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Alex Monroe Studio


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DSDHA has won the inaugural Wood Excellence Prize at World Architecture Festival 2014 for its Alex Monroe Studio, Snowsfields project in the United Kingdom.
Sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the Wood Excellence Prize is the first of its kind to feature on the festival’s awards programme, the only criterion is that wood is an integral part of the project.
In 2009 DSDHA were asked to develop a new jewellery studio for designer Alex Monroe in Snowsfields, within the Bermondsey Conservation Area in London, to provide a showcase for Alex’s growing business which was previously based in Iliffe Yard, alongside DSDHA’s architectural studio. The proposal adds a hand-crafted three storey element to the existing Edwardian single-storey shopfront, providing sales, workshop, studio, meeting and dining spaces as well as a roof terrace with views towards London Bridge.
The festival’s jury commended the project, saying “Urban densification is a future necessity. Wood is the answer to problems it brings, thanks to construction speed and prefab efficiency. Architecturally the project fits within its urban surrounding, and becomes a piece of ‘urban furniture’.”
David Venables, European Director, AHEC said: "In the Wood Excellence Prize there was an excellent spread of shortlisted projects all showing a good variety of wood application. The use of wood in the winning project has real significance because it embraces innovation and for what it has achieved in a difficult location.”
The American Hardwood Export Council exhibited at this year’s WAF and displayed the results of ‘The Wish List’ – an ambitious design project featuring a stellar list of architects and designers, including Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, John Pawson, Alison Brooks and Amanda Levete. The project showcases how life cycle assessment tools can be used to create an environmental profile for product design. AHEC recently commissioned Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research for 19 American hardwood species. Life Cycle Assessment is a scientific tool that helps industry to establish environmental frameworks that have real meaning and assess true sustainability.
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