The best new buildings – 2014 RIBA National Award winners are announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the 2014 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, sponsored by Brockton Capital, for the best building of the year will be drawn from the 56 RIBA National and EU Award winners (44 buildings in the UK and 12 buildings elsewhere in the EU).

Some of the UK’s best-known new buildings have won an award: the Shard by Renzo Piano, the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo and the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station by John McAslan and Partners. Alongside these big projects, the crop of winners includes a particularly large number of smaller scale projects, for example Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft formed from a village school and barn in Sussex by Adam Richards Architects; the conservation and redesign of the Grade 2 listed Porthmeor Artists’ Studios in St Ives by Long & Kentish Architects and a small private house cut into a cliff on the Isle of Skye by Dualchas Architects.

The stand-out trend of the 2014 RIBA National Awards is the array of high quality, confident public buildings built for communities all over the country. These buildings show that investment in exceptionally well-crafted civic buildings and public spaces can bring together communities, boost pride and revive our cities, towns and villages. Great examples where this is evident amongst the winners include the big and bold Brent Civic Centre and the creation of an elegant new public square and café in Great Yarmouth, both by Hopkins Architects; the delightful and tactile new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins; the impressive new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth by Wilkinson Eyre Architects with Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will

There are still very few commercial and privately-owned buildings recognised this year, clearly a recession trend. The large number of smaller-scale projects winning awards show architects’ talent to create great architecture even with more modest briefs and budgets.

Speaking today, RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

“This year’s RIBA National Award winners show that exceptional architecture can be found anywhere: on any high street, in any village or town, and with any budget. Good architecture always begins with a committed client and it is extremely heartening to see in this year’s crop of winners, the increasing recognition, notably in the public sector, of the vital role of good design in attracting visitors, students and clients and of the dramatic influence that a beautiful building has on communities and pride. These buildings show the challenges that can be overcome with pure architectural creativity - in the case of the London School of Economics’ student centre, a vertical labyrinth was created to deal with a constricted London site; at the TNG Youth Centre in Lewisham the architect helped find funding to enable the building to happen; and with the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, the design team resolved the most complex brief: strict atmospheric conditions on a historic site. It is evident that each building on this year’s list has been a labour of love but worth every penny and effort.”

The winners of the RIBA National and EU Awards will be celebrated at a special event at the Serpentine Pavilion on 4July, generously hosted by Hiscox, sponsors of the RIBA Manser Medal for the best new home in the UK.

The RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Brockton Capital, is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.  The shortlist will be announced on 17 July 2014 and the prize will be presented on Thursday 16 October in London.

The Architects’ Journal is media partner for the RIBA National Awards and professional media partner for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Project Name

Practice Name

Client

Location

Category

EAST

 

 

 

 

Britten-Pears Archive

 

Stanton Williams

Britten-Pears Foundation

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Arts

Hargood Close

Proctor and Matthews

Family Mosaic

 

Colchester

 

Housing

St Georges Chapel

 

Hopkins Architects

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

 

Great Yarmouth

 

Public/civic

LONDON

 

 

 

 

Drapers Academy

 

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The Drapers’ Company, Queen Mary University London

RM3

Education and Community

Brent Civic  Centre

 

Hopkins Architects

Brent Council

HA9

Education and Community

Golden Lane

 

Amin Taha Architects

 

Private

EC1Y

Office Commercial

JW3

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

JCC Ventures

 

NW3

Arts & Leisure

King’s Cross Station Redevelopment

 

John McAslan + Partners

Network Rail

N1

Public realm/ Commercial

London Aquatics Centre

 

Zaha Hadid Architects

 

E20

Arts & Leisure

London Bridge Tower/The Shard

 

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

 

London Bridge Quarter

 

SE1

Office/ Commercial

London Library

 

Haworth Tompkins

London Library

SW1Y

Arts & Leisure

London School of Economics  Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

 

O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

London School of Economics and Political Science - Estates Division

EC2A

Education & Community

Luker House

 

Jamie Fobert Architects

Private

SW13

Housing

One Pancras Square

 

David Chipperfield Architects

Argent (Kings Cross)

 

