Latitude Architects have won an international competition to design new residential accommodation for students studying at Atlantic College, Wales. Latitude's design was chosen from over 90 entries in a competition which attracted interest from all over the world.
Competitors were set the challenge of designing 4 new housing blocks, each one to house 40 students. Designs had to reflect the College's vision of a more dynamic and open environment for student life - Atlantic College is one of ten United World Colleges, a global education movement which brings together students from all over the world at pre-university level. The College is set in beautiful welsh countryside and at the heart of daily college life is the stunning 12th century St Donat's Castle.
Following an anonymous first stage assessment a judging panel which included the college principal, houseparent and student representative, 6 designs were selected to stage 2: by Oslo based practice div.A Architects; Maccreanor Lavington; Buschow Henley; Livesey O'Malley Architects; Graeme Massie Architects; and Latitude.
Commenting on the winning design Roger Hawkins, RIBA adviser and chair of the judges said: "Latitude gave a responsive solution which offered views from all bedrooms and balanced privacy with a requirement for openness to promote interaction between blocks. The scheme was clearly planned, astute to sustainable issues and used local materials in a modern and thoughtful way". Malcolm McKenzie, Principal of the College added: "A competition of such diversity and high standards has stimulated our whole community community and the result will inspire us. The combination of Welsh and international flavours in the winning design is exactly right for Atlantic College."
The scheme by Norwegian practice (and ex-Atlantic College students) div.A Architects was chosen as runner-up.
Latitude will now work closely with the College to work up their winning concept.
For further information on the competition and the winning design contact the RIBA Competitions Office - 0113 2341335 or visit www.ribacompetitions.com.