Duggan Morris Architects wins Art for Places contest
London’s Duggan Morris Architects has won an international contest to design a £250,000 ($401,700) canalside pavilion to the north of Liverpool in the UK.
The practice created a design that mimics a canoeist’s profile in full motion, with jetties opening out onto the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in South Sefton. The design beat entries from all over Europe – from companies such as London’s NEX Architecture and Edinburgh’s The Antillia Collective, as well as Bath-based newcomer Studio KAH and Bianchini e Lusiardi Associati.
Once built, the project will provide leisure resources for the local community, as well as being a landmark piece of art in the public realm.
The competition forms part of Art for Places, a unique scheme aimed at helping communities reshape their neighbourhoods through public art.
The programme is a partnership between NewHeartlands, the Liverpool Biennial and the Arts Council England (North West) along with local authorities and housing associations. It will result in three public art commissions across Liverpool, Sefton and the Wirral.
“We are absolutely astonished and delighted to win. We believe our design will complement the regeneration already taking place in the area and will enhance the work already completed,” commented Joe Morris, director, Duggan Morris Architects.