HAT, vPPR and Studio Weave are among eight emerging practices shortlisted for Pocket’s new £822,500 community centre and nursery in Haringey, north London
All the studios vying to work with the up-and-coming ‘micro-homes’ developer were founded within the past 10 years with the youngest, Ludwig Willis Architects opening earlier this month.
The full shortlist
- Dallas Pierce Quintero (Founded 2009, London)
- David Leech Architects (Founded 2014, London)
- Dyvik Kahlen Architects (Founded 2010, London)
- Gibson Thornley (Founded 2013, London)
- HAT Projects (Founded 2008, London)
- Ludwig Willis Architects (Founded 2016, Northampton)
- Studio Weave (Founded 2006, London)
- vPPR (Founded 2009, London)
The shortlisting comes just months after HAT won a high-profile contest for the Science Museum’s new entrance and a year after vPPR bagged the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year prize.
Pocket head of design Russ Edwards commented: ‘We had a great response to the call for expressions of interest – 95 submissions from a broad range of practices. We are extremely flattered that so much talent has put in this much effort for us.’
The eight shortlisted teams now have until a final jury session in August to further develop their designs. De Rosee Sa and Denizen Works – which won planning for a second Tiree home this month – were also commended.
Aimed at design-led emerging practices, the contest seeks proposals for a low-cost facility which will act as a landmark civic gateway to the firm’s West Green Place development.
Masterplanned by HTA Design with BD Landscape Architects, the low-rise scheme will create a mix of open market and Pocket homes next to Downhills Park.
The existing West Green Playgroup Nursery and Goan Community Centre – which currently occupy the 0.74 hectare site – will be replaced by the new 360m² competition-winning structure.
Founded in 2005, the developer specialises in innovative compact-homes aimed at London’s squeezed middle earners.
Last year the outfit ran a high-profile ideas contest (AJ 16.01.15) to create a new compact layout for ‘two bedroom-two person’ apartments which are currently omitted from the mayor’s space standards.
Proposals for the West Green Place nursery are expected to include a storytelling area, play space, store room, sleeping room, kitchen and toilets with an external patio measuring at least 200m². A multi-function hall, kitchenette and lift will also be required for the community centre.
Judges include Edwards, HTA partner Ben Derbyshire, Architecture Foundation director Ellis Woodman and Lyn Garner – director of place and sustainability at Haringey Council.