On a Monday evening in December, at our Shad Thames space, in among Esther Rolinson’s meditative installation, tensions were nonetheless running high with anticipation as an eclectic gathering of architects waited for the announcement of the shortlist for our open call architectural competition.
Over the previous two months, we were accepting submissions for the temporary redevelopment of Anise Workshop in Forest Hill, transforming the space into a hub for art and architectural practices in south-east London.
We received almost 40 submissions for the competition that completely reimagined our Forest Hill space, combining our desired elements of a gallery space and a co-working space, allowing for nomadic and cross-disciplined collaboration between practitioners.
It has been really exciting for us to discover the potential others see in our new space and this made choosing our shortlist very difficult. So many of the submissions were inspiring for us to see. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to apply for the competition and came down for the shortlist announcement, and we hope we’ll see you in our redeveloped space at some point in the future.
For now, we’d like to introduce you to each of the seven teams who were shortlisted on Monday night. Each team will receive a £500 bursary to support the continued development of their proposals and we will be convening with each of them in early 2020 to discuss their plans further, announcing the overall winner later in the year.
Excerpt from the Architects’ Journal:
The line-up is completed by London’s Type3, a joint bid between architect Lucas Facer and Emma Tubbs Studio, recently founded creative studio Parallel Collective and a collaboration between newcomers Whitman Wilde from Bermondsey and Benjamin Hale Architects.”