The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that Eric Parry Architects have won the competition to design a new Ambassador’s Residence for the British Embassy in Beijing on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The aim of the project was to design a modern Residence that provides a platform for the Ambassador to project Britain’s global influence.
Tony Whitehead, FCO Director of Estates said: ‘We are delighted to announce Eric Parry as our lead architect on the proposed new Residence in Beijing. To reflect the scale of our ambition in China, we are looking to provide a state of the art building that will better reflect the image that Britain wants to project and help facilitate our presence in China for many years. We believe Eric and his team have the expertise and experience to help us fulfil that vision’.
David Morley, RIBA Architect Adviser commented: This promises to be a significant work of architecture, marrying east with west and expressing the essence of Britishness in a progressive way. Happily the competition attracted some very talented architects and it will be wonderful to see Eric Parry’s winning ideas brought to fruition.”
Eric Parry Architects was selected from a shortlist with four other practices:
• Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
• Carmody Groarke
• Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
• Manser Practice