We tend to think of design competitions as a recent development. However, they existed as long ago as 1924, when the classic red telephone box resulted from a competition between three architects to create a standard version.
The winner was the K2 box created by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and Battersea Power Station.
`Its form and function have both proved long-term winners,’ says Peto. Despite attempts to eliminate the traditional box, there have been continued requests for a return to the classic version, rather than modern designs which leave the user open to the elements.