Great British Buildings gives you an exclusive look at some of the this year’s RIBA award winning buildings in the London. Join the architect for a one off architectural tour as they reveal the stories behind the building, what inspired them and what makes their building an RIBA Award winner.
As part of this series of events showcasing 2018's Award winners, we will tour Walthamstow Wetlands with Witherford Watson Mann Architects. The Walthamstow Wetlands have been created out of an area of 200 hectares that had previously had only limited accessibility and locals considered a wasteland. It now very successfully links four London Boroughs and has opened up a beautiful expanse of land and waterscapes for public recreation.
The jury panel during the RIBA Awards process decribed the building:
‘The sensitive handling of the restoration of these historic buildings using a simple palette of materials has been particularly successful. The careful detailing and sourcing from bricks to wooden panelling (even old school chemistry desks reclaimed as tables) contrasts well with the new steel gantries, stairs and lifts to access the viewing platforms.'