Stirling Prize winner revealed


Everyman TheatreThe new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014.

Haworth Tompkins’ winning project replaces the original Everyman Theatre, which was in a state of disrepair, with a new and sustainable building that recognises its heritage.

Stephen Hodder, RIBA President, said: “Complementing beautifully with the surrounding listed buildings, it is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring, bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre.”

The award, which is given to the best building of the year, is now in its nineteenth year.

Find out more about the winner here.

Stirling Prize shortlist revealed


The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.

RIBA choose Astley Castle as their winner of the 2013 Stirling Prize


Stirling Prize WinnerThe Royal Institute of British Architects has announced their winner of the 2013 Stirling Prize, which was awarded to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for Astley Castle.

This beautiful and sympathetic scheme placed a new building at the heart of the old, bringing new life to features that were once dying away. 

Astley Castle is a 12th century fortified manor that was damaged by fire in 1978. Witherford Watson Mann Architects has designed a new house that allows visitors to experience life in a centuries old castle whilst still enjoying all the 21st century modern conveniences.

RIBA comments, “Astley Castle demonstrates that working within sensitive historic contexts requires far more than the specialist skills of the conservation architect: this is an important piece of architecture, beautifully detailed and crafted. The decision to put the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and the communal spaces above makes the experience of the house very special as perhaps the most impressive spaces are the outdoor Tudor and Jacobean ruins.”

Astley Caste - Stirling Prize WinnerWatch a film about this fantastic building below or visit RIBA here to find out more about this outstanding project and the other shortlisted entries.

Images © Helen Binet

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist: Astley Castle from RIBA on Vimeo.

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced


Bishop Edward King ChapelGiants Causeway Visitors CentreRIBA has announced a shortlist of six buildings nominated for their Stirling Prize Best Building of the Year award.

The Stirling Prize is awarded to the building that has made the most significant contribution to British architecture in that year.

There is a refreshing feel to the candidates on RIBA‘s 2013 shortlist, because five out of the six practices responsible for the buildings are nominated on this list for the first time.

The favourite to win the award is an exceptionally crafted stone chapel by Niall McLaughlin Architects. The chapel is beautifully built from hand-cut clipsham limestone, which is laid to give a woven, drape-like effect up to a continuous clerestory window from which divine light resonates.

Another interesting candidate from this years shortlist is the Giants Causeway Visitor Centre, Heneghan Peng were the architects responsible for the design of this building. It strikes a difficult balance of being a geological presence in its own right, while also maintaining the designer aspect that makes it aesthetically pleasing for the visitors. 

Find out more infromation on this year’s candidates here and let us know your winner!

RIBA awards 2013 winners announced


Olympic MasterplanPierresvivesBishop Edward King ChapelThis year’s winners for the Royal Institute of British Architects(RIBA) Awards have been announced, which includes 9 winners of the European Awards and 43 winners of the National awards, which form the basis for the Stirling Prize shortlist.

RIBA also announced the winners of the Regional Awards and International Award as part of a simultaneous event. The winners of the International Award are considered for the Lubetkin Prize.

To be eligable for an award the project must be designed by a RIBA chartered architect and RIBA international fellows.

The projects awarded include 

Each of the National Award winning buildings are presented with a lead plaque and the winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced at an event on Tuesday 26th September at St. Martins, Kings Cross.

To see all the RIBA Award winners, click here.

Regent Street windows


Topshop WindowKaren Millen windowFerrari WindowHave you popped down to Regent Street recently? Well if you can handle the crowds you should, as this year’s RIBA Window Project is currently in place.

The project includes six architecture studios working with shops along the famous road, creating unique displays in six of the most iconic stores.

Supported by RIBA and the Regent Street Association, the project is in its fourth year and runs until 6th May 2013.

Topshop has a rotating wheel of mannequins designed by George King and Mark Nixon from Neon, which will allow for different outfits to be displayed throughout the day.

The installation at Karen Millen is made of sports fabric and cable ties, and spans the 30-metre length of the window. It is the creation of Mamou-Mani.

John Tollitt and his team at Gensler drew on the emotional response one may feel driving one of their cars for their display for the flagship store of Ferrari.

The atrium of Espirit‘s store was transformed by naganJohnson into a beach scene, complete with a wave of chestnut paling fencing.

Carl Turner Architects referenced American artist Gordon Matta Clark‘s images of cut-out buildings at Jack Spade‘s Brewer Street store, just off Regent Street, creating fantasy New York streetscapes on the facade, in the windows and on blackboard illustrations.

Finally, interlocking panels to form freestanding screens at Moss Bros, creating a three-dimensional herringbone effect was the idea of AY Architects.

Find out more information and see more images here.

Photographs are by Agnese Sanvito.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced


The Hepworth
Olympic Stadium
Sainsbury

This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist has been announced with six buildings, including the London Olympic Stadium by Populous and two projects by OMA.

The six that will compete for the £20,000 prize for the Best Building by a British-registered architect are:

The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire by David Chipperfield Architects (pic 1)
London Olympic Stadium by Populous (pic 2)
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast by O’Donnell + Tuomey
Maggie’s Centre, Gartnavel, Glasgow by OMA
New Court, London by OMA with Allies and Morrison
Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge by Stanton Williams (pic 3)

See more about the shortlist here.

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