AJ Small Projects 2012

8th February 2012

“From a garage-based studio for Antony Gormley to an island sauna, the Architects' Journal Small Projects awards celebrates architecture built with a budget of £250,000 or less. The winner of the prize was Jack Woolley's clandestine Old Workshop..."

"An almost invisible live/work scheme on the site of a former carpenter’s workshop has won this year’s AJ Small Projects Awards. Described by the judges as ‘delightful’ and a ‘superb use of a found site’, Jack Woolley's £232,000 Old Workshop in London was handed the £1,000 first prize at a ceremony on Wednesday night at the NLA.
The office and home, with its ‘hidden’ door built into the brickwork of an existing wall, saw off schemes by 24 shortlisted practices, which all had a build cost of £250,000 or less.
The jury was impressed by how the architect, who only set up practice in early 2010, has brought light into the basement spaces with a walk-on roof light , and reused roof trusses for the kitchen cabinetry...
This year for the first time, all the finalists presented their projects to the judges for two minutes during a special day of ‘supercrits’.” (AJ 16.02.12)
“A project to rehabilitate a run down carpenter’s workshop set behind an old wall that links two 19th-century terraces by doubling the inhabitable space and converting the building into live/work accommodation. The renovation manages not to compromise the integrity of the landscape or the existing wall, which was pierced to create a subtle but dramatic new main entrance that is integrated into the brickwork, visible only as a rectangular witness line. A new basement level was offset horizontally to allow daylight to penetrate through the structural walk on rooflights running along its length. Materials salvaged from the derelict structure were used in the restoration “ (AJ 19.01.12)