PAD studio are delighted to announce making the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2014 shortlist. The Exbury Egg is listed with 5 other outstanding projects by 6A Architects, DSDHA, Gillespie Yunnie Architects, VPPR Architects & Denizen Works. PAD studio will be attending the RIBA Stirling Prize party on 16 October where the winners will be announced.
The Stephen Lawrence Prize, sponsored by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million. The prize, set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.
The Egg is a collaborative project between the artists and the architects, after the artist was inspired by a nest full of eggs. It has been created through partnership between the artist and local craftsmen using age-old boat building techniques; becoming an object of art in itself. The cladding gives a unique pattern to the structure which is different on every angle and forever changing. This small but spacious structure houses the bed, wet room, and a desk space for the artist to sufficiently live for a year. The egg shape must have given the design team many challenges including the restrictions of buoyancy which clearly requires specialist technical expertise. It is very clear that the team had complimenting skill areas between themselves to execute this very successful and very individual project. Deniz Beck
Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied said: “The standard and range of projects eligible for shortlisting in 2014 was higher than ever and is proof of the very high standard of (mostly young) practices undertaking commissions under £1m. The UK's dysfunctional planning system gets no better with the passing of time. It is testament to the ingenuity and persistence of the profession that planning permission for original designs in urban and sensitive rural sites is still obtainable. The shortlisting jury this year included the last three year's winners of the Stephen Lawrence Prize. After lengthy debate, we are delighted with the outcome. It is certain to produce an excellent winner.”
Over the last year The Exbury Egg has been shortlisted 7 times winning 3 awards: