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RIBA Awards 2014

Royal Institute of British Architects Prize Winners – Architects + Designs

19 Jun 2014

RIBA Awards 2014 Winners

Best new buildings – 2014 RIBA National and EU Award winners are announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the 2014 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, sponsored by Brockton Capital, 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 Blue Planet, Kastrup
RIBA Awards 2014 - The Blue Planet
photograph © Adam Mørk

Some of the UK’s best-known new buildings have won an award: the Shard by Renzo Piano, the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo and the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station by John McAslan and Partners. Alongside these big projects, the crop of winners includes a particularly large number of smaller scale projects, for example Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft formed from a village school and barn in Sussex by Adam Richards Architects; the conservation and redesign of the Grade 2 listed Porthmeor Artists’ Studios in St Ives by Long & Kentish Architects and a small private house cut into a cliff on the Isle of Sky by Dualchas Architects.

Britten Pears Archive
RIBA Awards 2014 - Britten Pears Archive
photograph © Hufton Crow

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. Great examples where this is evident amongst the winners include the big and bold Brent Civic Centre and the creation of an elegant new public square and café in Great Yarmouth, both by Hopkins Architects; the delightful and tactile new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins; the impressive new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and an exciting new crisply-designed youth centre in Lewisham by young architects RCKA.

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft
RIBA Awards 2014 - Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft
photograph © Brotherton Lock

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.

Speaking today, RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:
“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 – in the case of the London School of Economics’ student centre, a vertical labyrinth was created to deal with a constricted London site; at the TNG Youth Centre in Lewisham the architect helped find funding to enable the building to happen; and with the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, the design team resolved the most complex brief: strict atmospheric conditions on a historic site. It is evident that each building on this year’s list has been a labour of love but worth every penny and effort.”

The 44 UK buildings that have won an RIBA National Award

1. Britten-Pears Archive, Aldeburgh, Suffolk by Stanton Williams

2. Hargood Close, Colchester by Proctor and Matthews

3. St Georges Chapel, Great Yarmouth by Hopkins Architects
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - St Georges Chapel
photograph © Richard Davies


4. Drapers Academy, London RM3, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

5. Brent Civic Centre, London HA9 by Hopkins Architects

6. Golden Lane, London EC1Y by Amin Taha Architects

7. JW3, London NW3 by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

8. King’s Cross Station Redevelopment, London N1 by John McAslan + Partners
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - Kings Cross Station
photograph © Hufton Crow

9. London Aquatics Centre, London E20 by Zaha Hadid Architects
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - London Aquatics Centre
photograph © Hufton Crow

10. London Bridge Tower/The Shard, London SE1 by Renzo Piano Building WorkshopRIBA Awards 2014 winner - The Shard

photograph © Morley von Sternberg

11. London Library, London SW1Y by Haworth Tompkins
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - London Library Building
photograph © Paul Raftery

12. London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London EC2A by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

13. Luker House, London SW13 by Jamie Fobert Architects

14. One Pancras Square, London N1C by David Chipperfield Architects

15. Ortus, London SE5 by Duggan Morris Architects

16. Lens House, London N1 by Alison Brooks Architects
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - Lens House
photograph © Paul Riddle

17. Rambert, London SE1 by Allies and Morrison

18. Saxon Court & Roseberry Mansions, London N1C by Macccreanor Lavington

19. Tate Britain, Millbank Project, Pimlico by Caruso St John Architects
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - Tate Britain
photograph © Helene Binet

20. TNG Youth and  Community Centre, London SE26 by RCKa
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - TNG Youth Centre
photograph © Jakob Spriestersbach


21. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - Everyman Theatre
photograph © Philip Vile

22. Manchester School of Art, Manchester by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios


23. Police Service of Northern Ireland Memorial Garden, Belfast by Hall McKnight

photograph © Andrew Heptinstall


24. 261 West Princes Street, Edinburgh by Elder & Cannon Architects

25. Cliff House, Isle of Skye by Dualchas Architects

26. House No. 7, Isle of Tiree by Denizen Works
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - House no 7
photograph © David Barbour

27. Scottish Water – The Bridge, Glasgow by Reiach & Hall Architects


28. John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford by Design Engine Architects

29. Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

RIBA Awards 2014 winner - Mary Rose Museum
photograph © Richard Chivers


30. Brighton College Boarding House, Eastern Road, Brighton by Allies and Morrison

31. Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Ditchling, East Sussex by Adam Richards Architects

32. The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester by Keith Williams Architects

33. Red Bridge House, Redbridge Lane, Crowborough by Smerin Architects
RIBA Awards 2014 winner - Red Bridge House
photograph © Tim Crocker

34. The Ritblat Building, Hilden Grange Preparatory School, Tonbridge, Kent by Hawkins\Brown


35. Architecture Archive, Somerset by Hugh Strange Architects

36. The Lee Building, Ralph Allen School, Claverton Down Road, Bath by Fielden Fowles Architects with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

37. Officer’s Field, Portland, Dorset by HTA Design

38. Poole Harbour Second Crossing, Poole, Dorset by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Poole Harbour Second Crossing
photograph © Dave Morris

39. Porthmeor Artists’ Studios and Fishermens’ Cellars, St Ives by Long & Kentish architects
Porthmeor Artists
photograph © Paul Massey

40. The Wilson, Cheltenham Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham by Berman Guedes Stretton


41. Library of Birmingham, Birmingham by Mecanoo
Library Of Birmingham
photograph © Christian Richters

42. Waverley School, Birmingham by AHMM


43. Manor Works, Sheffield by 00:/

44. Seizure Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield by Adam Khan Architects

The 12 RIBA Award buildings in the EUROPEAN UNION

1. Departments Of Law And Central Administration Vienna University, Vienna by CRAB studio

2. Library and Learning Centre, Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects

3. Musiktheater Linz, Linz by Terry Pawson

4. The Blue Planet, Kastrup by 3XN

5. Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

6. Vartov Square, Copenhagen by Hall McKnight

7. Marseille Vieux Port, Marseille by Foster + Partners
Marseille Vieux Port
photograph © Nigel Young

8. Baakenhafen Bridge, Hamburg by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

9. Extension Joachimstrasse 11, Berlin, Berlin by David Chipperfield Architects

10. Lenbachhaus, Munich by Foster + Partners

11. Nuovo Centro Civico in Scandicci, Province of Florence by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

12. Metrostation Kraaiennest, Amsterdam by Maccreanor Lavington
Kraaiennest Metro
photograph © Luuk Kramer

The winners of the RIBA National and EU Awards will be celebrated at a special event at the Serpentine Pavilion on 4July, generously hosted by Hiscox, sponsors of the RIBA Manser Medal for the best new home in the UK.

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