The best design installations of 2015

Dezeen has put together a list of the best installations of 2015, taking in some striking and ambitious sculptures.

Our favourites from the list include:

Heartbeat by Charles Pétillon

A stunning installation in Covent Garden, Heartbeat consisted of 100,000 glowing white balloons covering the ceiling of the Market Building – an incredible contrast to the 19th Century architecture.

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble

The Turner Prize-winning collective recreated the concrete playgrounds of post-war Britain inside RIBA, providing an immersive experience – made of foam.

Endgrain by Raw Edges

Raw Edge’s delicate installation created the illusion of furniture growing from the floors of Chatsworth House, using coloured dyes to create geometric patterns.

See the other installations here and let us know which one is your favourite.

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Stirling Prize winner revealed

Burntwood School in Wandsworth has won the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.

RIBA’s Stirling Prize is one of the UK’s most prestigious architecture awards, with nominees shortlisted from the RIBA National Awards and judged for the best contribution to architecture within that year.

The school, which has won a number of architecture awards this year, is a very modern take on design for education, with bold colours and interesting facades.

Architecture firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) is behind the winning project, which the judges described as ‘the clear winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize’.

Other shortlisted buildings include the popular design The Whitworth, which is said to be ‘reminiscent of 1950s Aalto’ and the striking towers of NEO Bankside.

Read more here about Burntwoods success for winning the Stirling Prize.

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The Brutalist Playground

This summer, RIBA’s The Brutalist Playground will be open to the public as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Designed as both a sculpture and an architectural installation, this immersive work of art is part of a new commission by the Turner Prize, architecture collective Assemble, and artist Simon Terrill.

The artists are inspired by the post-war playgrounds that now lie abandoned in parts of London like Pimlico and Paddington, images of which will be projected onto The Brutalist Playground’s concrete walls.

Assemble said: “the challenge of reconstructing elements of now forgotten Brutalist play structures within the RIBA gallery is an exciting opportunity for us to explore contemporary issues surrounding play, by looking at the often surreal objects from the past”.

Learn more about this exciting event here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Shortlist announced for RIBA London awards

RIBA London has announced its shortlist for the 2015 Awards.RIBA London Awards shortlist

68 buildings are part of this shortlist, with buildings designed by AHMM, Roger Stirk Harbour, and John McAslan + Partners being recognised.

The nominations will be assessed by a regional jury, before being considered for the RIBA National Awards.

Take a look at the list of shortlisted projects here and tell us which ones you like.

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.

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