John McAslan + Partners' (JMP) high quality office and mixed-use development at 5 Cheapside in London has won a prestigious International Architecture Award.
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, co-presented by Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd, announced 5 Cheapside as one of 90 new distinguished building projects in this year's awards.
JMP's development next to Paternoster Square in the City of London, brings an entirely new building form to a culturally and commercially critical site less than 100m from St Paul's Cathedral. The scheme is a highly rational response to the St Paul's height-grid, whilst addressing challenging structural constraints posed by St Paul's Underground station and the subterranean BT chamber.
The International Architecture Awards are considered the world's most prestigious global awards for new architecture, landscape architecture, interiors and urban planning.
Kieran Conlon, Director/COO, The European Centre said, "The list of this year's winning schemes is most impressive, drawn by some of the world's most talented thinkers from large and small architectural practices around the world. The glossary of entries is a 'Who's Who' in international architecture practice today."
Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum said, "The selected projects challenge new approaches to design that are beyond the envelope of the everyday, while providing cities with key civic buildings that celebrate and harmonize architecture as a high art while finding answers to the complicated problems of environment, social context, improving quality of life, and sustainability."
This year, all 90 awarded projects (built and to be built) will be on display in a special exhibition, "New World Architecture" at Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the XIII BA11 International Biennial de Arquitectura in October 2011. After Argentina, the exhibition is scheduled to travel to Warsaw and Europe.
A full list of winning buildings and urban planning projects can be seen at The European Centre's website at www.europeanarch.eu.