The 2011 Young Architect of the Year impressed the judges with his range of work and consistency of approach
Jonathan Hendry began his presentation to the Young Architect of the Year jury with an image of a plate of food.
This was not any old dish, but an artfully composed arrangement by star Danish chef, René Redzepi of restaurant Noma.
“He only works with local produce,” said Hendry. “And that’s how we like to see our architecture: composed of simple, local ingredients, grown out of the place.”
Hendry’s practice of five, based on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, has been working for the last 11 years producing buildings that delight in the craft of making and are rooted in the specifics of the local context.
The judges were impressed by the range of work — from private dwellings to developer housing and mini-masterplans — and the consistency of approach throughout.
“There is a real sophistication and elegance to all of the projects,” said Peter St John. “It is a convincing body of work that evidently belongs to the region.”
Hendry’s RIBA Award-winning Museum Court in Lincoln demonstrated a subtle reworking of the Georgian terrace type, inserting a new courtyard building and street-facing block — accommodating 19 apartments, two town houses and a retail unit — bringing a sophisticated urban sensibility to the village setting.
Source: David Grandorge
The conversion of a Methodist chapel into the Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre, for a frugal budget of £350,000, demonstrated “making architecture from nothing” in the practice’s first public project. Employing a palette of locally sourced timber, stone and ironmongery, the centre provides a home for a library, café and local heritage museum — a project described by judge Moira Gemmill as “truly remarkable”.
Another project saw Manor Farm Barns converted into a live-work development — for which planning had been refused five times, under schemes by other architects — on the basis of its zero-carbon credentials, again employing local materials with low embodied energy.
“This is a convincing form of sustainability,” commented John McAslan. “There is a compelling authenticity to all of the work.”
George Saumarez Smith
2011 Yaya judges
Peter St John, Caruso St John Architects
Pete Baxter, Autodesk
Moira Gemmill, Victoria & Albert Museum
Julian Barwick, Development Securities
John McAslan, John McAslan & Partners
Yaya is sponsored by Autodesk