We are very pleased to announce that yesterday one of our projects won the prestigious RIBA North West Small Project of the Year Award and the North West Regional Award.
Rain Bow Gate in Burnley is an amazing structure, and at the forefront of design. The Single-Surface Structure uses advanced digital modelling in its design, and cutting-edge fabrication techniques.
The judges said: “This shining example of confident understatement offers a colourful moment of delight on an unpromising traffic junction in Burnley.”
The huge cantilevered arches swoop around the piece, and the centre houses glass prisms set into slots cut out of the steel, so when the sun shines, rainbows appear all over the floor of the site.
It was built entirely within our studio before being dismantled and transported to Burnley, where we re-constructed it on site.
Nearby, overlooking Burnley, is another RIBA Award Winning piece - The Singing Ringing Tree, also a collaboration between Tonkin Liu and Mike Smith Studio.
Photographs from Mike Smith Studio and Greg Storrar/Tonkin Liu.
I LOVE this, anyone who ever happens to pass by the beautiful surroundings of Burnley should take a trip to see this and the Singing Ringing Tree because they are both amazing.
The only problem you might have is that the Rain Bow Gate is better viewed in the sunshine and the Singing Ringing Tree is amazing in the wet and the wind and even Burnley can’t guarantee to provide both types of weather within half an hour ;-)
A very worthy winner that’s for sure!!