RIBA Announces 2017 National Award Winners

RIBA Announces 2017 National Award Winners, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced 49 exemplary projects as winners of the 2017 RIBA National Awards. This year’s list features projects from a wide range of typologies and leading architecture firms including Herzog & de Meuron, Foster + PartnersWilkinsonEyre, and Caruso St John Architects.

Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects © Hélène BinetTate Modern's Blavatnik Building (Switch House) / Herzog & de Meuron © Iwan BaanSouth Street / Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd. © Richard ChiversSt Albans Abbey / Richard Griffiths Architects © Richard Griffiths+50

“Congratulations to the clients and their design teams for the extraordinary talent, ambition and enthusiasm that has led to this year’s roll-call of phenomenal buildings,” said RIBA President Jane Duncan at today’s announcement. “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.

Particular trends called out by Duncan include projects aimed at tackling the country’s shortage of quality housing developments, the innovative use of architecture to enhance excitement and pleasure in the built environment and the continued preference for brick among the UK’s top architects. One negative trend identified by Duncan was the lack of publicly-funded education projects.

“I am pleased to award a selection of high-quality new school buildings such as The Laboratory, Dulwich College and new music facilities at Wells Cathedral School, that will benefit generations of children and teachers. However, after a few boom years, which saw a clutch of award winning, cost effective state school buildings, it’s disappointing that there are none on this year’s list. Well-designed schools support improved student achievement, and staff and student wellbeing and should be part of educational aspirations for all our schools, not just those in the fee-paying sector.”

Selected from the winners of 12 regional awards programs, the national list will now make up the pool of projects competing for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year.

The full list of winners includes:

Carrowbreck Meadow / Hamson Barron Smith
Norwich, Norfolk, England

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Carrowbreck Meadow / Hamson Barron Smith © Jefferson Smith

Carrowbreck Meadow / Hamson Barron Smith © Jefferson Smith

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia / Architype
Norwich, Norfolk, England

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The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia / Architype © Nick Caville

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia / Architype © Nick Caville

Peacock House / BHSF Architekten with Studio-P
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

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Peacock House / BHSF Architekten with Studio-P © Benedikt Redmann

Peacock House / BHSF Architekten with Studio-P © Benedikt Redmann

St Albans Abbey / Richard Griffiths Architects
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England

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St Albans Abbey / Richard Griffiths Architects © Richard Griffiths

St Albans Abbey / Richard Griffiths Architects © Richard Griffiths

Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre / Walters & Cohen Architects
Walsham le Willows, Suffolk, England

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Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre / Walters & Cohen Architects © Will Scott

Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre / Walters & Cohen Architects © Will Scott

The Welding Institute / Eric Parry Architects
Great Abington, Cambridge, England

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The Welding Institute / Eric Parry Architects © Dirk Lindner

The Welding Institute / Eric Parry Architects © Dirk Lindner

Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’ / van Heyningen and Haward Architects
Leicester, England

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Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project 'With Dignity and Honour' / van Heyningen and Haward Architects © Carlo Draisci

Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’ / van Heyningen and Haward Architects © Carlo Draisci

The Laboratory, Dulwich College / Grimshaw
Dulwich, south London, England

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The Laboratory, Dulwich College / Grimshaw © Daniel Shearing

The Laboratory, Dulwich College / Grimshaw © Daniel Shearing

No 49 / 31/44 Architects
Hither Green, southeast London, England

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No 49 / 31/44 Architects © Anna Stathaki

No 49 / 31/44 Architects © Anna Stathaki

The Loom / Duggan Morris Architects
Whitechapel, east London, England

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The Loom / Duggan Morris Architects © Jack Hobhouse

The Loom / Duggan Morris Architects © Jack Hobhouse

8 Finsbury Circus / WilkinsonEyre
City of London

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8 Finsbury Circus / WilkinsonEyre © Dirk Lindner

8 Finsbury Circus / WilkinsonEyre © Dirk Lindner

40 Chancery Lane / Bennetts Associates
Holborn, central London, England

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40 Chancery Lane / Bennetts Associates © Allan Crow

