The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the winners of the prestigious 2017 RIBA National Awards for architecture
The 49 winners include an ecological straw-clad office building in Norwich (The Enterprise Centre); an exemplary social housing development next to a railway viaduct in London (Silchester); the world’s first ‘vertical pier’ (British Airways i360); the ‘top-notch’ transformation of Leicester Cathedral including the rediscovered tomb of Richard III (Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’); and a striking new biomass power plant in Sheffield (Blackburn Meadows Biomass).
RIBA National Award-winning buildings set the standard for good architecture. The shortlist for the highly coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from the list of 49 RIBA National Award-winning projects announced on 22 June. Other highlights from the winners include:
Victoria Gate Arcades – an instant landmark for Leeds, this large, new shopping centre has a consistent crafted feel, taking its design cues from the nearby 19th century arcades, with its woven geometric pattered façade acting as a nod to the city’s bygone wool trade.
Wolfson Tree Management Centre – the carbon footprint has been kept to a minimum in these two new timber buildings at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire. Constructed by local trainee carpenters, it uses locally sourced timber to both form the structure and clad the buildings.
Dyson Campus Expansion – three new buildings have been added to this Wiltshire HQ including a café, multi-purpose sports centre and R&D facilities. The external reflective glass disappears into the landscape, a mirror to its lush landscaped surroundings.
Tate Modern Blavatnik Building (also known as Switch House) – this monumental extension to Tate Modern on London’s Bankside has generous gallery spaces leading to a free rooftop gallery offering a near-panoramic view of the capital. The complexity of the building’s perforated chain mail façade sets a new standard for the use of brick.
Dujardin Mews – The first phase of the wider regeneration of Ponders End in north London, is the first council-led, social housing delivered by the local borough of Enfield in 40 years. These much needed-new homes, built in the vernacular of London brick, set a benchmark for the regeneration of Enfield.
RIBA President Jane Duncan said: “RIBA National Awards provide insight into emerging design trends, as well as showing how well the profession responds to economic drivers. I am delighted to see such confident, innovative and ambitious architecture delivered in such challenging times.”