The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the first wave of their 2017 RIBA Regional Awards, beginning with the West Midlands region. Six projects were selected as winners from the region, which includes the city of Birmingham and its surrounding area.
“This year's winning projects prove that a good architecture should allow its user a space and time to absorb and to reflect,” commented Regional Jury Chair, Natalia Maximova. “The selected designs frame our experience of the buildings and spaces rather than dictate it. They highlight the fact that there is no true architecture without a clear vision and a strong concept. Originality remains a highly valued commodity and a source of inspiration for others and therefore should be recognised.
“The winners deliver an architecture with a narrative and a poetry, while also fully responding to the functional needs of the facilities they created. It is a year of quieter and well-mannered design, nevertheless, no less confident and powerful for that reason.”
Alan Walters Building, University of Birmingham / Berman Guedes Stretton
Croft Lodge Studio, Leominster / Kate Darby Architects
Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre / Arup Associates
Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas / Glenn Howells Architects
St. Michael’s Hospice, Hereford / Architype
The Compound / BPN Architects
Special recognitions were also given to:
Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre - RIBA West Midlands Sustainability Award, sponsored by Geberit
The Compound - RIBA West Midlands Conservation Award
Croft Lodge Studio - RIBA West Midlands Small Project Award
The Compound - RIBA West Midlands Client of the Year Award sponsored by Tobermore
Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum - RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year Award, sponsored by Marley Eternit
These 6 projects will be now further considered for the RIBA National Awards, to be announced this June. The winners of the national award will then create a shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize – the highest award for architecture in the UK.
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A total of 85 buildings from the British capital have been shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA London Awards, including projects from Wilkinson Eyre, AHMM, Allies and Morrison, Herzog & de Meuron, and Rogers Stirk Harbour. All 85 buildings will now be visited and carefully assessed by one of four regional juries, before the regional winners are selected in June of this year.