The main RIBA prizes and the new Neave Brown Award for Housing have been awarded
On October 8, 2019 London’s iconic Roundhouse, an old industrial building built in 1846 and used for concerts and other events since the 1960s, hosted the award ceremony for handing out the main RIBA prizes: the most prestigious awards for architects in the United Kingdom, selected annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
In 2019 a new prize - the Neave Brown Award for Housing - has been added to the existing honours: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Stephen Lawrence Prize, the RIBA Client of the Year award and the RIBA House of the Year. It is a prize that recognises the best new example of housing projects, dedicated to the memory of the modernist architect Neave Brown, who passed away on January 9, 2018. The British architect considered a pioneer in social housing, was known for the design of a number of residential complexes built in Camden, in North London, and designed since the 1960s. His main work is the Alexandra Road complex, a project that marks an important turning point with respect to the past thanks to features such as the addition to each home of a private outdoor space, a roof garden or a terrace open towards the sky.
The first edition of the Neave Brown Award for Housing prize went to the Goldsmith Street project designed by architect Mikhail Riches in collaboration with Cathy Hawley. A high energy efficiency residential complex which, as stressed by Ben Derbyshire, president of the jury, represents a fitting tribute to Neave Brown’s memory.
The residential project by architect Mikhail Riches also won the most coveted award in British architecture, the Stirling Prize 2019, established by RIBA in 1996.
Project: Goldsmith Street
Architects: Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
Client company name: Norwich City Council
Location: Norwich, UK
Date of completion: December 2018
Awards: RIBA Stirling Prize 2019, Neave Brown Award for Housing
Images courtesy of RIBA, photo by Tim Crocker, Matthew Pattenden
The Stephen Lawrence prize, award that recognises buildings constructed with limited budgets and designed by new talents in British architecture, went to the Cork House project completed by architect Matthew Barnett Howland in collaboration with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton. The Cork House is a very special private house. Made with recycled cork blocks, the project boasts zero emissions and a very low carbon footprint.
Project: Cork House
Architect practice: Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton
Client: Matthew Barnett Howland and Dido Milne
Location: Berkshire, UK
Date of completion: January 2019
Awards: RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2019
Images courtesy of RIBA photo by: ©Alex de Rijke, ©Magnus Dennis, ©David Grandorge, ©Ricky Jones
We conclude this quick overview of the main RIBA awards with the RIBA Client of the Year prize. The award is reserved for clients and recognises their fundamental role in Britain’s best and most brilliant architectural projects for the year. The RIBA Client of the Year 2019 is the Network Rail company, which commissioned important infrastructure projects such as the renovation of the London Bridge Station designed by the Grimshaw Architects studio.
Project: London Bridge Station
Architects: Grimshaw Architects
Client company name: Network Rail
Location: London, UK
Date of completion: May 2018
Awards: Client of the Year 2019
Images courtesy of RIBA, photo by Paul Raftery