David Kohn Architects, Roz Barr Architects and Studio Weave are all on the shortlist for an invited contest to design a 28m² kiosk on the BBC Television Centre site in White City, west London
Also on the five-strong list are Draisci Studio and Gort Scott Architects. Developer Stanhope and partner Mitsui expect to name the winning practice towards the end of this month.
The kiosk, to be built next to the Grade II-listed Studio 1, will contain a coffee shop and florist, and is intended to be an ’exciting, permanent intervention into an important area of the Television Centre forecourt’.
The winner will work in collaboration with AHMM, which is masterplanning the site’s redevelopment and helped organise the competition.
The kiosk, expected to be installed in September this year, will be built as part of the first phase of the development, which includes office and residential buildings.
AHMM director Paul Monaghan said: ‘The overall masterplan for Television Centre will open up the site for the first time, creating an exciting new piece of public realm and connecting with the surrounding area. With its prominent position close to the famous Studio 1 wall, the kiosk will be an important amenity within that space, animating it and complementing the soft and hard landscaping.
‘It’s been fascinating for us to see how architects have responded to the brief, in the same spirit that we’ve already been collaborating with a range of architects across the masterplan to create diversity and excitement in its architecture.’
In June, Stanhope appointed Allies and Morrison to design three office blocks on the BBC Media Village site in White City. The AJ100 practice is also working with the developer and its funding partners Mitsui and AIMCo on the refurbishment of a number of existing buildings within the emerging 7ha business district, now known as White City Place.