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Charrette 2013 a resounding success

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On Saturday, 2nd November 2013
almost one hundred architecture and

interior design students from universities
across the UK
attended Charrette ’13, an intensive one day design competition. The event was
held at the Zaha Hadid – designed Roca London
Gallery in Chelsea

The students were given a brief to design a new pier at Chelsea
Harbour to
  regenerate the area while
promoting TfL’s goal for greater use of the Thames.

Ten teams worked throughout the day to produce a concept drawing, detailed plan
and models to present to the judging panel. Each team was mentored by a range
of design professionals from the BIID, AIA,
and course leaders. Designs ranged
from new retail spaces, to a new large transport hub and a pedestrian bridge
across the river.

Judging the competition were George Kunihiro, FAIA; Karin Templin, partner at
studioACKT; and BIID Director Dan Hopwood.


Third place was won by UCA Canterbury’s Interior Architecture students with a
design made of several interchangeable mixed-use barges. Oxford Brookes
University took second
place with a flowing,
interlocking jetty that stood out from the embankment.

Claiming victory was a team composed of students
from London
Metropolitan University’s
CASS faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, and the Chelsea College of Arts,
who designed a series of detachable pods that could be floated down the Thames
to bring Chelsea
to the rest of the city. The winning team members each won a book of the works
of architect Zaha Hadid.

Refreshments and prizes were generously
provided by Laufen Bathrooms.