Marking the venture’s seventh year, Liberty was honoured to launch the RIBA Regent Street Windows Project 2016 with an exclusive party in-store. This year’s project saw 10 ground-breaking RIBA architects join forces with some of the capital’s most prestigious businesses to create a series of spectacular window displays along London’s Regent Street.
As British architecture’s rising stars descended on the glittering, balloon-strewn space, Hot Chip’s Felix Martin took to the decks to get the party atmosphere in full swing. Drinks were flowing courtesy of Hendrick’s gin, setting the tone for the evening’s festivities.
Standards were undeniably high and, after raising a glass to Liberty, speeches from Bob Dawson, head of asset management – Regent Street, Anthony Clerici, vice president of RIBA and the Lord Mayor of London kicked off the proceedings. The prize for Best Design was awarded to Piercy&Company + Electrolight for Kiehl’s, whose porcelain and light installation drew on the brand’s old-world apothecary roots. It was also a night of success for our very own Arthur Is Good installation with awards for Best Architect and Best Brand going to Architecture Social Club and Liberty, respectively.
Speaking on the calibre of this year’s installations, Jessica Shiel, project manager for RIBA Windows said: “The most notable thing this year has been the emphasis on design and craft. This year’s windows draw on so many practices that you might not associate with architecture: graphic design, origami, ceramic work… It’s great to see the windows pushing the limits of contemporary architecture”.
Working on this year’s installation for 7 For All Mankind, Kainaz Karkaria of KSR Architects spoke of the creative opportunities the RIBA Windows projects allows: “The [project] has given us a great opportunity at KSR… We usually specialise in high-end residential but this has been a really good, creative way for us to know what we can do in the architect’s practice”.
We anticipate what’s in store for the RIBA Regent Street Windows Project 2017…