Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners whip Fosters, SOM, Make and Zaha Hadid Architects in 2017 Great Architectural Bakeoff

Fourteeen teams of architects swapped their Rotring pens for icing guns for the annual Great Architectural Bakeoff competition, held as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Groups from Foster & Partners, Make Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM, and AL_A Architects vied for both culinary and design greatness at the event, where they were tasked with creating genuinely crumby buildings on the theme of “memory”.

Judges at the event, hosted by WATG, awarded marks for innovative use of materials, creativity, realistic representation and – crucially – taste. In the process they munched their way through the likes of Battersea Power Station, London Wall, and Stonehenge.

Triumphant in first place was Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, which wowed judges with a gingerbread interpretation of the practice’s design for former bullring Arenas de Barcelona.

Runners-up prizes also went to SOM, which won “tastiest bake” for its hazelnut infused recreation of the practice’s Beinecke Library in New Haven, Connecticut, and to WATG & Wimberly Interiors, who received an honourable mention for their edible Cathédrale de Brasilia.

The homage to Oscar Niemeyer’s creation was constructed with marbled sugar glass.


The Great Architectural Bakeoff 2017

The winning Rogers Stirk Harbour team with Bakeoff contest judges


Event organiser Ashley Fauguel, PR and social media manager at WATG, said the event’s 2017 entries had been exceptional.

“It’s been a fantastic day for both spectators and competitors, as we watched the design elite construct their masterpieces in-front of our eyes,” she said.

“We were impressed with the bakers’ innovative technique and attention to detail and we expect next year to raise the bar even higher.”

Other practices taking part in the event were Squire & Partners, Allies and Morrison, Wilkinson Eyre, Gensler, David Collins Studio Hawkins Brown Architects and AVR London.

The judging panel included LFA director Tamsie Thompson, Barbican architecture curator Daniela Puga, and Rose Bakery founder Rose Carrarini.