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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners wins LSE Global Centre for Social Sciences competition
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 |

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has just been revealed as the winner of the RIBA and London School of Economics competition to design the LSE's New Global Centre for Social Sciences.

Rogers Stirk Harbour won the £90 million (US$145M) project against finalists OMA (The Netherlands); Grafton Architects (Ireland); Heneghan Peng (Ireland); and Hopkins Architects (UK). Bustler had previously featured the shortlisted entries.

Check out the winning proposal below.

Aerial View of LSE Square by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Aerial View of LSE Square by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

From the RIBA announcement we have received:

"The brief for the new Centre called for world-class architecture which matches LSE’s international academic reputation. The brief also specified the need to demolish and redevelop of a number of existing buildings on Houghton Street and Clare Market on the School’s Aldwych campus."

LSE Square

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LSE Square

"Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE, chaired the Jury Panel which made the final decision after presentations from the five shortlisted teams. He commented:

'From an extremely strong field of submissions, LSE has chosen Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to create a new structure at the heart of our campus. They have designed beautiful, dynamic buildings around the world and they offered an elegant, thoughtful submission to this competition. RSHP grasped that this would be a building at once for the university and for the city, an enhancement to public as well as academic space. My colleagues and I are delighted that the RSHP team will now work with us to complete the design and add to the excitement of our terrific London location.'"

View from departmental tea point and relaxation area.

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View from departmental tea point and relaxation area.

Collaboration and study spaces within the atrium.

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Collaboration and study spaces within the atrium.

"Director of Estates and Jury Panel Member Julian Robinson said: 'Each of the five proposals gave us pause for thought with innovative design responses. We intend this to be a seminal piece of university architecture so it was important we took time to get the decision right. The RSHP proposal goes beyond the School’s brief by giving us a new public square in the heart of the campus. We are looking forward to developing the designs with the RSHP team and are confident that the result will produce a highly sustainable and outstanding piece of architecture.'"

Active atrium space

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Active atrium space

"Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner leading the project at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, said 'We are excited to be working with the LSE and we look forward to an open dialogue with the school, so that together we can create the best environment possible for the university and its students. Our new addition to the campus will enrich the urban context and reflect the essence of the LSE.'"

The atrium is a creative hive offering a range of spaces suited to different moods and activities all in the highest quality environment.

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The atrium is a creative hive offering a range of spaces suited to different moods and activities all in the highest quality environment.

"As part of the decision making process, a public exhibition was held where LSE staff, students and visitors were able to vote for their favourite design from the shortlist. This vote was taken into consideration by the School's jury panel when they met. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners won the public vote by an overwhelming margin."

Ground floor campus plan.

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Ground floor campus plan.

Images courtesy of RIBA - LSE New Global Centre for Social Sciences competition.

Browse the thumbnails below to see additional diagrams and click here to see the winning design board in detail (PDF).

Ground floor plan. Image courtesy of RIBA. Floor plans. Image courtesy of RIBA. Cross section through the building. Image courtesy of RIBA. M&E strategy diagram. Image courtesy of RIBA.


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