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RIBA National Awards Winners For Architecture Revealed
This year’s winners of the 2018 National Awards for architecture have been announced by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), recognising the country’s best new buildings and providing us with an insight into the country’s cultural, construction and design trends.
Key trends spotted this year include buildings with multiple functions in order to benefit local communities, such as a cultural building in Chester that serves as a library during the day and a theatre at night, or a commercial space in London that also has space for a cinema, bars and restaurants.
Another trend that was illustrated by this year’s winners was using building materials that are sensitive to the local context. For example, at Walthamstow Wetlands two historic buildings have now been transformed into a viewing platform and visitor centre, using sensitively chosen bricks and wood.
Reuse and regeneration was yet another key trend identified for the construction sector right now, with examples among the winners including the revival of four dilapidated buildings at Albert Works, a conservation area in Sheffield.
Ben Derbyshire, RIBA president, said: “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.
“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.”
This year’s winners include 25 Savile Row in London, the Bethnal Green Memorial, Bushey Cemetery, Durham Cathedral, Liverpool’s Royal Court, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and many more.
RIBA has also just announced the longlist for this year’s House of the Year, with 20 projects in the running to take home the title. They include a derelict old gin distillery in east London that has now been transformed into a contemporary family home, a farm shed in North Yorkshire that is now part classical villa and part country cottage, and a black timber-clad property just outside Belfast that was built for just £100,000.
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