The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the 2013 RIBA National Awards, the most rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence. RIBA National Award winning buildings set the standard for good architecture; these are projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectation. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the 52 RIBA National and EU Award winners (43 buildings in the UK and 9 buildings elsewhere in the EU).
This year’s award winners range from the UK’s northernmost arts centre in the Shetlands down to Redruth in Cornwall. From a beautifully-crafted chapel in the back garden of an Edinburgh townhouse to the innovative yellow-roofed Ferrari Museum in Italy, from M&S’s new ‘green’ flagship store in Cheshire to the National Trust’s dynamic new visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Well-known ‘star’ architects and smaller architecture practices, some who have never won an RIBA award before, will now be battling it out to make it onto this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist for the best building of the year.
One-third of this year’s UK winners are exceptional education buildings, from small nursery schools to major university campuses. Some of the last Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schools have made the grade this year with winners including St Alban’s Academy in Birmingham and Kingswood Academy in Kingston upon Hull, whose ingenious use of limited space has created exceptional and inspiring facilities for students, not to mention bully-deterring toilets.
Though excellent projects have been delivered at the extreme ends of the scale – notably the 242 hectare Olympic master plan and a small contemporary house in the ruins of the 12th century Astley Castle in Warwickshire - this year’s awards are revealing a notable squeezed-middle, with fewer medium-scale projects amongst the winners, both public and commercial. Many of the winners are publicly, charity or foundation funded, with only one commercial office building in the form of Quadrant 3 on Regent Street in London.
It is pleasing to see some of the best housing winners for some time – the redevelopment of the Brutalist Grade II listed 1960s Park Hill estate in Sheffield, the intelligent Newhall Be suburban development of 84 homes in Harlow and pocket-sized developments in London on difficult sites such as the eight large multi-generational housing association homes on Beveridge Mews in Stepney Green and the highly-detailed private houses at Church Walk in Stoke Newington. These are excellent examples of what new housing developments should be delivering.
Speaking today, RIBA President Angela Brady said:
'Risk-taking is not for the faint-hearted in recessionary times, but amongst this year’s crop of truly exceptional buildings, I am delighted to see such a variety of projects doing just that. From Jesmond Gardens, an open-plan primary school in Hartlepool with rooms divided simply by acoustic curtains, and the mould-breaking North London day-care hospice modeled on an over-sized house to appeal sensitively to its patients, to the Hive in Worcester, the first library for shared use by both the public and a University.
There are more delights in the list: some of the highest quality housing we have seen for some time and many projects from Eastside City Park in Birmingham to Heartlands in Cornwall are a sign that even in hard times the public realm has not been ignored.
It is good to see that sustainability is at the heart of so many of these winners - most clearly perhaps where, encouragingly, a major client has championed it, as in the case of M&S in Cheshire.
Most notably though this year’s RIBA National Awards features a selection of really exceptional schools and education buildings, places that properly invest in the future for their pupils - their awards show their ambition to improve our school stock; there may not be too many award winning schools to come for some time.'
The 43 UK buildings that have won an RIBA National Award are:
The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh by Simpson and Brown
Forth Valley College of Further & Higher Education, Stirling by Reiach and Hall Architects
Mareel, Lerwick Shetland by Gareth Hoskins Architects with PJP Architects
University of Aberdeen New Library/Sir Duncan Rice Library by Schmidt
4 Linsiander , Vig, Lewis by Studio KAP Architects
Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng
The MAC, Belfast by Hackett Hall McKnight
Jesmond Gardens Primary School, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 by ADP
Chetham's Music School, Manchester, M3 by Stephenson: ISA Studio
M&S Cheshire Oaks by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson
MMU Business School by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio
St Silas CofE Primary School, Blackburn by Capita Symonds
Park Hill, Sheffield by Hawkins/Brown and Studio Egret West
SOAR Works, Parson Cross, Sheffield by 00:/
Kingswood Academy, Bransholme, Kingston upon Hull by AHMM
Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann
Eastside City Park, Birmingham by Patel Taylor
St Alban's Academy, Birmingham by dRMM
The Hive, Worcester by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham by Glenn Howells Architects
Crowbrook, Ware, Hertfordshire by Knox Bhavan Architects
Newhall Be, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects
SOUTH WEST / WESSEX
Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth, Gloucestershire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
The Forum, University of Exeter by Wilkinson Eyre
Heartlands, Redruth by Stride Treglown
Chapel at Cuddesdon by Niall Maclaughlin
West Wing, Said Business School, Oxford by Dixon Jones
Stowe Gardens Visitor Centre, Buckingham by Cowper Griffith
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings by HAT Projects
Colyer-Fergusson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury by Tim Ronalds Architects
Akerman Health Centre, by Henley Halebrown Rorrison
Hayes Primary School, LB Croydon by Hayhurst and Co
Slip House by Carl Turner
Beveridge Mews, Stepney Green Estate, Hannibal Road, E1 by Peter Barber
Ironmonger Row Baths, Norman Street, London, EC1 by Tim Ronalds
Olympic Energy Centre, King's Yard, Olympic Park, E9 by John McAslan
Olympic Masterplan, E20 by Allies and Morrison
Lauriston School, Rutland Road, E9 by Meadowcroft Griffin/MLA
Church Walk, N16 by David Mikhail
Montpelier Community Nursery, Brecknock Road, N19 by AYA
North London Hospice, Barrowell Green, N21 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
UCH Cancer Care Centre, WC1 Hopkins Architects by Hopkins
Quadrant 3, Air Street, W1 by Dixon Jones with Donald Insall Associates
The 9 RIBA Award buildings in the EUROPEAN UNION are:
Frederiksberg Courthouse, Copenhagen, Denmark by 3XN
Sorø Art Museum, Denmark by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Pierresvives, Montpellier, France by Zaha Hadid Architects
MBA Building, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, France by David Chipperfield Architects
House on Mount Anville, Dublin, Ireland by Aughey O'Flaherty Architects
University of Limerick Medical School and Pergola Bus Shelter, Ireland by Grafton Architects
Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena, Italy by Shiro Studio
Hoflaan House, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Maccreanor Lavington
Municipal Auditorium of Teulada, Alicante, Spain by Francisco Mangado y Asociados
The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The prize will be presented on Thursday 26 September at Central St Martins in London.
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