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London Vauxhall – The Missing Link : Design Ideas Competition
International Architectural Contest, England, UK – Exhibition
7 Jun 2013
The Missing Link Design Ideas Competition Winner
Erect Architecture announced as winners of the RIBA and Vauxhall One’s International Design Competition
erect architecture with J&L Gibbons, London
Following a unanimous verdict from the judges, the winner of the RIBA and Vauxhall One’s international design competition has been announced. London based Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons will now work with Vauxhall One to re-design the public realm in the Vauxhall area of Nine Elms on the South Bank.
Over the last month the three shortlisted entries have had a chance to expand their initial ideas, along with a Green Infrastructure Audit from the Mayor’s Office, before presenting back to the judging panel. In winning the competition Erect Architecture have landed a five year programme of work in which they will work with the Vauxhall One team to realise their plans.
The winning plan demonstrated understanding of the site, history and context, offered exceptional design flair and innovation, and exhibited excellent understanding of Green Infrastructure. In addition the design was quirky and fun. The design entitled The Promenade of Curiosities, focuses on the creation of a Vauxhall Walkway and improvement to the Vauxhall Gardens and Railway Arches.
Chris Law, Public Realm and Development Director for Vauxhall One, commented: “We were absolutely delighted with all the entries. It shows what level of design interest there is in Vauxhall. But the Erect/ J&L Gibbons entry was really special. It has so many quirky and innovative features. We really want to make a difference by regenerating Vauxhall through green and sustainable measures and their entry was outstanding.”
The competition was judged by a panel of high profile figures (including Sue Illman, President of Landscape Institute, Stephen Crisp, Head Gardener to the US Ambassador, Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum and Doreen Lawrence, mother of Stephen Lawrence) and entries were judged on a number of criteria including opportunities for green intervention, inventiveness, viability and complimenting of existing planning to ensure a joined up and considered public realm for the entire area.
The aim is to create a striking new identity for the area in and around Vauxhall – a stretch of land dubbed the ‘Missing Link’ between the new US Embassy and London’s South Bank. Vauxhall is at the heart of Nine Elms on the South Bank, the £15 billion opportunity area between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge which includes Vauxhall town centre, the new US Embassy and Battersea Power Station.
For more information, please visit www.nineelmslondon.com or www.ribacompetitions.com
17 Apr 2013
The Missing Link Design Ideas Competition
Vibrant VoHo – The Missing Link Shortlist revealed
The Judging Panel, which included Doreen Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, met to select the shortlist which was presented at a press briefing hosted by Angela Brady, RIBA President and Dan Pearson, the Award winning landscape designer.
Shortlisted teams in the professional category
Irene Iacolino, Diego Astuto, Daniela Landi & Luigi Rapicavoli, London
Arkilab APS, Denmark
Igor Marko and Francis Moss, Marko & Placemakers, London
Winner of the student category
who commented: ‘We are extremely honoured and excited to have been selected”.
Highly Commended in the student category
Amy Collinson, Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield
Charleen Chae, Drew Finke & Julie Huynh, University of Texas – Austin
Anders Petersen, Aglaia Tsigka, Aniekan Usoro, Yuan Hou, Bin Xia and Chien Ling Cheong, CURe at the School of Architecture, University of Portsmouth
Chris Law, Public Realm and Development Director for the Vauxhall BID commented:
“Vauxhall One and RIBA are absolutely delighted with the submissions. To have so many from all over the world is testament to the interest in Vauxhall and Nine Elms on the South Bank. We hope we can do them justice and make Vauxhall a World Class destination with a great public realm.”
The shortlisted designs are on exhibition at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB and on an Outdoor Trail through the Rail Arches and Parks of Vauxhall until 19th April 2013, 10am – 5pm.
The shortlisted will now be invited to meet with the client and discuss their design proposal in more detail and a winner will be selected at the end of May 2013.
