Over £30,000 in prize funds awarded across three categories at the Bespoke Access Awards
At a special event at the Palace of Westminster, Motionspot & Ryder Architecture were announced the winners of the inaugural Bespoke Access Awards, a competition to design fully accessible hotel rooms, run in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Motionspot & Ryder Architecture's winning entry, 'AllGo’, is a unique, universalised approach to hotel room design system to ensure that all hotel rooms are functional, flexible and accessible.
”The AllGo system immediately caught our collective eye as a unique approach to disabled facilities in hotels”, commented Baroness Celia Thomas, Chair of the Judging Panel. “The whole design was exactly the type of fresh perspective we were hoping to inspire when we launched the competition, and we were not disappointed.”
“We always hoped the competition would encourage designers to move away from the overly medicalised, heavy-handed approach many businesses have taken when addressing accessibility in the past”, added Jane Duncan, RIBA President. “Throughout the process, we were hugely impressed with both the attitude and creativity of the entrants, who brought precisely the kind of positivity and fresh outlook we were hoping for.”
“We were delighted both with the quality of entries and diversity of their origin”, said Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels. “Our aim was always to ignite the creativity of designers and architects around the world, and we were hugely impressed by both the diversity of submissions and the gusto with which they embraced the challenges set.”
The competition attracted entries from around the world including submissions from Germany, Russia, Hong Kong and Canada. Entrants competed across a range of categories, including Product and Service Design, as well as the Celia Thomas Prize, worth £20,000 and believed to be the largest cash prize in the UK for a design concept.
The entries were judged by a panel which included Paralympic gold medalist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Stirling Prize-winning architect Alan Stanton, and Baroness Celia Thomas herself, convened in the Autumn to assess the submissions.
Full list of winners:
Motionspot & Ryder Architecture, London
Winners of the Celia Thomas Prize
PH Partnership Architects Ltd, Co. Durham
Winners of the Product Design Category
Rawstudio Ltd, London
Commended Entrants in the Product Design Category
Paul Cahillane Studio, London
Winners of the Service Design Category
Pentan Architects, Cardiff
Commended Entrants in the Service Design Category
Sepia Design Consultants Ltd, Hong Kong
Full list of judges:
Robin Sheppard, Chairman, Bespoke Hotels Group
Celia, Baroness Thomas of Winchester, House of Lords
Alan Stanton OBE, Stanton Williams
Tanni, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Paralympic Gold Medallist, House of Lords
Rory Coonan, RIBA honorary fellow, Director of Architecture at the Arts Council of Great Britain (1992-97)
David Day, Senior Designer, Seymour Powell
Press information: Sam Sheppard
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Posted on Monday 5th December 2016