AWARDS _ The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the 2014 RIBA National Awards. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 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).
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.
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.
Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo Architecten credits Mecanoo; cover: Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth by Wilkinson Eyre Architects credits Richard Chivers
“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” said RIBA President Stephen Hodder.
London 2012 Aquatics Center by Zaha Hadid Architects Credits: Hufton Crow
The prize will be presented on Thursday 16 October in London.
King's Cross Station by John McAslan + Partners Credits Hufton Crow
Golden Lane by Amin Taha Architects
JW3 by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Ortus by Duggan Morris Architects
Rambert by Allies & Morrison
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins Credits Philip Vile
Police Service of Northern Ireland Memorial Garden by Hackett Hall McKnight
Cliff House, Isle of Skye by Dualchas Architects credits: Andrew Lee
261 West Princes Street, Edinburgh by Elder & Cannon Architects
Scottish Water – The Bridge, Glasgow by Reiach and Hall Architects
Red Bridge House, Crowborough by smerin architects Credits Tim Crocker
The Novium, Chichester by Keith Williams Architects
Architecture Archive, Somerset by Hugh Strange Architects
The Lee Building, Bath by Fielden Fowles Architects with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Poole Harbour Second Crossing, Dorset by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
The Wilson, Cheltenham Gallery & Museum by Berman Guedes Stretton
Waverley School, Birmingham by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Manor Works, Sheffield by 00:/
Seizure Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield by Adam Khan Architects
Marseille Vieux Port by Foster + Partners Credits Nigel Young
Musiktheater Linz by Terry Pawson
Vartov Square, Copenhagen by Hackett Hall McKnight
The Blue Planet, Katstrup by 3XN Architects Credits Adamm Moerk
Images courtesy RIBA