develop their final submissions.
Postscript - Pernilla & Asif split
The studio, which was initially set up by its co-founders Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt while working on the Coca-Cola Beatbox and other projects such as Cloud, has officially now disbanded.
The pair are understood to be ‘focusing on working independently on individual commissions’ and will continue to collaborate in the future as Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt.
Ohrstedt is currently working with fashion label Antipodium and jeweller Simone Brewster for an exhibition, Bodies of Work, at Roca Gallery London which opens on 15 September as part of London Design Festival.