Events and Projects

Art Spaces of the Future



Copyright: Manuel Shvartzberg and Yiannis Kanakakis

The competition was a collaborative venture with Arts Council England that invited the capitals architects to respond to the challenge of creating our arts spaces of the future; spaces which reflect changing lifestyles, expectations and forms of participation, new and developing arts practice, the need to address climate change and issues of sustainability and the move towards more flexible, publicly-engaged buildings.

The competition generated discussion and debate about the possibilities for the future of arts space design and invited conceptual schemes only. Free from the constraints of construction details, the architects are encouraged to be as creative and inventive as possible. Entrants were asked to consider new technologies, flexibility for
other uses, and question the current typology.

For more information on the exhibition contact
Events and Project Manager Antonia Faust

Competition winners

First prize
Art Spaces lead global ecology of ideas, by architects, Manuel Shvartzberg and Yiannis Kanakakis with writer Fabian Faltin. Their winning entry took the form of Financial Times news pages, addressing arts spaces, environmental issues, and challenging the concept of architectural competitions. In the view of the judges the winning entry was: 'A sophisticated challenge to the brief, nailing the real issues…. A very thorough response - positive but critical, a commentary and critique connecting art to the personal, public and political.'

Second prize
David Kohn, Director, David Kohn Associates for Heterotopia. The judges commented that Kohn, had 'seriously taken on the issues raised by the brief and shown a light flexible approach to the Thames Gateway'.

Third prize
Ashley Seaborne, a student at the University of East London for Hoodies, described by the judges as 'ingenious and imaginatively presented'.

The competition formed the basis of an exhibition at the National Theatre in January 2008.






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