The first phase of DSDHA’s reimagining of the former Economist Plaza has just been unveiled. Completed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1964 for the Economist and acquired by Tishman Speyer in 2016, the iconic development has now been renamed ‘Smithson Plaza’ in honour of the original architects.
As a practice hugely indebted to the Smithson’s work, DSDHA have considered the impact of incremental changes made since 1964 and have assessed what might be preserved and what could be changed. The result is a phased framework that stays true to the original design intent while creating sustainable contemporary workspaces and maintaining this unique public space for the city.
Click here to hear DSDHA Director Deborah Saunt talking to Monocle about the project.
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The Smithson's Economist Plaza renovation by DSDHA is revealedShare:
Central Somers Town Masterplan Wins Planning Award 2018Last night, at the Planning Awards ceremony, our Masterplan for Central Somers Town was recognised with an award for the Best Use of Publicly Owned Land in Placemaking.
Somers Town is one of the few substantial areas of publicly-owned land in Central London. The single ownership of the buildings and of the public realm around them, allowed the London Borough of Camden and our team to develop an ambitious place-making strategy, which uses a self-funding development framework to enable the delivery of a new primary school, community facilities, affordable homes and a world-class public park — worthy of the site’s significance — as well as a proportion of private housing.Share:
Award Triumph for Alex Monroe Studio at World Architecture FestivalOn the concluding day of the World Architecture Festival 2014, held in Singapore, DSDHA's Alex Monroe Studio won the Wood Excellence Award.The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating, and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe.Visit the award page here for more information.Share:
Further Award and Nominations for Alex Monroe StudioDSDHA's Alex Monroe Studio has received the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. In addition, Alex Monroe Studio has been shortlisted for a Wood Excellence Award at the 2014 World Architecture Festival, as well as the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2014.Read more about the project here.Share: