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Niall McLaughlin wins 2015 Stephen Lawrence Prize

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Despite missing out on the Stirling Prize for its Darbishire Place housing project, Niall McLaughlin Architects has picked up the 2015 Stephen Lawrence Prize a fishing hut in Hampshire

The ‘beautifully crafted’ 66m² lakeside structure was designed as a retreat for fishermen.

Slatted panels allow the building to be closed up in winter and opened up in spring, while timber-framed glass screens slide away, changing the hut from solid to transparent.

The timber fishing hut saw off competition from Flanagan Lawrence’s Acoustic Shells, a barn conversion by Liddicoat & Goldhill, BBM Sustainable Design’s house made from waste, a Passivhaus by Prewett Bizley Architects, a garden studio by Stonewood Design and a house by Edgley Design.

The prize, which is supported by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, was set up in memory of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993. It is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.

The prize was judged by Marco Goldschmied, who established the prize in 1998, Doreen Lawrence, and founder of Denizen Works Murray Kerr.

Last year the award was picked up by Denizen Works’ House No7 on the Scottish island of Tiree.

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