Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Jobs from the past - Number 19

Regular followers of this blog will know that my first post of every month is a "job from the past" so that I can show some of the really good work from years gone by. Here's one from 2006...

RIBA - Crown Estate Conservation Award 2006

The Crown Estate Conservation Award is made to the architects of the best work of conservation which demonstrates successful restoration of an architecturally significant building. The shortlist is selected from the conservation schemes to have won RIBA Awards in that year. The £5000 prize is the most prestigious in conservation architecture and was established in 1998 with The Crown Estate sponsoring it since that year.

The 2005 award was won by Avanti Architects for the conservation of the iconic Grade I listed Isokon apartments in London, NW3 and that is the (superb) image used on the cover of the 2006 awards booklet.
This is not a big flashy job. It's purpose is simply to list the five shortlisted entries. The flat size is 297x315mm folding up to form a 12pp A6 finished size piece. Nothing too elaborate, just functional, well designed and printed. The paper chosen for the job was our Neptune Unique 120gsm. Reproduction is good and it folded well.
Design is by The Small Back Room based in London and the designer on the project was Phillip Southgate (who has since moved and now lives and works near Bristol). Printing was by Crucial Colour based in Tunbridge Wells. The image below shows the 12pp folded out with a folded version placed in the middle:
...and there's even a small piece of personal interest in the job (for me anyway!). One of the projects (also by Avanti Architects) shortlisted for this award, was the restoration of a Grade II listed modernist house called Harbour Meadow in Birdham.  Originally designed by Peter Moro and Richard Llewelyn Davies in the late 1930s, this was actually built for the grandparents of one of my friends from school - a little known fact is that Peter Moro was interned during the war not least because he was of German descent but also because intelligence officers claimed that the recently constructed house, if viewed from the air, resembled half a Swastika and could be used for navigation by Nazi bombers! Mr. Tawse vouched for him and also persuaded the authorities that the aerial 'half swastika' was a ridiculous idea and the architect was finally released in 1941. You can see more of this house: http://www.avantiarchitects.co.uk/#/proj_9

Harbour Meadow, Birdham
Photo: Nick Kane
RIBA: http://www.architecture.com/
Posted by Justin Hobson 03.05.2011

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