Two Irish firms shortlisted for LSE’s Global Centre for Social Sciences


Two Irish practices, Grafton Architects and heneghan peng, are among those shortlisted for the LSE’s next major building project, the £90m Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS). This international competition, run in conjunction with the RIBA, follows on from the LSE’s new Students’ Centre by O’Donnell + Tuomey, who were also selected via an RIBA competition in 2009.The scheme involves the demolition and redevelopment of a number of existing buildings on its Aldwych campus, the brief for the GCSS calls for world-class architecture so that its estate is comparable with its international academic reputation.

Designs from five world renowned architectural practices have been submitted to the School for judging. The shortlisted firms in alphabetical order are as follows: Grafton Architects, Ireland; Heneghan Peng, Ireland; Hopkins Architects, UK; OMA, The Netherlands; Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, UK

From 7 to 18 October an exhibition of the five designs for the new LSE Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS) will be on display in the main entrance to the LSE Library, the Lionel Robbins Building. Staff, students, alumni and governors and other visitors are all be invited to vote for their preferred design. The images are deliberately anonymous so that the submissions can be judged solely on their design merit.