The 2017 Stephen Lawrence Prize, now in its twentieth year, has been awarded to The Houseboat, designed in collaboration with Meredith Bowles of Mole Architects and executive architect Rebecca Granger.
The Stephen Lawrence Prize was first awarded in 1998 in memory of Stephen Lawrence, who was taking steps to become an architect before his untimely death in 1993. Since its inaugural year, the Prize has been supported by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation and aims to encourage new, experimental architectural talent, celebrating and rewarding projects with a construction budget of less than £1 million.
Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied said: ‘In an age where detail design and carefully crafted construction are all too often sacrificed to meet short term deadlines, the Houseboat is a welcome exception. Its split-level geometry and use of disparate materials and ad-hoc elements have been seamlessly assembled into a surprisingly harmonious and entertaining whole. A new house that feels like a lived-in home from the outset is a rare achievement. Congratulations to the architects and clients for their patient dedication in bringing it to fruition.’
The judges for the 2017 Stephen Lawrence Prize were
Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, Doreen Lawrence CBE, the mother of Stephen Lawrence;
Marco Goldschmied, RIBA Past President and Founder of the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, which established the Stephen Lawrence Prize in 1998;
Taro Tsuruta, Tsuruta Architects, who won the 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize ;
Stephanie Edwards, Barton Willmore, Stephen Lawrence Scholarship recipient.
The Houseboat wins a South West Regional Award at the event held in Bristol by the RIBA in May 2017