Triple success for London Met tutors at RIBA Awards 2016
DSDHA Directors Deborah Saunt and David Hills, who teach on the Postgraduate Diploma Unit 11: Cultural Infrastructure at The Cass, have been awarded the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional Award 2016 for three of their most recent projects.
The trio of projects – Corner House, Davenies School and Covert House – were commended by judges for their striking designs.
Corner House – a beautiful six-storey, mixed-use brickwork building for Derwent London – was defined by judges as an "exemplar of how apparent ordinariness can be lifted to an enjoyable and delightful piece of townscape and equally a place to live in Fitzrovia, Central London."
Davenies School is a sensitive yet "uncompromisingly contemporary" extension for this progressive school in Beaconsfield, where waney edge craftsmanship meets the precision of a prefabricated timber system. It was described as "a robust and joyful scheme which challenges the notion of what education buildings are and can be."
Covert House – an experimental, semi-underground concrete cottage in a backland site in Central London – was deemed a “brilliant response to planning issues, providing a model for sensitive densification”