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RSHP and Jestico + Whiles share top prize at Great Architectural Bake-Off

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Jestico + Whiles were crowned joint champions in the competition to build edible versions of famous buildings

Some of the biggest names in architecture swapped their pens for icing sugar on Saturday (11 June) to take part in a Great Architectural Bake-Off as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.

The annual event in Fitzroy Square hosted by WATG saw contestants from leading firms – including Fosters + Partners, Squire and Partners, WATG and Make battle for first prize.

RSHP constructed a mini-version of its own Millennium Dome – decorated with jelly ventilation stacks – while Jestico + Whiles built EMBT’s Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, topped with berries on the roof and arches made from chocolate biscuits. BDP’s Oslo Opera House was named runner-up.

Organiser Ashley Fauguel said: ‘I’m thrilled with how today has turned out, the standard of entries this year has been incredible, I’m amazed at the ingenuity and skill all teams showed in making their cakes.’

In addition, culinary recreations of the Gherkin, Shard and London Underground map were constructed

Judges included Wallpaper* editor-at-large Henrietta Thompson, director of the London Festival of Architecture Tamsie Thomson and Bompas & Parr co-founder Sam Bompas.

Bompas & Parr is known for its food architecture, including a jelly version of St Paul’s Cathedral, as well as its Alcoholic Architecture bar. 

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