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The Pitzhanger Hub wins 2024 RIBA London Award.

We are thrilled to announce that the Pitzhanger Hub, known as the Rachel Darroch Room, at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery has won the prestigious 2024 RIBA London Award! This recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects, awarded to buildings across the UK for their significant contribution to architecture, is a testament to the work of Jo Townshend Architects. It is their design which so beautifully embodies Sir John Soane, the architect of Pitzhanger and his visionary spirit. 

The RIBA Regional Jury praised Jo Townshend’s ability to address the question “What would Soane do today?” and innovative and sustainable approach. They noted how the building “draws inspiration from Soane’s innovative principals, incorporating various motifs such as buildings within buildings, lanterns and the play of light“. 

The Jury also praised the timber ceiling, reminiscent of Soane’s famous ‘handkerchief ceilings’ found in Pitzhanger Manor. This design creates an undulating ‘ceiling-scape’, formed by a series of vertical fins spanning the width of the building. Above, a glazed lantern sits over the existing masonry walls, allowing natural daylight to suffuse the interior and creating a serene and inviting atmosphere.

“It was a pleasure to work with Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust to provide a welcoming space for the network of Pitzhanger’s volunteers and the local community in Ealing, and we hope it sets a precedent for what can be achieved on a compact backland site.”

Jo Townshend, Director of Jo Townshend Architects

“We are delighted with this intelligent and sensitive interpretation of our brief to reflect Soane’s continued architectural inspiration as one of the most innovative architects of his time. Jo Townshend Architects, Webb Yates Engineers, Aecom and the full project team have championed beautiful design by creating an elegant, modern, and welcoming space which will significantly enhance our volunteer and community experience at Pitzhanger.”

Clare Gough, Director of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery

We are delighted with this award and the recognition it brings to everyone who worked so hard to make it a reality.

Architect:Jo Townshend Architect
Client:Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust
Structural Engineer:WebbYates Engineers
Other Consultants:Aecom Engineers (Feasibility & Concept Design),
CNC Projects (CNC Plywood Fins),
Studio Dekka Ltd (Lighting)
Principal Designer:Jo Townshend Architects
Approved Building Inspector:Ealing Council
Main contractor:JK London Construction Ltd

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