Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017

Winners Crowned at WATG’s Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017




Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
St Pauls by Squire + Partners

The Great Architectural Bake Off hosted by WATG saw Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners claim the coveted title of 2017 architectural baking champion with a gingerbread interpretation of their design for the former bullring Arenas de Barcelona.

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Olympic Stadium by AVR

The event saw architecture and design royalty descend on London’s Fitzroy Square to compete to recreate the world’s most iconic buildings, entirely out of cake. Cake versions of Battersea Power Station, St Paul’s Cathedral and Stonehenge among this year’s edible architectural entries .

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
London Wall Place by MAKE

Competing teams, including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, MAKE Architects, Allies and Morrison and WATG, were asked to explore the London Festival of Architecture’s theme of ‘memory’ in their edible architectural creations.

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Stonehenge by David Collins

Judges including renowned author and design critic, Alice Rawsthorn; Rose Carrarini, founder of Rose Bakery; and Harriet Thorpe of Wallpaper* witnessed a sponge version of St. Pauls Cathedral, Stonehenge adorned with marbled icing and a chocolate topped Battersea Power Station.

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Arenas de Barcelona by Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners

Marks were awarded for innovative use of materials, creativity, realistic representation and of course – taste. Guests enjoyed prosecco and tasters of the winning entries over the course of the afternoon.

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Millenium Bridge by Foster + Partners

Due to the high-standard of entries this year, runners-up prizes were awarded for two distinct categories. SOM was awarded ‘Tastiest Bake’ for their hazelnut infused Bienecke Library and WATG & Wimberly Interiors received an honourable mention for their edible Cathédrale de Brasilia, constructed with marbled sugar glass.

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Bienecke Library by SOM

Ashley Fauguel, organiser of WATG’s Great Architectural Bake Off, stated: “Year-on-year the competitors have delighted us with their imagination and skill and we feel that this year’s entries have been exceptional.

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Battersea Power Station by Wilkinson Eyre

It’s been a fantastic day for both spectators and competitors, as we watched the design elite construct their masterpieces in-front of our eyes. We were impressed with the bakers’ innovative technique and attention to detail and we expect next year to raise the bar even higher.”

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Cathedrale de Brasilia by WATG

This event was part of the London Festival of Architecture, Europe’s biggest annual architectural festival. Source and photos, Courtesy of PURPLE.

Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017 Event
Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017 Event
Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017
Great Architectural Bake-Off 2017 Event

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