(University of Greenwich library building)
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2015 RIBA National Awards, one of the most prestigious awards for new buildings in the UK.
The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from the 37 award-winning buildings announced.
Of the 37 winners, thirteen were based in London and included a number of high profile buildings and other small scale buildings. Private housing developments include Richard Rogers’ housing towers on prime London real estate (Neo Bankside), a 45 home canal-side development in west London (Brentford Lock West). At the other end of the size scale is a five-storey, 13-home affordable housing block for Peabody in East London (Darbishire Place).
Education buildings feature strongly with new state schools (Burntwood School, Ashmount Primary School and university buildings (University of Greenwich library building).
The Awards come at a time when London’s housing is high on the political agenda, the concern that much of the construction is at the higher end of the market has led for calls to increase the social housing in the capital.
The 13 London buildings that have won a 2015 RIBA National Award with comments from RIBA are :
1. University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building, SE10 by Heneghan Peng architects
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this delightful building houses the main university library and the departments of Architecture, Landscape and Arts.
2. Burntwood School, Wandsworth by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Bold, characterful new campus buildings with light-filled rooms and corridors add to a sense of this being a very collegiate school.
3. St Mary of Eton Church, Apartments and Community Rooms, Hackney Wick E9 by Matthew Lloyd Architects LLP
Three new buildings, including 26 new apartments, in patterned red brick that responds to the original Grade II* listed church.
4. The Foundry, SE11 by Architecture 00 Ltd
Refurbishment of an old shoe polish factory into a flexible building for ethical organisations; the expressive language of the architecture appropriately suggests informality, openness and the idea of a collective of individuals.
5. NEO Bankside, SE1 by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
New housing towers with exo-skeleton and external lifts on London’s South Bank – a well-mannered example of a structurally expressive architecture.
6. University campus for Hult International Business School, E1 by Sergison Bates architects
New undergraduate campus in a converted Grade II-listed brewery with a clear architectural identity and strong aesthetic sense.
7. Bonhams, W1 by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Exemplary urban infill on an extremely complicated site. Grand new entrance and refurbished Deco facades.
8. Ashmount Primary School, N8 by Penoyre & Prasad
Exemplary zero-carbon school and nursery which carefully manipulates its plan and cross-section to draw in natural light and reveal woodland views.
9. Levring House, north London by Jamie Fobert Architects Ltd
Spacious and luxurious Danish-brick-clad house on the corner plot of a typical London mews.
10. Foyles, WC2 by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Previously home to Central St Martins School of Art, this is more than just a bookshop. Behind the restored 1930s façade, is a mixed-use block with top floor apartments.
11. Kew House, TW9 by Piercy&Company
Bold, highly inventive and well-considered family house in patinated steel in a conservation area.
12. Brentford Lock West, TW8 by Duggan Morris Architects
45 unit housing scheme that sets a challenging standard for canal-side residential architecture in an area that has previously been ill-served by its developers.
13. Darbishire Place, E1 by Niall McLaughlin Architects
Dignified new 13-home Peabody apartment building, with refined proportions and details.
14. National Theatre (NT Future) by Haworth Tompkins
The assured front-of-house re-organisation gives the theatre greater clarity and a sense of arrival. It has radically transformed a new stretch of London’s South Bank.
If you would like find out more about the RIBA Awards, visit the RIBA website here
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