The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has announced the shortlist for an international competition to design its first net zero carbon building at 35 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Expressions of interest were sought for the creation of a new academic building of 12,540m2 GEA, which will house conference facilities, executive education, a data science institute and associated academic departments and the Firoz Lalji Africa Institute.
LSE received responses from over 100 architectural practices from across the world, either as sole entrants or as part of multi-faceted teams.
The jury panel comprising Julian Robinson, Sir David Higgins, Firoz Lalji, Professor Ricky Burdett and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects shortlisted six teams to produce design proposals for the +£100m project.
The shortlist is:
- Alison Brooks with Studio Contra (Nigeria)
- David Chipperfield with Feix and Merlin
- Dorte Mandrup (DNK) and John Robertson Architects
- Feilden Clegg Bradley with Lendager (DNK)
- Hall McKnight
- John McAslan + Partners with Tod Williams/Billie Tsien Architects (US) and Marina Tabassum (Bangladesh)
Cindy Walters, RIBA Architect Adviser to LSE, said: “This competition has attracted interest from architectural practices of the highest calibre from around the world. The shortlist is a rich and balanced mix of extraordinary architectural talent, who have all placed environmental sustainability front and centre of their aspirations for the project. The selection process has been rigorous and inclusive and reflects the ambition of the exceptional client that the LSE has become.”
The shortlisted teams will present their proposals to the jury panel in mid-May 2022.
Previous winners of LSE Design competitions include: Grimshaw, O’Donnell +Tuomey, RHSP and Grafton Architects.