The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National and International Awards for architectural excellence were presented tonight, Friday 22 June, at a dinner in London at the Hilton Hotel, held during Architecture Week 2007 (15-24 June).
The 27 RIBA Award winners (14 in the UK and 13 in the EU) range from a rooftop nursery in east London, arts centres including the Royal Shakespeare Company Courtyard Theatre in Stratford, the Bridge Arts Centre in Glasgow and Casa da Musica in Portugal, to a swimming pool in Lancashire and a modernist seaside house in Essex. The architects whose work has been honoured this year span up and coming young practices, to the best known in the industry, including WHAT_ architecture!, John McAslan + Partners and Alsop Architects. All winners are praised for their excellence in design quality and their contribution to the local environment.
The 14 buildings that have won RIBA National Awards are:
1. Formby Pool, Lancashire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects
2. Marlowe Academy, Ramsgate by Building Design Partnership
3. Palestra, London SE1 by Alsop Architects
4. Rooftop Nursery, London E5 by WHAT_ architecture!
5. RSPB Environment & Education Centre, Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, Essex by van Heyningen & Haward Architects
6. Sinclair's Building, Sheffield by Project Orange
7. The Bridge Arts Centre, Glasgow by Gareth Hoskins Architects
8. The Roundhouse, London NW1 by John McAslan + Partners
9. The Royal Shakespeare Company Courtyard Theatre, Stratford upon Avon by Ian Ritchie Architects
10. The Salt House, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects
11. The Savill Building, Windsor, by Glenn Howells Architects
12. The Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley, Lancashire by Tonkin Liu
13. Unity Building, Liverpool by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
14. Young Vic Theatre, London SE1 by Haworth Tompkins
The 13 RIBA European Award winning buildings are:
1. Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal by Office for Metropolitan Architecture
2. Dresden Station Redevelopment, Dresden, Germany by Foster + Partners
3. Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects
4. Antwerp Law Courts, Belgium by Richard Rogers Partnership
5. America's Cup Building, Valencia, Spain by David Chipperfield Architects
6. "Alsion" Danish University, South Science Park South and Concert Hall, Sønderborg, Denmark by 3XN
7. Cherry Orchard Primary School, Dublin, Ireland by O'Donnell + Tuomey
8. Environmental Research Institute, Cork, Ireland by Bucholz McEvoy Architects
9. New Civic Offices for Cork City Council, Ireland by ABK Architects
10. North Campus Development CIT, Cork, Ireland by de Blacam and Meagher
11. Sint Lucas Art Academy, Boxtel, Netherlands by Fashion Architecture Taste
12. Tietgenkollegiet, Copenhagen, Denmark by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekfirma
13. Villa in the Var, Bargemon, France by Dixon Jones
The 14 RIBA National Award winners, along with the best RIBA European Award winning buildings (numbered 1 to 5 in the list above), form the midlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architect's Journal.
The RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The £20,000 prize will be presented on Saturday 6 October 2007 live on Channel 4 from the Roundhouse in London.
Speaking at the awards dinner, RIBA President Jack Pringle said:
"The RIBA's awards are about celebrating beautiful buildings that work for people, whether it's well designed schools which make it easier for children to learn in, innovative arts centres, excellent housing or improved public spaces – all of which enrich people's lives. Congratulations to all tonight's winners."
Paul Finch, Publishing Director of The Architects' Journal added:
"Like the RIBA, the AJ is dedicated to promoting great architecture, and is delighted to continue its support of the RIBA Awards, culminating in the RIBA Stirling Prize. I have no doubt that this year's exciting new-look awards programme will continue to set ever higher standards for architecture."
At tonight's ceremony, the winner of the Lubetkin Prize for the best building outside the EU by an RIBA member and the RIBA Client of the Year were also announced.
The Lubetkin Prize 2007 winner is:
Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Australia by Grimshaw (working within the Grimshaw Jackson Joint Venture).
The RIBA Client of the Year 2007 winner is:
Derwent London for commissioning projects that include Broadwick Street building by Richard Rogers Partnership in 2003; the Davidson Building in Covent Garden by Lifschutz Davidson in 2004 and Dorset Square by McAslan & Partners in 2007.
RIBA National Award winners, with the winners of RIBA Awards, are also eligible for a series of special awards to be presented at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony.
The Associate Sponsors of the RIBA National and International Awards are Faststream Recruitment Limited and Ibstock, with support from Hobs Reprographics. The Architects' Journal is Media Partner with The Architectural Review Media Partner for the International Awards.