London-A beach house covered with rubber, built on Dungeness beach in the UK, has won an award named in honour of murdered UK teenager Stephen Lawrence.
The prize-the Stephen Lawrence Prize sponsored by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation-goes annually to the best building costing less than Â£350 000 (Euros 500 000.
The rubber coated house, called Vista, was designed for its owners to relax in by the sea, and was well within budget at Â£112 000. It forms an extension of an existing timber structure, and the black rubber â€œechoes the local tradition of fishermen's shacks with their timber painted with pitch to keep out the formidable elements,â€ said the judges.
Marco Goldschmied, past president of the RIBA and managing director of the Richard Rogers Partnership, and Doreen Lawrence, Stephen's mother, presented Simon Conder with a cheque for Â£5000. The prize commemorates the young man's ambition to train as an architect, and as well as the prize itself, a further Â£5000 is available as a bursary to hep train young black architects.
Calling Vista a â€œdelightful, tactile house,â€ the judges added that, according to the architect the rubber â€œis a tremendous material that is both waterproof and breathable.â€