Beam Drives Wedge into the Community!
Wakefield based company Beam are delighted to announce the winner of their international design competition - Mobile!
Threefold Architects in collaboration with the Jason Bruges Studios emerged triumphant against fierce competition from other shortlisted practices, Atmos Studio Ltd and Cottrell and Vermeulen.
Beam launched the search to find a design for an innovative, dynamic and highly interactive mobile facility that would stimulate creative engagement, learning and participation earlier this year. The competition received over 40 international entries. It has been funded by Arts Council England and CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), with the support of Wakefield MDC and the RIBA.
The panel of judges, which was headlined by international designer Wayne Hemingway and independent architectural advisor Irena Bauman, commented on the very high standard of work from all three short-listed practices in the face of a demanding brief.
Threefold and Jason Bruges Studio's winning concept is for an unfolding wedge-shaped structure that offers exterior and interior spaces as well as a 'place portraits' concept --- information technology that 'gathers' information about the sites it travels to. The judging panel felt that Threefold and Jason Bruges exhibited a real grasp of the challenge Beam had thrown down – for a practical, multi-functional facility to get right to the heart of communities, engaging people in the places where they live, work and play – and to do it with delight!
The winning practice will now go on to work closely with Beam and its advisors on a detailed design ready for fabrication. Sponsors to help see the project through to completion are being actively sought.
Beam Executive Director and Panel member Robert Powell said: "It's been a real privilege for all of us to see the creative approaches of all three shortlisted practices. Threefold and Jason Bruges Studio's 'Wedge' concept is a worthy winner and we are looking forward to working with them on the next stage. Their concept addresses the practical requirements of the brief but also possesses the ambiguous qualities of art that will arouse curiosity and create impact. Their team's approach exemplifies Beam's aims as an organisation bringing together the fields of art, architecture, learning, and public engagement."