Irish architects beat tough competition for LSE

Irish architects beat tough competition for LSE

A Dublin-based firm has won the right to design at new building for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Holborn.

Grafton Architects, headed by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, will design The Paul Marshall Building for the university.

The site, which LSE bought from the charity Cancer Research UK in 2013, will be at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Irish architects beat tough competition for LSE
Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell

The company saw off stiff competition from a host of prestigious practices, including London’s AL_A, David Chipperfield Architects and Niall McLaughlin Architects and Scott Brownrigg.

Swiss firm Herzog and de Meuron and a joint venture from New York’s Diller Scofidio and Renfro and London-based Penoyre and Prasad completed the shortlist.

The building will house teaching, sports and arts facilities for LSE’s accounting, finance, management and research centres as well as the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.

Grafton’s renderings show a pale stone-faced interior, with a series of planted terraces and an atrium with a branching structure of columns and beams.

A dramatically curving staircase will link the atrium to the teaching spaces in the building.

Irish architects beat tough competition for LSE

In a statement, the firm said: “We are absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to build in this unique location in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, across from the wonderful Sir John Soane’s Museum, for a visionary client such as LSE.”

Check out the firm’s previous projects and find out more about the team here:


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