Black Cultural Archives, Brixton

Zaha Hadid, the world-famous architect behind the London Aquatic Centre and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery collected the award for New Londoner of the Year for her contributions to the London design industry through her work, both in the UK and abroad, and her role as a champion of design to both the government and the general public alike.

The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton saw off stiff competition from much larger new-build developments to be crowned London’s best new building. The project saved the historic Raleigh Hall from demolition and created a new home for BCA’s extensive archives dedicated to black heritage in the UK. This sensitive restoration proves that true design innovation can be found when saving a building from demolition and repurposing it for the local community.

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