De Matos Ryan and Mary Duggan Architects are among six teams competing to design a new £1 million courtyard at the Lansdowne Club in London’s Mayfair
AY Architects, Jestico + Whiles, Tonkin Liu and Jan-Paul Coelingh complete the shortlist of firms in the race for the commission.
The project, planned to start in January next year, aims to deliver a ‘delightful, delicate and inspirational structure’ at the heart of the club near Berkeley Square.
Marc Corbett, the club’s selection committee chair and development manager, said: ‘The six shortlisted architects have dealt with the complexities of the brief with huge sensitivity and thought. We were both surprised and impressed.
‘The proposals have opened up new opportunities for how the club can build on and continue to add to its high-quality architectural and historic fabric.’
The competition, which has been run by consultant Khaa, aims to deliver a new flexible space within the historic complex featuring a ‘light airy environment’ for its users.
The commission is part of a long-term regeneration strategy for the Grade II*-listed club developed by Jestico + Whiles four years ago. Shortlisted teams received an honorarium of £5,000 each.
Khaa director Kay Hughes said: ‘It has been a privilege to work with such talented architectural teams, the proposals have exceeded expectations.’
An overall winner will be announced by 28 November.
The full shortlist
Shortlisted: AY Architects
A minimal and slender garden room structure that responds to the building’s heritage though scale and careful column alignment. The design has a modular layered roof structure of glass panels, with slim glass fins and climbing plants to create a green canopy. A living embodiment of nature, referring to the Adam Room and its nature-based ceiling decoration. The proposal is set around a new courtyard adjacent to the listed façade.
De Matos Ryan
Shortlisted: De Matos Ryan
De Matos Ryan has created a new self-supporting lattice canopy of modular sections that can be assembled in-situ. The canopy and floor both reference and reflect the geometric patterns of Adam’s work to create a new social space within the club. The structure is propped on minimal columns and a large proportion of the glass roof is retractable. To each side the team have created linear gardens planted and accessed through frameless glazed walls.
Jan Paul Coelingh with Aleksandra Waluda
Shortlisted: Jan Paul Coelingh with Aleksandra Waluda
The proposal transforms the internal courtyard into an attractive new space for socialising and dining with open space at its heart. It adopts a strong architectural identity that respects the spatial qualities of the courtyard and its relationship to the club’s historic interiors and builds to the perimeter walls. The internal walls are glass and can be moved to allow a number of different configurations providing intimate dining spaces to the perimeter in the winter and allowing social activities throughout the space in the summer.
Jestico + Whiles
Shortlisted: Jestico + Whiles
The team proposes a landscaped palm-court, a courtyard that echoes the bygone days of Art Deco splendour at the club. The proposal has a solid perimeter to the roof to accommodate a first floor balcony, with a retractable glazed roof to the centre. The new aperture has a large mirrored perimeter. The design seeks to catch views of the sky while masking the surrounding buildings. The underside of the roof is finished in undulating polished plaster to reflect light into the courtyard area. The space is visually enhanced with mirrored glass set within the brick arcades.
Mary Duggan Architects
Shortlisted: Mary Duggan Architects
A proposal that takes inspiration from the glasshouse structures of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, such as Kibble Palace in Glasgow. A lightweight new glazed waffle roof canopy and open garden at the heart of the club create a light filled garden room with planting proposed by Jinny Blom. The new external courtyard space, accessed through sliding glass partitions is set next to the original elevations to enhance the historic setting. The layered roof is modular with lighting built in and at low level scene setting lighting is used to create a magical evening atmosphere.
Tonkin liu entrance view closed final copy
The Oval Court proposal from Tonkin Liu is defined by a light and delicate perforated canopy inspired by Robert Adam’s love of nature and geometry. The design allows for maximum openness and flexibility with a sliding glass roof to maximise flexibility. The delicate structure is designed to provide an open and airy impression even when the retractable double glazed roof is closed. Four slender columns transfer the loads directly onto the existing structure with two linear arcade gardens providing ventilation and bringing nature into the Oval Court.