RIBA London has named the three practices shortlisted to revamp market stalls at East London’s Chrisp Street Market
Emerging practices Studio Bark and CarverHaggard are in the running for the job against a collaborative team made up of Matheson Whiteley and designer Martino Gamper.
Backed by Tower Hamlets Council and site owner Poplar HARCA, the Middle of the Market contest asked firms to come up with a concept for new stalls for the historic market in Poplar.
Designed by Harlow New Town architect Frederick Gibberd, the purpose-built pedestrian shopping area first opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain.
Teams will now have until January to develop their proposals.
The winning team – set to be announced 11 January – will receive £25,000 to construct three prototype stalls for the iconic East End market.
RIBA London director Tamsie Thomson, said: ‘We were really delighted with the quality of work shown by all the practices that applied. The judges felt that the three shortlisted teams understood design at small scale with big impact.’
She added: ‘This is a significant cultural and historic setting in East London and an exciting opportunity for members to rethink the market stall for the modern age.’
Chrisp Street Market
Source: Poplar HARCA Archives