The 31st October saw the announcement of the winners of theRIBA awards, the most important awards for architecture in Great Britain. The design by the dRMM Architectsstudio “Hastings Pier” was the public favourite and winner of the 22nd edition of the covetedRIBA Stirling Prize 2017,.
Hastings Pier was destroyed by a fire in 2010 and dRMM Architects was entrusted with rebuilding it, going beyond the traditional tasks of an architect to design and represent, for the Stirling Prize jury, a development of the professional areas of architecture. The jury, made up of Ben Derbyshire (President of the RIBA), architects Anupama Kundoo (Anupama Kundoo Architects) and Peter St John (Caruso St John Architects), BBC journalist Evan Davis and Jane Hall (Founding member of Assemble) appreciated the vital role that dRMM played in supporting the local community, including in the project fundraising stage. The participation of the local community, the positive impact on the whole community and a wide use of sustainable materials with wood recovered from the original pier were further stand-out features of this interesting project.
The awards evening also saw the announcement of the winners of the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize , the Houseboat designed by Mole Architects and Rebecca Granger Architects and RIBA Client of the Year, the Bedales School Art and Design Building for its headquarters designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
Images courtesy of RIBA www.architecture.com
Hastings Pier – RIBA Stirling Prize 2017
Architects: dRMM Architects
Photos: Alex de Rijke and James Robertshaw
Houseboat – RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2017
Architects: Mole Architects + Rebecca Granger Architects
Photos: Rory Gardiner
Bedales School Art and Design Building - RIBA Client of the Year 2017
Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Photos: Hufton and Crow, Matthew Rice