N1C

Office/ Commercial

Ortus

Duggan Morris Architects

Maudsley Charity

SE5

Education and Community

Private House (Lens House)

 

Alison Brooks Architects

Private

N1

Housing

Rambert

 

Allies and Morrison

Rambert

 

SE1

Arts & Leisure

Saxon Court & Roseberry Mansions

 

Macccreanor Lavington

King’s Cross Central Partnership

N1C

Housing

Tate Britain, Millbank Project

 

Caruso St John Architects

Tate

 

Pimlico

Arts & Leisure

TNG Youth and  Community Centre

 

RCKa

Private

SE26

Education and Community

NORTH WEST

 

 

 

 

Everyman Theatre

 

Haworth Tompkins

The Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust

 

Liverpool

Arts and Leisure

Manchester School of Art

 

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester

Education and Community

NORTHERN IRELAND

 

 

 

 

Police Service of Northern Ireland Memorial Garden

 

Hall McKnight

 

PRIVATE

Belfast

Memorial

SCOTLAND

 

 

 

 

261 West Princes Street

 

Elder & Cannon Architects

 

CCG

 

Edinburgh

Housing

Cliff House

 

Dualchas Architects

Not for publication

Isle of Skye

Housing

House No. 7

 

Denizen Works

Mr and Mrs D.M.Kerr

Isle of Tiree

Housing

Scottish Water – The Bridge

Reiach & Hall Architects

Scottish Water

 

Glasgow

Commercial

SOUTH

 

 

 

 

John Henry Brookes Building

 

Design Engine Architects

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford

Education and Community

Mary Rose Museum

 

Wilkinson Eyre Architects with Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will

Mary Rose Trust

Portsmouth

Arts and Leisure

SOUTH EAST

 

 

 

 

Brighton College Boarding House

Allies and Morrison

Brighton College

Eastern Road, Brighton

 

Housing

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

 

Adam Richards Architects

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

 

Ditchling, East Sussex

Arts and Leisure

The Novium

 

Keith Williams Architects

Chichester District Council

Tower Street, Chichester

 

Arts and Leisure

Red Bridge House

 

Smerin  Architects

Richard Hannay

Redbridge Lane, Crowborough

Housing

The Ritblat Building, Hilden Grange Preparatory School

 

Hawkins\Brown

Alpha Plus Group

Tonbridge, Kent

Education and Leisure

SOUTH WEST

 

 

 

 

Architecture Archive

 

Hugh Strange Architects

Private

Somerset

Housing

The Lee Building

Fielden Fowles Architects with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

 

Bath & North East Somerset Council/Ralph Allen School

Ralph Allen School, Claverton Down Road, Bath

 

Education and Community

Officer’s Field

 

HTA Design

ZeroC Holdings

Portland, Dorset

 

Housing

Poole Harbour Second Crossing

 

Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Private

Poole, Dorset

 

 

Commercial

Porthmeor Artists’ Studios and Fishermens’ Cellars

 

Long & Kentish architects

 

Borlase Smart John Wells Trust

St Ives

 

Arts and Leisure

The Wilson, Cheltenham Gallery & Museum

 

Berman Guedes Stretton

Cheltenham Borough Council

Cheltenham

Arts and Leisure

WEST MIDLANDS

 

 

 

 

Library of Birmingham

 

Mecanoo

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham

Education and Community

Waverley School

 

AHMM

Lend Lease and Birmingham City Council

Birmingham

Education and Community

YORKSHIRE

 

 

 

 

Manor Works

 

00:/

Manor Development Company

Sheffield

 

Education and Community

Seizure Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

Adam Khan Architects

Arts Council Collection

 

Wakefield

 

 

Arts and Leisure

EU

 

 

 

 

Departments Of Law And Central Administration Vienna University

CRAB studio

BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

Vienna

Education

Library and Learning Centre

Zaha Hadid Architects

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Vienna

Education

Musiktheater Linz

Terry Pawson

Musiktheater Linz GmbH

Linz

Arts & Leisure

The Blue Planet

3XN

Den Blå Planet Denmark National Aquarium De

Katstrup

Leisure

Danish Maritime Museum

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Danish Maritime Museum

Helsingør

Arts & Leisure

Vartov Square

Hall McKnight

Copenhagen City Council

Copenhagen

Public space

Marseille Vieux Port

Foster + Partners

 

