RIBA Awards

Prestigious awards honour exceptional architecture

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RIBA LogoThe recently presented prestigious RIBA awards judged new buildings in the UK, Europe and further afield to find the 2011 RIBA Award winners and RIBA International Award winners.

RIBA Awards are for buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows, or for buildings in the rest of the EU by RIBA Chartered Architects.

RIBA International Awards are for buildings outside the EU by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows.

Now in its sixth year, the Lubetkin Prize shortlist is drawn from winners of RIBA International Awards. These are for buildings outside the EU by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. The Lubetkin Prize is presented at the RIBA Stirling Prize dinner to the best RIBA International Award winner.

Judging criteria for the awards includes: budget; size; complexity of brief; detail; invention/originality; contract type; client satisfaction; sustainability; social factors and delight.

This year’s RIBA award-winning buildings range geographically from a winery in Spain to a community hall on the Scottish Hebridean island of Raasay, and in style from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford to ‘Love Shack’ – a self-build hideaway in the Lake District National Park.

The recently completed Velodrome is the first ever 2012 Olympics event building to win an architecture prize and is one of five RIBA Awards for Hopkins Architects, a practice previously shortlisted three times for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

2011 has been an exceptional year for private houses which constitute 17 out of 89 UK winners. Schools and universities have also flourished with 14 schools (including three BSF projects and two Academies) and 9 university buildings winning awards. Last year’s RIBA Stirling Prize winner, Zaha Hadid, is an award winner this year with the Evelyn Grace Academy in South London.

Three very different health buildings – the NHS Teenage Cancer Trust in Birmingham, Foster + Partner’s private Circle Hospital in Bath and a new Maggie’s Cancer Care centre in Cheltenham – showcase carefully designed, comfortable spaces to aid patient wellbeing.

“The design we came up with was almost like brick blocks piled on top of one another and as they change in level, this created the opportunity for roof terraces and also helped us with our aim of enabling the people who live there to be able to point out and clearly identify their own apartment. This was something which we felt particularly strongly about.

“Unlike traditional housing schemes which have a very strong horizontal bias, we tried to do the opposite and create a vertical feel to the development”

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