Of the six projects on the shortlist for this year’s prize, which includes buildings by Niall McLaughlin Architects, Hopkins Architects and Henley Halebrown, four are located in London with the other two in Cambridge and Falkirk, Scotland.
The list includes a school, a college campus and an art and community centre (pictured above).
While the list contains no previous winners, Reiach and Hall Architects, Hopkins Architects and Niall McLaughlin Architects have all been shortlisted three times before and Henley Halebrown once.
In other UK news, British car brand Aston Martin has unveiled a Peter Saville-designed update to its winged logo. The legendary designer made “subtle but necessary” changes to the Aston Martin wings, removing a semi-circular line that ran through the earlier version.
“Subtle but necessary enhancements not only keep forms fresh, but allow for new technologies, situations and applications to be accommodated in the future,” Saville said.
Architect Frank Gehry’s latest building, a skyscraper duo named The Grand, opened in Los Angeles this week across from his famous Walt Disney Concert Hall. The complex will house residences, retail spaces and the Conrad Los Angeles hotel.
Though the Walt Disney Concert Hall is often seen as an example of the deconstructivist architecture style, Gehry “never considered himself a deconstructivist,” his spokesperson told Dezeen.
In design news this week, London-based designer Es Devlin created an illuminated metal ring for French fashion house Saint Laurent’s Spring Summer 2023 show in the Moroccan desert.
The perforated metal ring, which was illuminated across its inner edge, twisted and emitted artificial mist. Devlin also designed the rest of the set, including a mirror-clad colonnade that surrounded rows of dusty red, stone-like stools and a circular pond at its centre.
Also in fashion, luxury brand Balenciaga unveiled its collaboration with audio brand Bang & Olufsen, the Speaker Bag that plays music.
“This innovative device is part bag, part Bluetooth sound system,” said Balenciaga. “It can be used as a portable speaker, a functional purse, or both, as a true hybrid product.”
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