News > Loughborough University Model Prize
The 2019 Model Prize at the School of Architecture at Loughborough University, which has been sponsored by Aukett Swanke since 2018, has this year been won by Year Two student Orsi Kacso.
Year Two students were this year briefed with designing a library building which used critical and spatial methodologies to reflect on notions of inclusion and exclusion in cities. Kacso chose the Pumpfield Area of Liverpool, the second of two nominated sites, which includes the derelict Eldon Grove Housing estate.
Her proposals weave a dramatic new intervention through the existing Eldon Grove buildings which bridges the divide that the derelict buildings currently create. Repeated and iterative exploratory modelmaking by Kacso enabled her to develop form and scale in a way that responds intimately to the sensitive historic context, but still create a dramatic intervention that has a logic and integrity of its own. The tactile quality of the models was a pleasure to see and this demonstrates a strong grasp on materiality that is impressive for a student at this stage of her education.
Both Tom Alexander and Nicholas de Klerk regularly visit the school to take part in project reviews and crits and would like to thank Dr Robert Schmidt III and Dr Matyas Gutai for the opportunity to support the important and innovative teaching methods and coursework models that the school has developed, which are clearly evidenced by the quality of work produced by their students.
Some images of Kacso's prizewinning work are shown below.