RIBA – the Royal Institute of British Architects – has just announced the winners of the coveted RIBA Awards 2013.
43 buildings in the UK have won an award (a further 9 buildings elsewhere in the EU have also won), with three winning buildings here in Yorkshire.
Kingswood Academy in Hull has won the RIBA Yorkshire Client of Year Award; the stunning design of this school building is set in the flat landscape of east Yorkshire and has been built to offer learning opportunities to the whole community. The design has ‘taken as its reference the confident multi-storey Victorian schools that towered over their neighbourhoods’ with a building exterior that is very simple yet bold in design. The school specialises in visual and performing arts and the art rooms have been designed to showcase work onto the building’s internal ‘street.’ Cafes and breakout areas have views over a piazza whilst the toilets have been specially designed to deter bullying. Unusually for a school, the sports hall has been placed on the first floor whilst the spacious labs under the roof space offer stunning views across Hull.
The Soar Works, a purpose built enterprise centre offering social and employment opportunities for deprived neighbourhoods in Sheffield, has been designed to exploit an awkward, triangular back-land site. Winner of the RIBA Yorkshire Sustainability Award and RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year, the building has been designed to make maximum use of natural light. The Soar Works achieved BREEAM excellent status, through its appropriate use of sustainable technologies including a biomass boiler and solar panels.
Winner of the RIBA Yorkshire Conservation Award is Park Hill, Phase 1; a sensitively regenerated Grade II listed building. The building had become very run down due to the problems associated with badly maintained social housing. The team behind the project worked closely with English Heritage to ‘find a balance between retaining its Brutalist language while changing public perception of the building.’
Posted June 17, 2013