Six design practices are shortlisted for the Crown Estate's 'Ground Floor Project'

Six design practices are shortlisted for the Crown Estate's 'Ground Floor Project'

The Crown Estate made headlines when it began the regeneration of London's St James's neighbourhood - after all, as the West End's largest property developer, it manages a portfolio that earns billions for the city. Now it's creating more buzz with its Ground Floor Project, a scheme to bring two landmark St James's buildings into the spotlight.

With support from the non-profit Architecture Foundation, the Crown Estate will commission two cutting-edge designers to create bespoke artworks for the lobbies at 12 Charles II Street and 11 Waterloo Place, gracious, centuries-old buildings intertwined with London's history of fine tailoring and craftsmanship. Shortlisted for the scheme are innovative practices Formafantasma, Simon Hasan, Lola Lely, Philippe Malouin, RCKa and Faye Toogood.

A panel of judges - including Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers - will choose the winners in early 2014. The subsequent designs will draw from the traditions of making in the historic neighbourhood.