The RIBA London Building of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding scheme from the year's award winners. It is given to a building that demonstrates exceptional quality and distinction across all categories, at any scale and in any sector.
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2011 Award winner - Chiswick House Cafe
by Caruso St John Architects
Client: Chiswick House and Gardens Trust
Contractor: Thomas Sinden
Structural Engineer: Gifford
White and pristine in the landscape, with a perimeter arcade and a flat roofline, the Chiswick House Café is a worthy addition to William Kent’s grade 1 landscape.
For a modest building this pavilion has great scale, stature, solidity and permanence. The external colonnade is formed of tall, load-supporting columns made of beautiful white Portland stone with the texture of travertine.
The perimeter arcade is angled almost imperceptibly and the columns openings and windows to the interior are not aligned, meaning that internally the building feels more enclosed. It has captured the classical essence of the Palladian villa but in a completely new way.
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