Architecture studio lead David Leech wins prestigious annual prize and alumnus led practice Teatum + Teatum named People’s Choice.
Date: 11 April 2019
The Conservatory Room, a project by David Leech Architects, whose principal leads Studio 6 on Architecture BA (Hons) (RIBA part 1) at The Cass, has been announced as winner of the AJ (Architects’ Journal) Small Projects award 2019. In the same competition, Teatum + Teatum, a practice led Architecture alumnus James Teatum won the 'people's choice' for their Testone Factory in Sheffield.
The Conservatory Room, by David Leech Architects is an 63m² addition to a terraced house in central Dublin which cost just £49,750 to build. The scheme features distinctive marble tile flooring and columns protruding to hold the cross joisted ceiling structure. The London-based practice, which was set up by former Caruso St John architect David Leech, received £2,500 for the award, which is now in its 24th year and celebrates innovative projects built on a budget of less than £250,000. The jury praised its ’clever use of off-the-shelf elements’ and for expressing ’complex ideas in unexpected ways’.
The practice’s first project, A House in a Garden, won in the House category at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards last year.
Testone Factory by Teatum + Teatum which won The People’s vote is an office, exhibition space, micro gallery and co-working space for the communications agency Peter & Paul, located in Sheffield.
Speaking after his win, Leech said he was ’delighted and surprised’ to win the award for the practice’s second-ever project. He said: ‘There was a common thread through all the projects of looking at things not only pragmatically but experientially and thinking about how to bring delight. It’s a very joyful shortlist.’
Read the full story about the awards and the shortlisted projects in AJ Magazine.
Image: Conservatory Room, St Bridides, by David Leech Architects
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