Chiswick House Café Rated London's Top New Building

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has judged Chiswick House Café to be the best new building in London

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has judged Chiswick House Café to be the best new building in London.  In an awards ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 19 May Chiswick House Café picked up three prestigious awards including the London Region Building of the Year and a special award from English Heritage for 'Sustaining the Historic Environment'.

The building which was designed by architects Caruso St. John and commissioned by English Heritage was part of the restoration of Chiswick House Gardens.  It beat off stiff competition including the Olympic Velodrome to achieve its winning position.

The judges' citation stated, 'The Chiswick House Café is a worthy addition to William Kent's Grade 1 landscape. For a modest building this pavilion has great scale, stature, solidity and permanence'.

Sarah Finch-Crisp, Director of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, says, 'we are delighted that the café has received such special recognition for its architectural excellence. It is also a wonderful social hub in the gardens and inviting focal point for visitors'.

Cllr Ruth Cadbury of the London Borough of Hounslow, which owns the gardens, said:, 'Chiswick House Gardens is truly one of Hounslow's gems, and the new café is a popular building which has added interest and drawn new audiences to this exceptional historic site'.

Image of front and side of Chilswick House Cafe
Chiswick House Café has won the RIBA London Building of the Year Award 2011

 

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