‘Small projects are a labour of love,’ said AJ Small Projects judge Alison Brooks at our launch event last year. Presenting her early experimental work, the Stirling Prize-winning architect admitted that while small projects don’t always make a profit, ‘they become a proof of what you can achieve.’
In this week’s magazine, we present 12 labours of love, the first half of the 24-strong shortlist of projects completed for £250,000 or less contending for this year’s AJ Small Projects awards.
The calibre of the work submitted to the contest makes this a stand-out year. On 30 January, the shortlisted architects will present their work in a speed crit. The winners will be chosen on the day and the top prize and sustainability award will be presented over celebratory drinks that same evening at New London Architecture in The Building Centre, London.
Every Small Projects entry was posted in the AJ Buildings Library, and the most visited small projects have already had thousands of visits. The most popularproject, Squitchey Lane, by Matthew Clay Architects, has had 3,000 views, a top prize, even if it didn’t make the official shortlist of 24.
AJ Small Projects is sponsored by Marley Eternit. An exhibition of all 24 shortlisted projects opens 31 January at New London Architecture, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1"