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Young practice wins AF Institute of Psychoanalysis contest

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Casswell Bank has won an Architecture Foundation contest for a £600,000 overhaul of the Institute of Psychoanalysis in west London

Set up less than a year ago, the practice beat Roz Barr Architects, Matheson Whiteley with Simon Jones Studio, and Timothy Smith and Jonathan Taylor to win the high-profile commission.

The phased project, which is planned to complete in 2017, will upgrade the institute’s child and adolescent consulting rooms and redevelop its 150-capacity Sigmund Freud lecture theatre.

Improvements to the archive and reception area inside the Shirland Road headquarters – known as Byron House – will also be delivered.

The project is part of the institute’s plans to encourage more young people to study psychoanalysis. They also want the ability to earn extra revenue from hosting events.

Aimed at emerging practices, the competition was only open to AF members established in the past decade.

Casswell Bank – led by design tutors at the CASS, London Metropolitan University Alex Bank and Sam Casswell – was the youngest of all the finalists.

The studio opened last summer after winning a contest for a £25,000 shed at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, which is now nearing completion.

Competition judges included Jeremy Dixon of Dixon Jones Architects, Tim Pitman of Pitman Tozer Architects and AF director Ellis Woodman.

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