2013 RIBA National and EU Award winners are announced

The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize

by eleonora usseglio prinsi
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AWARDS _ 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.

 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."


The 43 UK buildings that have won an RIBA National Award are: 


1.      The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh by Simpson and Brown

2.      Forth Valley College of Further & Higher Education, Stirling by Reiach and Hall Architects

3.      Mareel, Lerwick Shetland by Gareth Hoskins Architects with PJP Architects

4.      University of Aberdeen New Library by SHL - schmidt hammer lassen architects

5.      4 Linsiander , Vig, Lewis by Studio KAP Architects



6.      Giant's Causeway Visitors' Centre by heneghan peng architects

7.      MAC - Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast by Hackett Hall McKnight



8.      Jesmond Gardens Primary School, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 by ADP



9.  Chetham's Music School, Manchester, M3 by Stephenson: ISA Studio

10.  M&S Cheshire Oaks by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson

11.  MMU Business School by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio

12.  St Silas CofE Primary School, Blackburn by Capita Symonds



13.  Park Hill, Sheffield by Hawkins/Brown and Studio Egret West

14.  SOAR Works, Parson Cross, Sheffield by 00:/

15.  Kingswood Academy, Bransholme, Kingston upon Hull by AHMM



16.  Astley Castle, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann Architects

17.  Eastside City Park, Birmingham by Patel Taylor

18.  St. Albans Academy, Birmingham by dRMM Architects

19.  The Hive Worcester by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

20.  Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham by Glenn Howells Architects



21.  Crowbrook, Ware, Hertfordshire by Knox Bhavan Architects

22.  Newhall housing, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects



23.  Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth, Gloucestershire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

24.  University of Exeter: Forum Project of Exeter by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

25.  Heartlands, Redruth by Stride Treglown



26.  Bishop Edward King Chapel by Niall McLaughlin Architects

27.  West Wing, Said Business School, Oxford by Dixon Jones

28.  Stowe Gardens Visitor Centre, Buckingham by Cowper Griffith



29.  Jerwood Gallery, Hastings by HAT Projects

30.  Colyer-Fergusson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury by Tim Ronalds Architects



31.  Akerman Health Centre, by Henley Halebrown Rorrison

32.  Hayes Primary School, LB Croydon by Hayhurst and Co

33.  Slip House by Carl Turner Architects

34.  Beveridge Mews, Stepney Green by Peter Barber Architects

35.  Ironmonger Row Baths, Norman Street, London, EC1 by Tim Ronalds

36.  Olympic Energy Centre King's Yard by John McAslan + Partners

37.  The Olympic Park Masterplan by Allies & Morrison

38.  Lauriston School, Rutland Road, E9 by Meadowcroft Griffin/MLA

39.  Church Walk by David Mikhail Architects

40.  Montpelier Community Nursery, Brecknock Road, N19 by AYA

41.  North London Hospice by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

42.  UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre by Hopkins Architects

43.  Quadrant 3, Air Street, W1 by Dixon Jones with Donald Insall Associates


The 9 RIBA Award buildings in the EUROPEAN UNION are:


1.      FREDERIKSBERG COURTHOUSE by 3XN Architects         

2.      Sorø Art Museum, Denmark by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects         

3.      Pierresvives, France by Zaha Hadid Architects

4.      MBA Building, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, France by David Chipperfield Architects         

5.      House on Mount Anville, Dublin, Ireland by Aughey O'Flaherty Architects

6.      University of Limerick Medical School Ireland by Grafton Architects

7.     Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena, Italy by Shiro Studio

8.      Hoflaan House, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Maccreanor Lavington

9.      Municipal Auditorium of Teulada Alicante, Spain by Francisco Mangado


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

    University of Aberdeen New Library 135

    University of Aberdeen New Library

    Aberdeen / United Kingdom / 2012

    Giant's Causeway Visitors' Centre 6

    Giant's Causeway Visitors' Centre

    Antrim / United Kingdom / 2012

    MAC - Metropolitan Arts Centre 9

    MAC - Metropolitan Arts Centre

    Belfast / United Kingdom / 2012

    Astley Castle 161

    Astley Castle

    Astley / United Kingdom / 2012

    Eastside City Park 57

    Eastside City Park

    Birmingham / United Kingdom / 2012

    St. Albans Academy 6

    St. Albans Academy

    Birmingham / United Kingdom / 2012

    Newhall housing 33

    Newhall housing

    Harlow / United Kingdom / 2012

    University of Exeter: Forum Project 29

    University of Exeter: Forum Project

    Exeter / United Kingdom / 2012

    Bishop Edward King Chapel 30

    Bishop Edward King Chapel

    Oxford / United Kingdom / 2012

    Slip House 85

    Slip House

    Brixton / United Kingdom / 2012

    Beveridge Mews, Stepney Green 18

    Beveridge Mews, Stepney Green

    London / United Kingdom / 2012

    Olympic Energy Centre King's Yard 7

    Olympic Energy Centre King's Yard

    London / United Kingdom / 2012

    The Olympic Park Masterplan 1

    The Olympic Park Masterplan

    London / United Kingdom / 2012

    Church Walk 3

    Church Walk

    London / United Kingdom / 2012

    North London Hospice 9

    North London Hospice

    London / United Kingdom / 2012

    UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre 0

    UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre

    London / United Kingdom / 2012



    Frederiksberg / Denmark / 2012

    Pierresvives 135


    Montpellier / France / 2012

    University of Limerick Medical School and Student Housing 14

    University of Limerick Medical School and Student Housing

    Limerick / Ireland / 2012

    Enzo Ferrari Museum 161

    Enzo Ferrari Museum

    Modena / Italy / 2012

    Municipal Auditorium of Teulada 53

    Municipal Auditorium of Teulada

    Teulada-Moraira, Alicante / Spain / 2011