40 Chancery Lane / Bennetts Associates © Allan Crow

King’s College School / Allies and Morrison
Wimbledon, southwest London, England

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King's College School / Allies and Morrison © Nick Guttridge

King’s College School / Allies and Morrison © Nick Guttridge

New Scotland Yard / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Embankment, central London, England

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New Scotland Yard / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris © Timothy Soar

New Scotland Yard / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris © Timothy Soar

Paradise Gardens / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Hammersmith, west London, England

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Paradise Gardens / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands © Paul Riddle

Paradise Gardens / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands © Paul Riddle

Photography Studio for Juergen Teller / 6a architects
Ladbroke Grove, west London, England

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Photography Studio for Juergen Teller / 6a architects © Johan Dehlin

Photography Studio for Juergen Teller / 6a architects © Johan Dehlin

Silchester / Haworth Tompkins
Notting Hill, west London, England

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Silchester / Haworth Tompkins © Philip Vile

Silchester / Haworth Tompkins © Philip Vile

Barretts Grove / Amin Taha + Groupwork
Stoke Newington, north London, England

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Barretts Grove / Amin Taha + Groupwork © Timothy Soar

Barretts Grove / Amin Taha + Groupwork © Timothy Soar

Dujardin Mews / Karakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington
Ponders End, north London, England

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Dujardin Mews / Karakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington © Mark Hadden

Dujardin Mews / Karakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington © Mark Hadden

Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building (Switch House) / Herzog & de Meuron
Bankside, central London, England

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Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building (Switch House) / Herzog & de Meuron © Iwan Baan

Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building (Switch House) / Herzog & de Meuron © Iwan Baan

The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Bloomsbury, central London, England

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The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners © Joas Souza

The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners © Joas Souza

Walmer Yard / P Salter and Associates with Mole Architects John Comparelli Architects
Holland Park, west London, England

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Walmer Yard / P Salter and Associates with Mole Architects John Comparelli Architects © Hélène Binet

Walmer Yard / P Salter and Associates with Mole Architects John Comparelli Architects © Hélène Binet

Live Works / Flanagan Lawrence with Tench Maddison Ash Architects
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

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Live Works / Flanagan Lawrence with Tench Maddison Ash Architects © Jill Tate

Live Works / Flanagan Lawrence with Tench Maddison Ash Architects © Jill Tate

Shawm House / MawsonKerr Architects
West Woodburn, Northumberland, England

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Shawm House / MawsonKerr Architects © Rob Rhodes

Shawm House / MawsonKerr Architects © Rob Rhodes

The Word / FaulknerBrowns Architects
South Shields, South Tyneside, England

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The Word / FaulknerBrowns Architects © Al Crow

The Word / FaulknerBrowns Architects © Al Crow

Chetham’s School of Music – Stoller Hall / stephenson STUDIO
Northern Quarter, Manchester, England

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Chetham's School of Music - Stoller Hall / stephenson STUDIO © Daniel Hopkinson

Chetham’s School of Music – Stoller Hall / stephenson STUDIO © Daniel Hopkinson

Finlays Warehouse / stephenson STUDIO
Northern Quarter, Manchester, England

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Finlays Warehouse / stephenson STUDIO © Andrew Wall

Finlays Warehouse / stephenson STUDIO © Andrew Wall

Liverpool Philharmonic / Caruso St John Architects
Liverpool, England

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Liverpool Philharmonic / Caruso St John Architects © Hélène Binet

Liverpool Philharmonic / Caruso St John Architects © Hélène Binet

Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building / Foster + Partners
Christie Hospital, south Manchester, England

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Maggie's at the Robert Parfett Building / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young

Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young

Fallahogey Studio / McGarry-Moon Architects Ltd
Kilrea, Northern Ireland

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Fallahogey Studio / McGarry-Moon Architects Ltd © Adam Currie

Fallahogey Studio / McGarry-Moon Architects Ltd © Adam Currie

Bedales School of Art and Design Building / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Petersfield, Hampshire, England

