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.
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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