Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
OXO Tower viewed from the north bank of the Thames
Practice information
Key architects Alex Lifschutz, Director
Paul Sandilands, Director
Founded 1986
Significant works and honors
Buildings OXO Tower (1997)
Royal Victoria Dock Bridge (1998)
Golden Jubilee Bridges (2002),
Fit-out of La Rinascente Department Store, Milan (2007)
Bonhams (2013)
JW3 (2013)

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is a practice of architects, urban designers and masterplanners established in 1986 and practicing out of London.


Alex Lifschutz and Ian Davidson met working on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters for Foster and Partners, and formed Lifschutz Davidson in 1986. The practice became resident in Richard Rogers' Thames Wharf Studios in 1989 having collaborated on the roof extension, and became well known in the 1990s for work on London's South Bank with the Coin Street Community Builders, including the OXO Tower and Broadwall social housing.

After the death of Ian Davidson in 2003 the practice became Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with Paul Sandilands as Director. It moved to the former Island Records home in St Peter's Square, Hammersmith, purchasing the building from the then owners of Island, Universal Music, and converting the former Royal Laundry to a large open-plan studio.

In 2013, the practice finalised designing a new auction house for Bonhams in London, and has also collaborated with the auction company in New York and Hong Kong.[1] Additionally, it worked on a new sustainable suburb at Kidbrooke in South London, and a high-profile residential tower with public swimming pool and leisure centre on the South Bank for Coin Street Community Builders.[2]

The practice was part of Team Populous,[3] the official overlay architecture services provider for the London 2012 Olympics, led by Populous and comprising a consortium made up of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Allies and Morrison.

In August 2011 Delancey and Qatari Diar, working with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, beat rival developers to purchase the 2,800-home London 2012 Olympics Athletes’ Village in Stratford.[4]

In 2014 it was announced that the practice has been commissioned by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to conduct a study of the area from Fulham Broadway town centre to Stamford Bridge and beyond to establish ways the club could expand the stadium and to identify possible public realm improvements.[5]

Notable projects[edit]


The practice has won many awards for architecture and design, including:

  • Eight RIBA Awards, four Royal Fine Arts Commission Awards including Building of the Year for Broadwall Housing.
  • Seven Civic Trust Awards and "Office Architect of the Year" from Building Design in 2011.[citation needed]
  • In 2012 the practice's Tsvetnoy Central Market project won the Society of British Interior Design inaugural Best Interior Design Award.[8]
  • Vogue Russia's Store of the Year.
  • Interior Design Magazine's award for best retail interior.
  • In 2014 the JW3 reached the midlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize.[9]


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