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Studio Weave scoops Kedleston Hall job

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The practice beat 168 entrants to design a contemporary art commission for the 18th-century Derbyshire hall, to open in August

Up-and-coming practice Studio Weave has won the contest to design a contemporary art commission at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.

The practice saw off competition from Berlin-based Nilsson Pflugfelder with Beatrice Galilee, MSA with Gruff and Fran Balaam of Pie with Cristina Monteiro of Muf, as well as AJ Small Projects Sustainability Award-winner NEX, to scoop the National Trust-run contest.

Studio Weave’s scheme was praised for having the most appeal to children of all ages and for its focus on the ‘sound’ of the estate, as well as its looks.  

A total of 168 expressions of interest were made to the ‘Playful Incident’ competition, which called for temporary structures to create new ways to experience the building’s grounds.

Kedleston Hall is owned by the National Trust and was designed by architects James Paine, Matthew Brettingham and Robert Adam in 1759.  

The shortlisted teams each received £400 to develop their final submission and Studio Weave will be handed £60,000 to realise the project, due to open to the public in August.

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