8 Apr 2013
RIBA Vauxhall Design Competition
London Vauxhall Design Ideas Competition – The Missing Link
Exhibition of all Design Entries : 8-19 Apr 2013
100 Entries from 21 countries all over the world were received for the RIBA Vauxhall Design Competition.
Architects and Landscape Designers were asked to put their ‘High Line – High Level Thinking Caps on!’ to design the Public Realm and they did not disappoint.
The rich and colourful designs include Outdoor Lidos in the Thames, Planted Cycleways and Elevated Gardens in the Sky.
Chris Law, Public Ream and Development Director for the Vauxhall BID said; ‘The number and quality of the entries are remarkable. There is a lively variation of ideas and many reoccurring themes. Our aim is to help create a great public realm for Vauxhall.’
Ideas for sustainable transport, walking and cycling, are highly prized, making connections to the river and London’s South Bank a high priority.
Green Infrastructure ideas with new street trees, planting and pocket parks are also highly sought after.
Chris Law continued, ‘The ideas range from the bold imaginative concept, through quirky and fun to the highly practical and innovative. Some are even plainly bonkers. But this just adds to the amazing creative input.’
Vauxhall One, RIBA and The Landscape Institute will exhibit the entries at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB and on an Outdoor Trail through the Rail Arches and Parks of Vauxhall from 8-19th April 2013, 10am – 5pm.
We look forward to hearing everyone’s comments about the design ideas ; comment sheets will be available with the Trail Maps from 8th April.
An online gallery of all entries will be displayed on the competition website http://www.ribacompetitions.com/vauxhallthemissinglink/galleryl
14 Jan 2013
Launch of International Design Ideas Competition London Vauxhall – The Missing Link
RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce the launch of a new international design competition for Vauxhall on London’s South Bank.
Two copies of a single A1 board (one laminated for outdoor use) containing design ideas are required for stage one and it is the intention to shortlist 3 schemes for the second stage with each shortlisted entrant receiving honoraria of £2,000 + VAT.
There will also be a prize for the best student entry of £500.
All entries will be exhibited during April 2013 at both the Garden Museum and on an outdoor cultural trail through the parks and railway arches of Vauxhall.
12 Mar 2013 – closing date for Stage 1 submissions – now launched
London Vauxhall The Missing Link Competition – external link to RIBA Competition website
18 Dec 2012
London Vauxhall – The Missing Link
International Design Ideas Competition
London Vauxhall – The Missing Link
International Design Ideas Competition, England
RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce details of an exciting new competition launching in January 2013.
The Vauxhall area of London is at the heart of an area of huge new opportunity and Vauxhall One, the new Business Improvement District (BID) for Vauxhall are seeking design ideas to improve and enhance the public realm in Vauxhall, providing the ‘Missing Link’ between the New US Embassy Quarter and London’s South Bank.
The competition is open to registered architects, landscape architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines worldwide. As with the New York ‘High Line’ competition multi-disciplinary design teams are encouraged.
It is the intention that all entries received for the competition will be exhibited during April 2013 at both the Garden Museum and an outdoor cultural trail through the parks and railway arches of Vauxhall.
Chris Law, Public Realm and Development Director at Vauxhall One said: “Vauxhall is changing fast and the public realm is critical. We want to create sustainable green links through the district and on to the river Thames. We want to connect the New American Embassy to London’s South Bank with new green and cultural trails, which tell the story of the area’s rich and colourful past in the architectural and landscape language of the Twenty First Century. We’re looking for creative design innovation.”
The competition will launch on 14 January 2013 when the competition website www.ribacompetitions.com/vauxhallthemissinglink will go live. The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 12 March 2013.
RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run competitive selection processes. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competitions
For more details about the London Vauxhall – The Missing Link competition or to enter please visit www.ribacompetitions.com
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London Vauxhall Architecture
Buildings close to the site:
US Embassy London
image © KieranTimberlake/studio amd
image from architect
Battersea Power Station Design
picture of proposals
One Nine Elms
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
image from Wandsworth Council
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