Superb modernist take on country house wins 2017 overall Schueco excellence award

On 22 June 2017 on the 42nd Floor of London’s Leadenhall Building, a superb private residence was announced as the winner of both the Overall Schueco Excellence Award and the Individual House category in this year’s Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation.

Organised by Schueco UK in association with RIBA Journal, the Schueco Excellence Awards, now in their fourth year, were set up to identify and celebrate the very best in building design incorporating Schueco systems in Great Britain and Eire, supported by evidence of creative collaboration between all members of the build team.

The winning entry, a stunning residence for a private client, is set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. It was designed by Richard Meier of the US-based practice, Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP. The first domestic commission in the UK for this renowned modernist, the property offers a whole new take on the traditional country house.

The judges found themselves impressed by ‘the rigorous framing demonstrates the potential of beautifully designed and constructed details … the glazed elements create a fantastic sculptural piece with transparency and audacity’.

The winners in the other Award categories were: Two Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, London (Commercial Building and Steel Project); Newport Street Gallery, London (Cultural Building); The David Attenborough Building, University of Cambridge (Education Building); Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit, Londonderry, Northern Ireland (Health Building);Murray Road, Wimbledon (Individual House Improvement); 234 Bath Road, Slough Trading Estate (Refurbishment Project); Tapestry, King’s Cross (Residential Project); Alumet Systems (UK) – Specialist Contractor.

The judges felt that Alumet Systems merited the Specialist Contractor Award for an outstanding performance which at one point saw the company running three major London residential contracts simultaneously. The projects in question were the 48-storey Baltimore Tower at Canary Wharf, the Merano Residences in Vauxhall and Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey.

In addition to the outright winners in each category, Brighton College Music School, Brighton was commended in the Education category and two London houses, one in Hackney and one in Clapham, were commended in the Individual House Improvement category.

The panel of judges for the 2017 Awards consisted of Chair, Eleanor Young (executive editor of RIBA Journal); Steven Kennedy (associate principal at Grimshaw); Steve Mudie (partner specialising in façades at alinea consulting); Pankaj Patel (founding director at Patel Taylor Architects); Paul Savidge (managing director of Wintech) and Cindy Walters (director and co-founder of Walters & Cohen Architects).

For further information on any aspect of the 2017 Schueco Excellence Awards, please email mkinfobox(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)schueco.com.