Tuesday, August 18, 2009

London Bridge 800 Ideas Competition

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently announced the winners of the London Bridge 800 Ideas Competition:

1st Prize – Laurie Chetwood, Chetwoods, London
Laurie Chetwood, Chetwoods, London
2nd Prize – Lawrence Friesen, GenGeo, Ilona Hay, London
Lawrence Friesen, GenGeo, Ilona Hay, London
3rd Prize – Ryszard Rychlicki, student, Poznan, Poland
Ryszard Rychlicki, student, Poznan, Poland
Organized on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA), a Livery Company of the City of London, the competition marks the 800th anniversary of the opening of the first London Bridge in 1209AD. The competition invited today’s designers to imagine a new version of the inhabited bridge.

The competition received an exceptional response with a total of 73 entries received from architects and students of architecture from all over the world. Submissions came from the UK, Europe and as far afield as the USA, Argentina, China, Hong Kong and South Africa.

The judging panel, which included Richard Saxon CBE, journalist Peter Murray, Colette O’Shea of Land Securities, and Ian Head, Master of the WCCA, described Laurie Chetwood‘s scheme as ‘beautifully presented, wildly imaginative and a unanimous first choice’.

Here are some more London Bridge 800 competition entries:
Abdel Saadi, Keith Harbinson, WDR & RT Taggart
Chris van Niekerk, The Fold Architecture
Jonathan Schwinge, Corinna Simon, Schwinge and Simon
Peter Sebes, Marta Fritsch
Rocker-Lange Architects
Ruben Eduardo Gomes, Marcal Lica

Images: RIBA


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