In honor of its work on the Granby Four Streets redevelopment project in Toxteth, Liverpool, London collective Assemble has become the first architecture firm to be awarded the Turner Prize.
The Granby Four Streets project concerns an area in Toxteth that was earmarked for demolition. Local residents resisted the plans and took it upon themselves to clean and paint buildings, plant flowers, and decorate the homes and streets, even going so far as to create a popular monthly market.
Assemble's input involved working with locals to refurbish 10 homes for use as affordable housing. As the BBC reports, the firm's low-budget but imaginative approach saw the use of brick and rubble construction waste to create mantelpieces, ceramic door handles that were fired with barbecues fueled by waste sawdust, and hand-decorated tiles and hand-pressed terracotta lamps.
Assemble also launched the Granby Workshop, a social enterprise that makes handmade products for homes, with the proceeds going toward efforts to redevelop the Granby Four Streets area.
The 18 member collective was handed the £25,000 (roughly US$37,500) prize money by Kim Gordon (of experimental band Sonic Youth) in Glasgow last night. An exhibition of Assemble's handmade goods is on display in Glasgow's Tramway art center until January 17.
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