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Ordinary and Heroic: London Housing Scheme is up for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award

Alison Brooks, who designed The Smile (showcased during the London Design Festival 2016) is now a finalist in this year’s Mies Van Der Rohe Award for her housing scheme, Ely Court. This is a 43-dwelling mixed-tenure scheme for the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan on behalf of Brent Council.

Stephen Bates, architect and Chairman of the Jury said: “Our instincts could be summed up by the words of Peter Smithson: ‘things need to be ordinary and heroic at the same time’. We were looking for an ordinariness whose understated lyricism is full of potential”.

The jury must decide between five finalists: Alison Brooks for Ely Court; Lundgaard and Tranberg Architects’ church building in Ribe, that shelters 12th century ruins; NL Architects and XVW Architectuur’s Amsterdam housing block; BBGK’s Architektci’s Warsaw museum; and French practice Rudy Ricciotti’s memorial in Rivesaltes.

The Mies Van Der Rohe prize goes to the best building constructed in the previous two years by a European architect. The jury will now visit all five buildings to make their difficult final decision. The winner will receive £51,000 and be celebrated in a ceremony at the Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona in May 2017.

deFlat Kleiburg, Amsterdam, by NL Architects and XVW Architectuur
deFlat Kleiburg, Amsterdam, by NL Architects and XVW Architectuur
Ely Court, London, by Alison Brooks Architects
Ely Court, London, by Alison Brooks Architects
Kannikegården, Ribe, by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Kannikegården, Ribe, by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Katyn Museum, Warsaw, by BBGK Architekci
Katyn Museum, Warsaw, by BBGK Architekci
Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, Rivesaltes/Ribesaltes, by Rudy Ricciotti
Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, Rivesaltes/Ribesaltes, by Rudy Ricciotti

Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.