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RIBA Awards 2012 Winners

Royal Institute of British Architects – Prize Winners – Architects Shortlist

23 + 21 Jun 2012

Britain’s 50 best new buildings – 2012 RIBA Award winners

RIBA Awards 2012 Winners News

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announce the winners of the 2012 RIBA Awards. RIBA Awards for architectural excellence will be presented to 50 buildings in the UK and 9 buildings elsewhere in the EU. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the building of the year will be drawn from the 59 RIBA Award winners.

This year’s winners range from a house in the shape of a sand dune to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, from a demountable opera pavilion to the radical transformation of a Spanish bull-fighting arena. Well-known architects and smaller architecture practices will be battling it out to make it onto this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist alongside television presenter Kevin McCloud and philosopher Alain de Botton who have nailed their colours to the mast and commissioned two of this year’s award-winning buildings.

The dominant theme amongst this year’s winners are major public arts buildings – ten of which have made the grade; many are the result of pre-recession arts lottery funding which has a typically long gestation period. The beautifully finished projects include Bath’s Holburne Museum (Eric Parry Architects) and the Hepworth Wakefield (David Chipperfield Architects).

Refreshingly, the vast majority of the 2012 RIBA Awards winners are in regional towns, with awards across all genre types. Two of the UK’s best-loved seaside towns have received surprising new additions to their coastline and, in the case of the Turner Contemporary at Margate, been hailed as a boost to the town’s economy.

This year’s winners reveal a trend which could be termed ‘austerity chic’, with a strong presence of crafted and considered buildings, using carefully selected materials which emphasize texture, authenticity and environmental efficiency. The Brockholes Nature Reserve Visitor Centre in Lancashire is the perfect example of this – a wooden ‘floating village’ designed to enhance our enjoyment of nature and with an enviable energy rating.

Thoughtful stitching-together of the existing urban fabric is another theme – with the clever reuse and reinvention of existing spaces. Impressive examples of this include London’s new Exhibition Road streetscape and Central St Martin’s Campus, while impressive urban projects such as Kevin McCloud’s housing project, The Triangle in Swindon and the new Lyric Theatre in Belfast demonstrate how to make the best use of confined urban spaces.

Speaking today, RIBA President Angela Brady said:

“For nearly fifty years the RIBA Awards have reflected the changing state of British architecture and revealed emerging design trends. What really stands out is that even in times of austerity, we can still deliver amazingly clever, high quality buildings that reflect the needs of today and enhance our daily lives. The judges were delighted to see so many well considered, crafted and innovative projects, and the use of beautiful materials; these projects are truly exciting and inspiring. The huge range of great buildings will guarantee an exciting RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist later in the year and illustrates the value of quality in architecture.”

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The 50 UK buildings that have won an RIBA Award are:


National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Gareth Hoskins Architects
National Museum of Scotland - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo © Andrew Lee Photographer
National Museum of Scotland : Best Building in Scotland Award 2011

Bogbain Mill, Maryburgh
Rural Design
Bogbain Mill - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
image © Alan Dickson
Bogbain Mill

Dundee Council Civic Office, Dundee
Reiach and Hall Architects
Dundee Council Offices - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
image © Dave Morris
Dundee Council Offices Building

Maggie’s Gartnavel, Glasgow
Maggies Gartnavel - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo © Charlie Koolhaas
Maggie’s Glasgow Gartnavel – shortlisted for Stirling Prize

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Page/Park Architects
Scottish National Portrait Gallery - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
image © Andrew Lee
Scottish National Portrait Gallery


Glenariffe House, Glens of Antrim
McGarry-Moon Architects
Glenariffe House - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo from RIBA
Glens of Antrim House

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
O’Donnell + Tuomey
Lyric Theatre Belfast Building - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo : Dennis Gilbert/VIEW
Lyric Theatre Belfast – shortlisted for Stirling Prize

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Todd Architects
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo from RIBA
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

Rear Extension to 109 Osborne Park, Belfast
Ard (Ciaran Mackel) Architects
Osborne Park House - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo from RIBA
109 Osborne Park


Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough
Medical Architecture
Roseberry Park Middlesbrough - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo : Jill Tate
Roseberry Park Middlesbrough

Toffee Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne
xsite architecture
Toffee Factory Newcastle - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo : Jill Tate
Toffee Factory


Brockholes Visitor Centre, Lancashire
Adam Khan Architects
Brockholes Building - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo : Ioana Marinescu
Brockholes Visitor Centre

Festival House, Blackpool
dRMM Architects
Festival House Blackpool - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo : Alex de Rijke
Festival House Blackpool

North House, Bowden
Roger Stephenson Architects
North House Bowden - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo : Daniel Hopkinson
North House Bowden


Kirk Balk Community College, Barnsley
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Kirk Balk Community College Barnsley - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo © Timothy Soar
Kirk Balk Community College

Saxton, Leeds
Union North
Saxton Leeds - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photo from RIBA
Saxton Leeds

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
David Chipperfield Architects
The Hepworth - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photograph © Iwan Baan
The Hepworth – shortlisted for Stirling Prize


Maggie’s Southwest Wales, Swansea
Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates with Garber & James
Maggies Southwest Wales - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photograph : Thore Garbers
Maggie’s Southwest Wales

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Cardiff - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
image : BFLS
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Development


BFI Master Film Store, Warwickshire
Edward Cullinan Architects
BFI Master Film Store - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photograph : Edmund Sumner
BFI Master Film Store


Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre, Lincolnshire
Jonathan Hendry Architects
Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photograph : David Grandorge
Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre

Easton Neston Estate, Northamptonshire
Ptolemy Dean Architects
Easton Neston - a RIBA Awards 2012 Winner
photographs from RIBA
Easton Neston Estate

