Streetscape and lab win awards

Royal Institute o fBritish Architects' regional awards acknowledge street promenade.

A new streetscape featured in a pop video by Jarvis Cocker has won a design award, along with a hypermodern laboratory for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Promenade of Light features 18 new plane trees, a raised stone promenade and stone rings around the trees for seats. Other rings are filled with flowers. “The stone is a canvas for light and shadow,” said Anna Liu, partner at Tonkin Liu architects. “The rings bring people together and create urban rooms under trees.” The promenade in Old Street, London, featured prominently in a Jarvis Cocker video, she added. The design was one of 63 projects rewarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects’ regional awards recently. Judges said: “Lighting on tall posts shines down on the paving, making the branches cast shadows in a magical and cinematic way.” Wilkinson Eyre Architects also scooped a gong for its £7m Jodrell Laboratory for Kew. “It establishes a stronger relationship between the gardens and scientific activity within,” said a practice representative of the building, finished last year.

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