Royal Parks Foundation Drinking Fountain Competition


Two British Designers win International Competition to find the ‘Ultimate Drinking Fountain’.

The standard for an international design competition to find ‘The Ultimate Drinking Fountain’ for London's eight Royal Parks was so high that the nine strong judging panel have selected two winners. Both are from the UK. The winners Ben Addy of Moxon Architects for Trumpet and Robin Monotti Architects with Mark Titman for Watering Holes, were chosen from over 150 entries from 26 countries.

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The RIBA is delighted to announce the launch of an international open design competition on behalf of The Royal Parks Foundation and Tiffany & Co. Foundation for the design of a new drinking fountain which can then be installed throughout the Royal Parks in London.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Public
Country London, UK
RegDeadline 22 September 2010 GoogleCal iCal
22 September 2010 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All

The Royal Parks in London are among the greatest public spaces in the world.

However, several of the showpiece water features and many of the public drinking fountains in the Royal Parks - some of them generations old - now need to be refurbished or replaced; and there is a need for new additional public drinking fountains to provide visitors with an attractive, sustainable alternative to bringing vast numbers of plastic water bottles into the Parks and disposing of them in the Parks.

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation has very generously agreed a gift to the Royal Parks, through the Royal Parks Foundation (USA), of more than $1million (£825,000) to restore the much loved Italian Gardens water feature in Kensington Gardens; to create a new landmark water feature in St. James’s Park; and to restore a number of existing public drinking fountains in the Parks.

Part of the donation is to be used to design a new low-cost, attractive model drinking fountain to be installed in a number of locations in the Parks (and then, it is hoped, it will be adopted internationally in other public spaces around the world).

The objective of this competition is to find the design – and the designer – for this new model drinking fountain.

Michael Freeman, Trustee of the Royal Parks Foundation and founder
Paul Williams, RIBA Adviser
Other jury panel members are likely to include:
- Representative of Tiffany & Co Foundation
- Chief Executive of the Royal Parks Foundation
- Park Manager of one of the eight Royal Parks
- Engineering specialist
- Arts/Design specialist

Each of the teams invited to proceed to the second stage of the competition will receive an equal share of an honorarium of £3,000 plus vat, with a maximum of three teams to be invited.

The winner’s honorarium represents an advance on any professional fees post-competition.

Entry Fee
Professionals: £50
Students: £15

1 x A2 lightweight board

Submission Address
Royal Parks Foundation International Fountain Competition
RIBA Competitions
6 Melbourne Street

Selection of shortlist: September/October 2010
Announcement of Result: Final week of October 2010

The Royal Parks Foundation and Tiffany & Co.

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