Great Architectural Bake Off winners: which design firm made a wonky St Paul's and who hid a pig on Battersea Power Station?

 
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Battersea Power Station made by Wilkinson Eyre

London’s most famous architects went spoon-to-spoon this week to snatch the coveted title of 2017 architectural baking champion.

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, Europe’s biggest annual festival of building, teams from all over the city, including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, David Collins Studio, and SOM got into the kitchen in Fitzroy Square to create an edible structure that explored this year’s LFA theme of ‘memory’ for the Great Architectural Bake Off.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, usually busy creating landmarks like the Cheesegrater and the Millennium Dome and luxury residential blocks like One Hyde Park, were crowned 2017 champions for a gingerbread interpretation of its design for former bullring Arenas de Barcelona in Spain.


Winner: Arenas de Barcelona by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners

SOM’s halzenut-infused Bienecke Library also won tastiest bake, and WATG and Wimberley Interiors’ built an ode to the Cathedrale de Brasilia in marbled sugar glass.

Other highlights included a St Paul' s Cathedral made of sponge, a Stonehenge with marbled icing, and a chocolate topped Battersea Power Station, which even had a little pig peeking out of the top.

“Year-on-year, the competitors delight us with their imagination and skill and we feel that this year’s entries have been exceptional,” says Ashley Fauguel, from organiser WATG. “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.”

The judges with the enviable task of tucking into these creations included author and design critic Alice Rawsthorn, founder of Rose bakery Rose Carrarini and Harriet Thorpe, architecture assistant at Wallpaper magazine. Marks were awarded for innovative use of materials, creativity, realistic representation and how good the cake tasted.

What will it be next year? The Shard made from spun sugar? City A.M. will keep you updated with the latest in cake architecture.

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