Royal Parks drinking fountain contest launches

The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched an international competition to design a new drinking fountain to be installed throughout the Royal Parks in London.

The RIBA has tasked designers to create a well-designed drinking fountain, which must avoid wasting water, be a ‘work of art in itself’ and look ‘enticing and appealing’ in both the Royal Parks and in more urban environments, according to the brief.

The competition, launched by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, is part of a renovation programme that follows a $1.25m (£845 545) gift from Tiffany and Co Foundation to the Royal Parks Foundation, an American charity established to enable America to support London’s Royal Parks.

The gift marks Tiffany and Co Foundation’s tenth anniversary.

After the submissions deadline, which is 22 September, three consultancies will be shortlisted and invited to pitch their design concept.

The winning design will be put into production and introduced to London’s eight Royal Parks and potentially other green spaces around the world.

The competition is open to designers across all disciplines. For details on how to enter visit www.architecture.com/competitions.

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