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Tonkin Liu shortlisted to design
£1 million Mayfair courtyard

Tonkin Liu has been shortlisted as one of just six teams to design a new £1 million courtyard at the Lansdowne Club in London's Mayfair. 

Nestled in the southwestern corner of Berkeley Square, the private members' club was established in 1935, originally as a residence for the then Prime Minister Lord Bute, who commissioned Robert Adam to design a house on the empty site in 1761. The building was later finished in 1768 by Lord Shelburne. 

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Tonkin Liu's design, named the Oval Court, is defined by a light and delicate perforated canopy inspired by Adam’s love of nature and geometry. The design allows for maximum openness and flexibility with a sliding glass roof to maximise flexibility. The delicate structure is designed to provide an open and airy impression even when the retractable double glazed roof is closed. Four slender columns transfer the loads directly onto the existing structure with two linear arcade gardens providing ventilation and bringing nature into the Oval Court.

Other shortlisted practices include AY Architects, De Matos Ryan, Jan Paul Coelingh with Aleksandra Waluda, Jestico + Whiles and Mary Duggan Architects. Read the full article on Architects' Journal here.

The winning practice will be announced on 28th November.