The Final Piece in the LSE Jigsaw
22 March 2016
The six anonymous concepts have been revealed for LSE's proposed new £100 million building in Lincoln's Inn Fields.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) have revealed six unnamed concept designs that have been shortlisted for their new building in the south west corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields. The last of the buildings that Cancer Research UK will vacate on London’s largest garden square, 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, will be replaced by what LSE hope will become “a seminal University building&rdquo$$ named after Paul Marshall, a major benefactor of the LSE.
The six designs have been whittled down from 87 entries and, for the purposes of the architectural competition, all the shortlisted designs will remain anonymous. We do, however, know the names of the shortlisted practices (just not who designed what!) and it’s a truly stellar cast of international architects:-
- AL_A, London (website)
- David Chipperfield Architects, London (website)
- Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Penoyre & Prasad, New York & London (Diller Scofidio + Renfro) (Penoyre & Prasad)
- Grafton Architects, Dublin, Ireland (website)
- Herzog & de Meuron Architects, Basel, Switzerland & London (website)
- Niall McLaughlin Architects + Scott Brownrigg, London (Niall McLaughlin Architects) (Scott Brownrigg)
This contest is the third major RIBA-backed competition run by the LSE for landmark schemes on and around its Aldwych centred campus. This further underlines the fantastic impact on urban regeneration and promotion of high quality design that the various Universities in Midtown are leading. LSE have played a huge part in shaping this area of Midtown and they aren't holding back on the shortlisted designs (view gallery).
The public were invited to select and vote for their favourite designs and finalists will present their schemes to the judging panel in mid-April, with a winner to be announced shortly after. With some truly stand-out designs amongst the shortlist, we can't wait to see who wins.