Your chance to vote

Last week we asked you to vote on the product shortlist for the 1996 BBC Design Awards. This week we’re looking at architecture and environments.

The five projects pictured here have been put forward by a panel of judges led by architect Sir Michael Hopkins and were featured last night on BBC2 in a programme canvassing the public vote. We’re keen to see how designers’ choices compare with public opinion. So pick your first choice and let us know about it by 24 June.

If there are other schemes which have been completed during the past year that you think are better than those shown here, we welcome your nominations.

Next week’s programme, being screened on BBC2 at 7.30pm on 19 June, will focus on graphics. We’ll be courting your votes in that category in next week’s issue before the final screening of all the winners, scheduled for 8 July at 7.30pm on BBC2.

Study the shortlisted five here and name your winner to Amanda Lake. Tel: 0171-439 4222 or fax 0171-734 1770 by 24 June. Or you can send E-mail to lyndark@centaur.co.uk. Brief comments are welcome – as are nominations for projects completed over the past 12 months but not included in the BBC trawl.

1. Channel 4 Headquarters, London

Designed by John Young’s team at Richard Rogers Partnership

Bearing the Rogers’ hallmark of services built on the outside of the building, this 3.9m complex comprises 15 000m2 of offices set around an inner quadrangle. The full-height glass lobby features a glass “drawbridge” entrance.

2 Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, Cardiff Bay

Designed by Paul Koralek’s team at Ahrends, Burton & Koralek

Architect ABK has transformed a nineteenth century cast and wrought iron dockside structure into a dramatic waterfront exhibition space dedicated to allaying public fears about science and technology. The 3.5m scheme forms part of the regeneration of Cardiff’s dockland area.

3 Entrance foyer, Broadfield House, Dudley

Designed by Brent Richards of Design Antenna and Tim Macfarlane of structural engineer Dewhurst Macfarlane

This 60 000 all-glass pavilion forms the entrance to an eight-eenth century house, now used as a glassware museum. The treatment and application of the glass for various elements of the building incorporates advanced construction technology.

4 Citizens Advice Bureau, Chessington

designed by Gabriele Bramante and John Simon Woodman of Bramante Architects

This small 330 000 Modernist building slots into a suburban high street. Key features of the design are a sensitive approach to the needs of disabled visitors and state-of the-art building management systems.

5 Watersports Centre, Liverpool

designed by David Marks, Julia Barfield

This steel-framed structure straddles an old Liverpool dock to provide a community boating and watersports club. In the 1.13m facility special care has been taken to include materials that can cope with getting wet, such as teak, linoleum and red cedar boarding.

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