Peter Barber Architects was established in 1989 in studios built by the practice on a canal side wharf in the East End of London. In 2002 the practice moved to a grade II listed Victorian print works which it has refurbished in King’s Cross.
[quote]We are an award-winning design-orientated practice with a portfolio of prestigious projects in Europe and the Middle East including a number of groundbreaking mixed-use and residential schemes, award-winning planning studies across the UK and individual buildings such as the Villa Anbar short-listed for the international Aga Khan Award for Architecture.[/quote]
In October 2001 the Practice won first prize in the Architecture Foundation’s prestigious Innovations in Housing Competition. The project won a Housing Design Award, runner-up in Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, AIA Award and RIBA Award. It was also short-listed to the last 10 for the 2006 Stirling Prize. A series of radical urban housing projects have followed which have variously won Housing Design Awards, RIBA Awards and AIA Awards. In October 2007, Peter Barber Architects won the Building Design Architect of the Year for Housing.
The Practice’s varied portfolio of work is underpinned by a consistent commitment to radical solutions and excellence in design, which has put it at the forefront of a new wave of high profile practices in London. The practice has built unusual and innovative projects with clients such as St Mungo’s Community Housing Association, Circle 33 Housing Group, East Thames Housing Group and The London Boroughs of Hackney, Camden, Lewisham and Kensington & Chelsea.
The practice’s work has been the subject of a full length television documentary. Its approach to design of public space has also been well documented in numerous publications, books and exhibitions. “
The proposal is a celebration of the public social life of the street. Every aspect of the design is configured to promote buzzing, thriving public space made with a hard edge of buildings. Streets overlooked by balconies, bay windows and roof terraces. Streets where people might enjoy to sit out, kids to play, people going to and from their homes or just passing through.
Donnybrook Quarter is a dense mixed use scheme and consists of living units as well as community, work and retail spaces configured as a terrace/courtyard hybrid typology.
The scheme won First Prize for Circle 33′s and Architecture Foundation’s prestigious innovation in Housing Competition. The project has been published and exhibited widely.”