Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre Wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2014

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The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has won this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize for the best new building. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in British architecture and the theatre beat strong competition from other nominations including the Shard, the London Aquatics Centre and the Library of Birmingham.

RIBA President, Stephen Hodder said, “It is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre.”

RIBA President, Stephen Hodder said, “It is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre.”

It took nearly 10 years for the architects to complete the project. They painstakingly pulled down the original structure which used to be a theatre during the 1960s and launched the careers of a whole host of actors including Bill Nighy and Julie Walters. The original theatre was based in the shell of a 19th Century chapel and is located in one of the city centres main streets.

The architects behind the project, Haworth Tompkins reused 90% of the materials from the original theatre to create the new sustainable building that is true to its predecessor. They took down the original structure brick by brick so that they could reuse as many of the materials as possible in the rebuild. The 440 seat building is also the first naturally ventilated auditorium in the UK and uses clever hidden tunnels to circulate air.

The building has been called the ‘theatre of the people’ and features an eye-catching façade on the front with 105 aluminium panels with life-size images of Liverpool residents.

Mr Hodder said; “The success of this exceptional new building lies in the architect’s close involvement with the local community throughout the project”, he went on to say the architects had “struck the perfect balance between continuity and change to win the hearts and minds of the people of Liverpool.”

The judges commented that the building was “truly for every man, woman and child”. They also highlighted the theatres “clever use of materials with interlocking spaces and brilliant lighting.”

Congratulations to the Liverpool Everyman and Haworth Tompkins from all of us here at Ultimate.

Posted October 21, 2014

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