Marseille

Public space

Baakenhafen Bridge

Wilkinson Eyre Architects

 

Hamburg

Public space

Extension Joachimstrasse 11, Berlin

David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH

 

Berlin

Office/

commercial

Lenbachhaus

Foster + Partners

The City of Munich Cultural and Building Departments

Munich

Arts & Leisure

Nuovo Centro Civico in Scandicci

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

 

Province of Florence

Public/Civic building

Metrostation Kraaiennest

Maccreanor Lavington

Dienst infrastructuur Verkeer Vervoer, GVB, Stadsdeel Zuidoost

Amsterdam

Public transport

 

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Notes to editors:

  1. Press information: high resolution photographs and judges citations of all award-wining buildings can be downloaded from:

Selection of 27 images: https://app.box.com/s/t98t04bnnnlyxiy24t8m

All UK and EU building images, by region: https://app.box.com/s/nyx4f1zr0xi76cx1fjfj

More information on RIBA Awards can also be found at www.architecture.com/awards2014

For further information contact either:

General media info: Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office on

020 7307 3813; beatrice.cooke@riba.org

If your query regards a specific project please contact the relevant regional press contact:

RIBA East

Louise Todd – louise.todd@riba.org  01223 566 285

RIBA London

Owen Wainhouse – owen.wainhouse.riba.org; 020 7307 3659

RIBA South and RIBA South East

Jenny Peterson – jenny.peterson@riba.org; 01892 515 715 or 07501 466 648

RIBA West Midlands

Matthew Dobson – matthew.dobson@riba.org  0121 233 2321

South West and RIBA Wessex

Jon Watkins – jon.watkins@riba.org 07501 466 649

Northern Ireland

Gillian Lendrum – gillian@rsua.org.uk; 02890 323 760

North West

Marc Heuston – marc.heuston@riba.org; 0151 703 0107

Scotland

Neil Baxter– nbaxter@rias.org.uk 0131 229 7545 

Yorkshire

Claire Young – claire.young@riba.org; 0113 389 9870

  1. The RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally.  No matter the shape, size, budget or location, RIBA Award winning schemes set the standard for great architecture all across the country. RIBA Awards are for buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Entries are to be submitted to the region or nation in which the building is situated. Winners are considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
  2. Brockton Capital proudly sponsor the RIBA Stirling Prize. Brockton Capital ("Brockton") is a private partnership that advises real estate fund vehicles. Formed in 2005, Brockton Capital has raised around £650m ($1.0bn) of equity across two funds, both of which have been 100% invested in the UK. Around two-thirds of Brockton's portfolio is located in Greater London, with the balance invested across the UK, from Cardiff to Birmingham, Manchester, Warrington, Wigan, Nottingham, Rotherham, Reading and elsewhere.
  3. Brockton Capital has invested into the office, retail, industrial, data centre, car park, residential, pub and street market sectors. Brockton believe that well thought-out design is a positive factor for both the assets themselves, the investors in the Brockton funds, the people who work, shop, eat and live in the buildings as well as the neighbourhoods in which the assets are located.
  4. Brockton have worked with a wide range of both established and emerging architects on both their investment portfolio and major development projects including PLP Architecture, AHMM, Stanton Williams, John McAslan + Partners, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Urban Sense Architects, Paul Davis + Partners, DNA, Emulsion Architecture, Greig + Stephenson and others. For further information see www.brocktoncapital.com
  5. Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). There are three main underwriting divisions in the Group - Hiscox London Market, Hiscox Re and Hiscox Retail (which includes Hiscox UK and Europe, Hiscox Guernsey, Hiscox USA and subsidiary brand, DirectAsia). Hiscox underwrites internationally traded, bigger ticket business and reinsurance through Hiscox Re and Hiscox London Market. Through its retail businesses in the UK, Europe and the US Hiscox offers a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers, as well as homeowners.  For further information visit www.hiscoxgroup.com
  6. For further information on The Architects’ Journal: www.architectsjournal.co.uk  
  7. The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. www.architecture.com

 

Posted on Thursday 19th June 2014
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