The Cooperage by Chris Dyson Architects has scooped the RIBA London Award.
Chris Dyson, Principal of Chris Dyson Architects commented, “These awards are a testament to the spirit of collaboration and teamwork that exemplified the project. The Cooperage is a special building.” The Cooperage was selected from 215 entries and a shortlist of 85 schemes. An industrial building, it was first constructed in the early 1900s. The architects have revealed and celebrated the original character of the building, whilst introducing subtle contemporary interventions.
The interior of the building has been crafted to allow light into the glass-roofed dining area, and into the dramatic volume of the triple-height living space. A black steel staircase links all the complex volumes, arriving at the ground floor level on a dramatic concrete landing, suspended within the open space below. The jury was impressed by the engagement of the family with the various spaces provided, including large volumes for living, the well-considered bedroom layouts and terraces, which provide views over the rooftops of this dense urban location. Image by Peter Landers.