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Yorkshire parliament steals the Royal Academy summer show

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An Allies and Morrison Part 2 architectural assistant has taken the £10,000 top prize for architecture at the Royal Academy’s 250th summer exhibition. Richard Waite reports

Ra architecture room matt bloomfield

Ra architecture room matt bloomfield

Source: Matt Bloomfield

The Royal Academy’s biggest prize for architecture at this year’s summer exhibition has been handed to a Part 2 architectural assistant at Allies and Morrison.

The £10,000 Turkishceramics Grand Award for Architecture was won by Matt Bloomfield for his ‘dynamic’ model of conceptual proposals to build the ‘core political functions’ for an Independent Nation State of Yorkshire on a site in Sheffield. 

Bloomfield created the Parliamentary Campus of God’s own Country while studying for his MArch at Sheffield School of Architecture last year. 

According to Bloomfield, 26, his vision includes a political assembly building, as well as a range of civic spaces, a shopping precinct, community refectory, greyhound track, sports facilities and homes.

Erdem Çenesiz, chairman of prize-sponsor Turkishceramics, said the scheme ‘successfully demonstrated how architecture can simultaneously act as a singular building and a piece of urban infrastructure’.

Award judge, Royal Academician and curator of the 2018 architecture room Piers Gough, added: ‘This model is a proposition about a multi-level city. It uses forms of transport and movement to make an exhilarating proposition about the future. 

The parliamentary campus of god’s own country

The parliamentary campus of god’s own country

The Parliamentary Campus of God’s Own Country, by Matt Bloomfield

This proposal suggests a public realm that draws me in. Through its verticality it implies something exciting about what a city could be

Judge Mel Dodd, programme director of Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins

‘In terms of the model, the way in which the movement systems project out of the base gives it an interesting dynamic. Physically it is very satisfying and well-made. It has the hand of the architect on it.’

Meanwhile, Part 2 Bartlett student Jerome Ng, whose Memoirs of a Hospice Care Home (Section) was also exhibited in the architecture room, took home one of the two British Institution Awards for Students prizes, winning him £3,000. 

This year’s summer show, featuring 1,300 artworks, has been brought together by chief curator Grayson Perry and coincides with the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations. The annual show at the Piccadilly institution, recently given a £56 million overhaul by David Chipperfield, this year runs in tandem with The Great Spectacle – an exhibition looking back at 250 years of the Summer Exhibition. The show closes on 19 August.

Jerome ng memiors of a hospice carehome

Jerome ng memiors of a hospice carehome

Source: David Parry

Memoirs of a Hospice Care Home (section), by Jerome Ng, British Institution Awards for Students prize-winner


Readers' comments (2)

  • Not sure a parliament and the Yorkshire motto of 'see all, hear all, say nowt' go together- but a great project- looking forward to seeing it (and of course I have transgressed the golden rule already!)

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  • Phil Parker

    Good lad

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