Loughborough Design School, Loughborough
Burwell Deakins Architects
Loughborough Design School
photograph : Hufton+Crow
Loughborough Design School


Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall, Essex
Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture
Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre
picture : Paul Riddle
Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall

Royal Veterinary College Student Village, Hatfield
Royal Veterinary College Student Village Hatfield
picture : Tim Crocker
Royal Veterinary College Student Village

The Dune House, Suffolk
Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects
Dune House
image : Chris Wright
The Dune House

The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
Stanton Williams
Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge Building
photograph © Hufton+Crow
Sainsbury Laboratory – shortlisted for Stirling Prize


Private House, Gloucestershire
Found Associates
Private House Gloucestershire
photo © Hufton & Crow
House in Gloucestershire

The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care Bath
photo © Craig Aukland / Fotohaus
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care

The Holburne Museum, Bath
Eric Parry Architects
Holburne Museum
image : Paul Riddle
The Holburne Museum of Art

The Triangle, Swindon
Glenn Howells Architects
The Triangle Swindon
photo : Paul Raftery
The Triangle


Garsington Opera Pavilion, High Wycombe
Snell Associates
Garsington Opera Pavilion High Wycombe
photo : Marcus Dawes
Garsington Opera Pavilion

The Shulman Auditorium, Oxford
Berman Guedes Stretton
The Shulman Auditorium
photo : Adrian Arbib
The Shulman Auditorium

Student Accommodation, Somerville College, Oxford
Niall McLaughlin Architects
Somerville College Oxford
photo : Nick Kane
Student Accommodation Somerville College


McLaren Production Centre, Surrey
Foster + Partners
McLaren Production Centre Building Woking
picture © McLaren
McLaren Production Centre

Turner Contemporary, Kent
David Chipperfield Architects
Turner Contemporary
image : Richard Bryant
Kent gallery building


14 St George Street and 50 New Bond Street, London W1S
Eric Parry Architects
14 St George Street and 50 New Bond Street
photo : Tim Soar
14 St George Street and 50 New Bond Street

Exhibition Road, London SW7
Dixon Jones
Exhibition Road design
photo : Olivia Woodhouse
Exhibition Road Project

Dalling Road, London
Hayhurst and Co. in collaboration with Lucy Carmichael
Dalling Road
photo : Killian O’Sullivan
Dalling Road

Peabody Avenue, Pimlico, London SW1V
Haworth Tompkins
Peabody Avenue
photo : Philip Vile
Peabody Avenue Pimlico

The St. Paul’s Centre at St. Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, London W6
Richard Griffiths Architects
St. Pauls Centre St. Pauls Church Hammersmith
photo : Will Pryce
The St. Paul’s Centre at St. Paul’s Church

The Hurlingham Club, Outdoor Pool, London SW6
David Morley Architects
The Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool London
photo : Jarosław Wieczorkiewicz
The Hurlingham Club, Outdoor Pool

Kings Grove, London SE15
Duggan Morris Architects
Kings Grove London
photo : Edmund Sumner
Kings Grove

White Cube, Bermondsey, London SE1
Casper Mueller Kneer Architects
White Cube London
photograph : Paul Riddle
New London Art Gallery

Hackney Marshes Centre, London E9
Stanton Williams
Hackney Marshes Community Hub
image © Hufton+Crow
Hackney Marshes Centre

London Olympic Stadium, London E20
London Olympic Stadium
photo : London 2012
London Olympic Stadium – shortlisted for Stirling Prize

New Court, London, EC4N
OMA with Allies and Morrison
Rothschild Bank London
photograph © OMA
New Court London – shortlisted for Stirling Prize

St. Pancras Chambers, London NW1
RHWL Architects with Richard Griffiths Architects
St Pancras Chambers
photo © Hufton+Crow
St. Pancras Chambers

Henrietta Barnett School, London NW11
Hopkins Architects
Henrietta Barnett School London
image : Richard Brine
Henrietta Barnett School

University of the Arts London Campus, Central Saint Martins at King’s Cross. Phase 1: Granary Complex, London N1C
Stanton Williams
Central Saint Martins
photo © Hufton+Crow
Central Saint Martins at King’s Cross

The 9 RIBA Award buildings in the European Union are:

PJ Carroll’s Factory Dundalk, Ireland
Scott Tallon Walker Architects
PJ Carrolls Factory
photo : Paul Tierney
PJ Carroll’s Factory Dundalk

Wexford County Council Headquarters, Wexford, Ireland
Robin Lee Architecture
Wexford County Council Headquarters
photo © Andrew Lee
Wexford County Council Headquarters

Solid 11, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tony Fretton Architects
Solid 11 Amsterdam
photo : Peter Cook
Solid 11 Amsterdam

Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Las Arenas Barcelona
photo © Adrian Welch
Las Arenas Barcelona

Bilbao Arena, Bilbao, Spain
Idom UK
Bilbao Arena
photo : Jorge Allende
Bilbao Arena

H27D, Constance, Germany
Kraus Schoenberg Architects
H27D Building
photo : Ioana Marinescu
H27D, Constance

maison L, Yvelines, France
maison L Yvelines
photo : George Dupin
maison L Yvelines

Centre Pompidou – Metz, Metz, France
Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine Architectes with Gumuchdjian Architects
Centre Pompidou-Metz
photo : Roland Halbe
Centre Pompidou-Metz

FCN 2009, Portelle, Italy
M Guiseppina Grasso Cannizzo
FCN 2009 Portelle
photo : Sudio Grasso Cannizzo
FCN 2009 Portelle

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 Saturday 13 October 2012.

Location: UK

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