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Hackney Design Awards

The 2018 awards received 42 nominations of the best buildings and public spaces in Hackney, ranging from workspaces to extensions, office developments to social housing. Some tough decisions by the judging panel resulted in a shortlist of 15.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in February 2019.


Black Stone Building, N4

3 apartments with architecture influenced by the stacking of everyday objects, with a stucco facade of lime, sand and ash. Internally, the 4 floors are bound together by concrete columns that define the primary living spaces from which other rooms unfold.

32 Cassland Road, E9

An artist’s workspace, created behind a grand terrace of Grade II listed Georgian townhouses. The ‘light chimney’ and dark timber cladding provide a dramatic endpoint to the garden, while integrating comfortably with the natural setting.

De Beauvoir Block, N1

Restoration of a terrace of early 20th century industrial buildings creating 33 workspaces and a new central yard. The architecture creates robust, sustainable, day lit and naturally ventilated interiors opening up to the new yard and terraces.

Hackney Town Hall, E8

Comprehensive refurbishment of the Art Deco Grade II-listed Hackney Town Hall, encompassing painstaking restoration and the creation of 2 new indoor event spaces.

Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 & 2, N4

New and refurbished homes for social rent, shared ownership and outright sale delivering high-quality architecture regardless of tenure, expressed through generous layouts and elegant materiality.

Building 1, Principal Place, EC2A

A major new 15-storey mixed-use development, housing the UK headquarters of Amazon, designed internally as a 21st century warehouse, offering a more interactive and flexible model of working.

People’s Choice Award

The winner of the People’s Choice Award with 272 votes was 146A Rushmore Road.

146A Rushmore Road, E5

A three-bedroom family house on a tight, infill site in Clapton. The house plays with scale, using oversized windows and openings to create a greater feeling of space across the rear courtyard.


Great Eastern Buildings, E8

A mixed-use development in a constrained location providing 18 mixed-tenure residential units and create and commercial space at street-level. The development creates a new mews street and reflects the surrounding Victorian housing.

PEER Gallery, N1

A transformation of a drab and neglected outdoor area in front of a Post Office and PEER Gallery on Hoxton Street. Now an open and welcoming public space, containing a new community garden with a planted vertical wall and new art pieces that animate the space.

Pitwell Mews, E8

Redevelopment of a brownfield site off Wilton Way, creating a secluded, mixed-use mews of three houses and a small office building.

146A Rushmore Road, E5

A three-bedroom family house on a tight, infill site in Clapton. The house plays with scale, using oversized windows and openings to create a greater feeling of space across the rear courtyard.


Bayston Road, N16

A single-storey L shaped one-room extension to a Victorian terrace in Stoke Newington, distinguished by careful detailing and a simple material palette of exposed brickwork, timber and concrete.

The Makers House, E9

A new-build villa in the Victoria Park Conservation Area, with an exterior combining roman brickwork with zinc roofing and internally exposed steel and timber work.

Nobu Hotel, EC2A

Occupying a tight Shoreditch plot, the 150-bedroom hotel follows the street line, and incorporates a lush sunken pocket park. The hotel’s concrete cladding, creative textiles and warm fabrics create an elegant aesthetic.

Quadra, E8

A mixture of spacious, private and affordable one and two bedroom apartments for the over 55s with views over London Fields. Inspired by local townhouses.

Previous award winners

Page updated on: 9 July 2019

Hackney Design Awards