The Sackler Crossing by John Pawson has won the 2008 Stephen Lawrence Prize
The Stephen Lawrence Prize is sponsored by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation. It commemorates the teenager who was just setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993. It rewards the best examples of projects with a construction budget of less than £1,000,000. In addition to the £5,000 prize money, Marco Goldschmied puts up an additional £5000 to fund the Stephen Lawrence Scholarship at the Architectural Association.
The Stephen Lawrence Prize was set up in 1998 to draw attention to the Stephen Lawrence Trust to assist young black students to study architecture and to reward smaller projects and the creativity required when architects are working with low budgets. The 2008 award was judged by architect Marco Goldschmied and RIBA Honorary Fellow Doreen Lawrence OBE.
Marco Goldschmied, founder of the Marco Goldschmied Foundation said:
"Every so often a project is executed which is so at ease with itself that it seems to have an aura of inevitability about it. The Sackler crossing is one such. It is difficult to imagine this secluded corner of Kew Gardens ever having been without it any more than it is possible to imagine them without the Palm House.
The crossing, which establishes a much-needed new route across the gardens, blends effortlessly into its surroundings. It is a masterly conjuring trick playfully deceiving the eye with light and water as its props. It one of those rare designs where less truly is more: a worthy winner of the 2008 Stephen Lawrence Award from a very strong shortlist."
The other buildings shortlisted for the award were:
East Beach Café by Heatherwick Studio
Classroom of the Future by Gollifer Langston Architects
Cremorne Riverside Centre by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Glass & Timber Houses by Hampson Williams