RIBA London Awards 2017: 163 homes, a museum and a school

Three Allies and Morrison projects have been shortlisted in this year’s RIBA London Awards: Lock Keepers in Bromley-by-Bow, the hollandgreen development (incorporating the Design Museum) in Kensington and a new building for King’s College School in Wimbledon.

Homes – Lock Keepers

This new residential development for the Peabody Trust provides 109 homes, the majority of units affordable and intermediate, in Bromley-by-Bow in the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area in east London. Set on the location of a former Sun Flower Mill, these three new buildings respond to the waterside warehouse setting in both form and tone.

Homes and a museum – Hollandgreen (with OMA and John Pawson)

This project was a collaboration that brought together leading talents in design to re-animate the southern edge of Holland Park. An architectural team of OMA and Allies and Morrison created 54 high specified apartments within three striking new buildings on the site of the former Commonwealth Institute while undertaking a meticulous restoration of the Institute’s distinctive Parobola-like exhibition building. John Pawson subsequently created a series of calm public galleries and spaces within, now home to the Design Museum.

School – King’s College School

This new building provides six classrooms, administration and meeting space as well as a double-height multi-use hall for a successful independent school in southwest London. Completing a new courtyard garden, the building’s distinctive pitched roof and materiality recognises the composition and aesthetics of its 19th century campus.