2015 RIBA London Awards

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38 schemes were awarded at London’s top architecture event 2015 RIBA London Awards held at the National Theatre last week (Monday 18 May).

One of the major winners of the night, taking the RIBA London Building of the Year Award, supported by BLP Insurance, were Architecture 00 for The Foundry (see photo above), a stripped back and rebuilt former shoe polish factory transformed on a small budget into a Social Justice and Human Rights Centre in Vauxhall.

The other big winners of the night were Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands who took the RIBA London Architect of the Year Award, presented by onefinestay for their new flagship store for the Soho institution and bookseller Foyles on Charing Cross Road. The project is a triumphant resurrection of a stuffy and declining bookstore into a dynamic literary emporium that transforms bookshopping for Londoners. The judges were so impressed with Foyles and the relationship they forged with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands that they awarded Foyles the RIBA London Client of the Year Award stating ‘This project is a rare example of an independent retailer working closely with the architect and design team to transform bookshopping into a social, cultural and even urban experience.’

vPPR Architects took the RIBA London Emerging Architect of the Year Award for Vaulted House, a family house built on the walled site of a former taxi garage, and almost entirely hidden in the middle of a Victorian block in Chiswick.

38 projects were awarded a 2015 RIBA London Award for architecture excellence.

10 New Burlington Street, W1S by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
5 Pancras Square, N1C by Bennetts Associates
Ashmount Primary School, N8 by Penoyre & Prasad
Bonhams, W1S by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Brentford Lock West, TW8 by Duggan Morris Architects
Burntwood School, SW17 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Courtyard House, E7 by Dallas Pierce Quintero
Darbishire Place, Peabody Housing, E1 by Niall McLaughlin Architects
Donmar Dryden Street, WC2E by Haworth Tompkins
Employment Academy, SE5 by Peter Barber Architects
Fitzroy Park House, N6 by Stanton Williams
Foyles, WC2H by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Friends House, NW1 by John McAslan and Partners
House In Wapping, E1W by Chris Dyson Architects
John Roan School, SE3 by John McAslan and Partners
Kew House, TW9 by Piercy & Company London
King’s Cross Square, N1C by Stanton Williams
Levring House, WC1N by Jamie Fobert Architects Ltd
Mint Street, Bethnal Green, E2 by Pitman Tozer Architects Ltd
National Theatre, NT Future, SE1 by Haworth Tompkins
NEO Bankside, SE1 by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Netherhall Gardens, NW3 by Woollacott Gilmartin Architects
Paddington Integrated Project, W2 by WestonWilliamson+Partners
Pear Tree House, SE22 by Edgley Design
Queens Apartments, W2 by Stiff + Trevillion
Ravenor Primary Expansion, UB6 by Seymour Harris Architecture
St Mary of Eton Church, Apartments and Community Rooms, E9 by Matthew Lloyd Architects LLP
St Paul’s School Science Building, SW13 by Nicholas Hare Architects
St Thomas the Apostle College, SE15 by Allies and Morrison
Tabernacle Street, EC2A by Piercy & Company London
The Foundry, SE11 by Architecture 00 Ltd
University campus for Hult International Business School, E1 by Sergison Bates architects
University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building, SE10 by heneghan peng architects
Vaulted House, W6 by vPPR Architects
Waddington Studios, N16 by Featherstone Young Architects
White on White, NW1 by Gianni Botsford Architects
William Perkin Church of England High School, UB6 by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
William Street Quarter, IG11 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

RIBA London Special Awards:

RIBA London Sustainability Award — supported by SIKA goes to Bennetts Associates for 5 Pancras Square
RIBA London Project Architect of the Year Award — supported by LaFarge Tarmac goes to Rob Naybour of WestonWilliams+Partners for Paddington Integrated Project
RIBA London Small Project of the Year Award – Dallas Pierce Quintero for Courtyard House
RIBA London Historic England Award for Constructive Conservation to Peter Barber Architects for Employment Academy

RIBA London interim Director Owen Wainhouse said: “London is an open and international city and has perhaps the highest concentration of design talent found anywhere in the world. Not just in architecture — but right across the creative industries. It’s that concentration of talent, exchange of ideas and fierce competition that makes London such an exciting and challenging place for the practice of architecture. This year’s RIBA London Award winners demonstrate the ability of quality architecture to change people’s lives and enrich London’s built environment. ”


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