The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 49 winners of the 2018 RIBA National Awards for architecture. The RIBA awards, which have been presented since 1966, recognize the best new buildings and provide an insight into the UK’s cultural, design, and construction trends.
This year’s winners range in scale from significant major cultural buildings (Tate St. Ives and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) and striking additions to the London skyline (Bloomberg and The Leadenhall Building), to tiny projects and hidden gems, such as the sculptural Bethnal Green Memorial which commemorates the 173 people who died in the Bethnal Green tube disaster of 1943, and Lochside House, an exemplary sustainable home set in the West Highlands.
Other projects in the list of winners include a bold new cultural building which provides Chester with a library-by-day and theatre-by-night (Storyhouse); a sustainable nursery-cum-community hall (Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery, Cambridge); a commercial office space including restaurants, bars and a cinema (R7, London) and a former dilapidated department store dating from 1906 which has been renovated to provide work and social spaces for local businesses, including a community Post Office (The Department Store, London).
RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: “For over 50 years the RIBA Awards have celebrated the best new buildings, large or small; shining a light on trends in the construction industry, and illustrating why the UK’s architects and architecture have an enviable global reputation.”
“I am particularly pleased to see some excellent examples of large-scale housing schemes amongst this year’s winners. Projects such as these are beacons showing how it is possible for enlightened local authorities and developers to create the well-designed, desirable, and sustainable homes that communities so desperately need,” he continued.
“From exceptional mixed-use buildings that bring a community together, and breathing new life into dilapidated historic buildings, to getting the best value from an awkward site or limited budget, every one of this year’s award winners is a testament to the architects’ skill in solving a range of challenges to create projects that will inspire and delight their users and communities for years to come,” he further added.
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