New London Architecture

Inspiring Working Environments

Monday 16 November 2020

Current winners
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David Taylor

David Taylor

Editor, NLQ

The Working category concerned itself with a wide variety of schemes from office buildings and interiors to co-working hubs and affordable workspaces for making and manufacturing. It encompasses new build and adaptive reuse, with big budget offerings alongside low-cost ‘minnows’. The jurors said they could not ignore the pervasive pandemic lens’ but that pre-COVID good design features should provide resilience now. 

Themes emerged across the schemes including the use of diverse ranges of spaces and flexible floor plates, energy storage and low-energy features, user experience and wellbeing issues, unusual financial models of leasing, placemaking and use of materials, all expressed with a great concern for carbon impacts. 

Quotes from the international Jury

Poplar Works
Andreas Ruby: ‘An amazing project. It’s not just beautifully made; what is really striking about this is the way in which it addresses an otherwise difficult site and makes it an exciting site. There’s a beauty of pragmatism in it that I find very poetic’. ‘It has potential in sparking other people’s imaginations as to how to use other sites that seem equally underwhelming’

Old Paradise Street
Benjamin Prosky: ‘Old Paradise Street has a lot of potential; the green cladding and the way it runs along the railway. I’d love to see how it actually turns out’

Highly Commended

York House, Islington by dMFK Architects, de Metz Forbes Knight Architects

WORK SHORTLISTED PROJECTS

From office buildings and interiors to co-working hubs and affordable workspaces for making and manufacturing – new projects that create inspiring working environments.

160 Old Street, Islington by Orms
8 Union Square, Tower Hamlets by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Brunel Building, Westminster by Fletcher Priest
Central House, Tower Hamlets by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Elsley, Westminster by Burwell Architects
International House Brixton, Lambeth by 3Space
Jonathan Tuckey Design Architectural Studio, Hammersmith by Jonathan Tuckey Design
King’s Cross P2, Camden by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Old Paradise Street, Lambeth by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Plumtree Court, City of London by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Adamson Associates, Gensler, Perkins & Will, Adjaye Associates, AL_A, Citterio-Viel, UNStudio
Poplar Works, Tower Hamlets by Adams & Sutherland
Tailoring Academy, Haringey by Jan Kattein Architects
x+why, People's Mission Hall, Tower Hamlets by Squire & Partners
York House, Islington by dMFK Architects, de Metz Forbes Knight Architects
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Editor, NLQ


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