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Millennium Point Design Competition Winner

Competition winner announced for Millennium Point visibility project, West Midlands, UK

Millennium Point and the RIBA are delighted to announce that Daniel Madeiros & Jonathan Schwinge have won the ideas competition to enhance the visibility and image of Millennium Point in Birmingham from the Jennens Road approach.

They fought off strong competition from BDP, De Matos Ryan, K4 Architects, Make Architects and Quixotic Architecture, but ultimately the Judging Panel were unanimous in their decision.

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The young team of James Lew and Kieren Majhail from BDP and K4 Architects led by Bob Ghosh were both highly commended by the Judging Panel for their contribution to the competition.

Philip Singleton, Chief Executive of Millennium Point said on behalf of the Judging Panel “The teams put in a lot of effort and we were delighted to meet and interview all six. I was fascinated looking at six very different ideas and how they had developed from stage one. The panel was struck by the beauty and grace of the winning idea which was underpinned by craft and technology that convinced us that the dramatic form could be constructed. We chose two further submissions and commended them for their approach and thoroughness”

Gavin Orton (RIBA West Midlands Chairman) commented: “The Panel was impressed by the quality of the schemes and diversity of entrants. Each demonstrated sensitivity to the complexities of the site and an understanding of the client’s ambitions. The creativity, dedication and commitment of the architectural community continues to inspire and I’m sure Millennium Point will benefit greatly from this competition and the opportunities it now has for its next phase of architectural evolution.”

Daniel Madeiros, competition winner said “‘We are delighted to have won the competition, it was a pleasure to meet the panel and present a proposal that will inspire and give a long lasting sense of legacy to the site. The proposal is a concise response to the competition brief and the site, our interest is a sculptural form which has precision and elegance – an object to soften and revitalise the local environment.”

1 Feb 2013

Millennium Point Design Competition Shortlist

Competition shortlist announced for Millennium Point visibility project, West Midlands, UK

Millennium Point and the RIBA are pleased to announce that a shortlist has now been selected in the Millennium Point Visibility, Birmingham design ideas competition.

The judging panel chaired by Philip Singleton, CEO, Millennium Point met on 18 January to select a shortlist of six design submissions.

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De Matos Ryan
K4 Architects
Daniel Madeiros with Jonathan Schwinge
Make Architects
Quixotic Architecture

Philip Singleton said “I wanted to launch a competitive process to see what the profession came up with. I’m really very pleased with the first stage results and we now have six ideas that will be developed a little further.”

“The competition was designed to draw attention to the North side of Millennium Point on Jennens Road. This area feels very under played, yet many people approach us from that direction.”

Gabrielle Omar, Lolli & Square commented “The short-listed applicants demonstrated an impressive understanding of the site, and answered the brief with great knowledge and research of what Millennium Point brings and intends to bring to the local community – as well as internationally. The competition has been very successful and attracted 27 entries, offering an impressive array of ideas, with varied yet interesting styles of presentation. The applicants varied from single entrants to entries from larger firms, which illustrated how effective the initial brief was in capturing the imagination of so many.”

The teams will now present their designs to the Judging Panel at a final interview at the end of February 2013.

Millennium Point Design Contest – Background

Millennium Point is entering its second decade and expanding its ambitions to becoming increasingly of national importance. It has a very significant presence in Eastside, Birmingham and not only hosts Thinktank and faculties of BCU, but also provides an amazing digital cinema experience at the Giant Screen.

RIBA West Midlands is the regional office for the Royal Institute of British Architects and works to promote the architectural profession, and deliver events and professional development within the West Midlands region. We have a diverse member base of around 1,400 architects in 400 practices across the region, providing a rich and dynamic resource for the community

12 Mar 2012

Millennium Point Design Competition

Birmingham Architecture Competition, West Midlands, UK

8 Jan 2013 – submission deadline

RIBA Competitions and RIBA West Midlands are delighted to launch a design competition on behalf of Millennium Point to seek design ideas to enhance the visibility and image of Millennium Point in Birmingham from the Jennens Road approach.

Philip Singleton, CEO of Millennium Point said “As a very successful millennium project, we are launching into our second decade with renewed vigour and ambition. We want to be more recognisable on the landscape of Birmingham and beyond. I am really delighted to be working with the RIBA to seek out ideas from the profession to design a fabulous and unforgettable pavilion”.

A launch event with a briefing session and site visit will take place on 14 December 2012. For further details and a copy of the brief please contact RIBA Competitions on [email protected].

Closing date for stage 1 entries is Tuesday 8 January 2013.

Gabrielle Omar, Architect, Entrepreneur and Candidate on BBC 1’s Apprentice 2012 will sit on the Jury Panel which meets at the end of January to select a shortlist.

Location:Millennium Point, Birmingham, England

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