61 Oxford Street wins RIBA National Award

June 2016

61 Oxford Street, the landmark scheme by Dukelease Properties, has won a coveted RIBA National award - the most highly valued accolade in the industry, championing the best architecture across the UK.

Designed by leading architectural practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), 61 Oxford Street introduces a highly contemporary landmark to a renowned location. Featuring a distinctive curved glass design across the whole façade, the architecture takes inspiration from the classical 1930s Aalto vase concept while retaining a traditional shop-front aesthetic.

Dukelease and AHMM have been commended for raising the bar for Oxford Street and breathing new life and revitalising this former commercial building. The judges commented on the clever references to context, mixed-use and skyline which are evident throughout the building, as well its contemporary design which sits sensitively alongside the historic fabric of this famous street. The scheme’s unique undulating glass skin was noted for reflecting the great traditions of departments stores, while elegantly tailored to reflect the offices and residential elements as the eye is drawn up the building. 

Dukelease Properties is incredibly proud of this flagship scheme, which represents a real feat of design and engineering. The recognition from a highly respected institution such as RIBA is a testament to the company’s dedication in delivering high-quality, distinctive and innovative buildings which make a real contribution to the surrounding area. 

61 Oxford Street will now go on to be considered for the shortlist of the Stirling Prize – the most prestigious prize in UK architecture.