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Bedales School of Art and Design Building / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios © Hufton + Crow

Bedales School of Art and Design Building / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios © Hufton + Crow

The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College / Stanton Williams
University of Oxford, Oxford, England

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The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College / Stanton Williams © Nick Hufton

The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College / Stanton Williams © Nick Hufton

Magdalen College Library / Wright & Wright Architects
University of Oxford, Oxford, England

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Magdalen College Library / Wright & Wright Architects © Dennis Gilbert

Magdalen College Library / Wright & Wright Architects © Dennis Gilbert

Warwick Hall Community Centre / Acanthus Clews Architects
Burford, Oxfordshire, England

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Warwick Hall Community Centre / Acanthus Clews Architects © Andy Marshall

Warwick Hall Community Centre / Acanthus Clews Architects © Andy Marshall

Caring Wood / Macdonald Wright Architects Rural Office for Architecture
near Maidstone, Kent, England

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Caring Wood / Macdonald Wright Architects Rural Office for Architecture © James Morris

Caring Wood / Macdonald Wright Architects Rural Office for Architecture © James Morris

Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects
Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent, England

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Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects © Hélène Binet

Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects © Hélène Binet

Hastings Pier / dRMM Architects
Hastings, East Sussex, England

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Hastings Pier / dRMM Architects © Alex de Rijke

Hastings Pier / dRMM Architects © Alex de Rijke

British Airways i360 / Marks Barfield Architects
Brighton & Hove, England

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British Airways i360 / Marks Barfield Architects © Visual Air

British Airways i360 / Marks Barfield Architects © Visual Air

South Street / Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd.
Lewes, East Sussex, England

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South Street / Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd. © Richard Chivers

South Street / Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd. © Richard Chivers

Dyson Campus Expansion / WilkinsonEyre
Malmesbury, Wiltshire., England

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Dyson Campus Expansion / WilkinsonEyre © Limited

Dyson Campus Expansion / WilkinsonEyre © Limited

New Music Facilities for Wells Cathedral School / Eric Parry Architects
Wells, Somerset, England

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New Music Facilities for Wells Cathedral School / Eric Parry Architects © Dirk Lindner

New Music Facilities for Wells Cathedral School / Eric Parry Architects © Dirk Lindner

Wolfson Tree Management Centre / Invisible Studio
Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England

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Wolfson Tree Management Centre / Invisible Studio © Andy Marshall

Wolfson Tree Management Centre / Invisible Studio © Andy Marshall

Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum / Glenn Howells Architects
Lichfield, Staffordshire

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Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum / Glenn Howells Architects © Rob Parrish

Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum / Glenn Howells Architects © Rob Parrish

Blackburn Meadows Biomass / BDP
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

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Blackburn Meadows Biomass / BDP © Paul Karalius

Blackburn Meadows Biomass / BDP © Paul Karalius

Derwenthorpe Phase One / Studio Partington
York, north Yorkshire, England

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Derwenthorpe Phase One / Studio Partington © Tim Crocker

Derwenthorpe Phase One / Studio Partington © Tim Crocker

Victoria Gate Arcades / ACME
Leeds city centre, England

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Victoria Gate Arcades / ACME © Jack Hobhouse

Victoria Gate Arcades / ACME © Jack Hobhouse

City of Glasgow College / Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects
Cathedral Street, Glasgow, Scotland

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City of Glasgow College / Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects © Keith Hunter

City of Glasgow College / Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects © Keith Hunter

Newhouse of Auchengee / Ann Nisbet Studio
Meikle Auchengree, North Ayrshire, Scotland

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Newhouse of Auchengee / Ann Nisbet Studio © Susan Castillo

Newhouse of Auchengee / Ann Nisbet Studio © Susan Castillo

Rockvilla / Hoskins Architects
Speirs Wharf, Glasgow, Scotland

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Rockvilla / Hoskins Architects © Dapple Photography

Rockvilla / Hoskins Architects © Dapple Photography

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