Small Projects, Big Ideas: 'Scale and Ambition' arrives at The Architecture Centre
By AnnaClark | Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 12:02
As part of its 'Brit Arch' season, The Architecture Centre will be hosting the exhibition 'Scale and Ambition' from Wednesday 8 August.
Architects' Journal Small Projects Winner 2012. Old Workshop - an 'invisible house' by Jack Woolley. Photo David Grandorge
Celebrating excellent design on a budget of £250,000 or less, Scale and Ambition comprises the 24 shortlisted projects for the Architects' Journal Small Projects Awards, organised in association with Marley Eternit.
The winning project was Jack Woolley's Old Workshop, an office and home with a door hidden into the brickwork of an exterior wall. Commended projects include Carmody Groarke's Artist's Workshop – built in London for Anthony Gormley to a budget of £35,000. NEX's Times Eureka Garden and Pavilion, originally a Silver medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2011, won the £750 Small Projects Sustainability Award.
Rob Gregory, Programme Manager, said: "The Architects' Journal Small Projects Awards supports the Architecture Centre's ambition to change the public perception of what constitutes a work of architecture. It is not all about large scale or expensive projects.
"This exhibition rewards investment in design, by considering work at the smallest scale. It rewards architects and clients who have achieved design excellence at competitive prices. Good design should be within everyone's means, regardless of the project budget."
Arriving in Bristol following a run at London's Building Centre, Scale and Ambition is open from 8 August – 16 September, and has been specially extended with additional exhibits, sponsored by Marley Eternit and Mustard, the Bristol-based national architecture and design recruitment agency.
A special panel discussion will be taking place on Tuesday 11 September, in which the winning and commended practices will present their work, before collectively discussing the relationship between scale and ambition for architects in today's economically challenging times.
Chaired by Awards jury member Keith Bradley, of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the forum will be of interest to architects, clients and small-scale developers alike. Presentations will be given by overall winner Jack Woolley, Alan Dempsey of NEX and commended practices Ewan Cameron Architects and Carmody Groarke.