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6 Projects Win 2017 RIBA West Midlands Awards

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.

Alan Walters Building, University of Birmingham / Berman Guedes Stretton. Image © Quintin Lake Croft Lodge Studio, Leominster / Kate Darby Architects. Image © David Connor Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas / Glenn Howells Architects. Image © Paul Miller Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre / Arup Associates. Image © Simon Kennedy + 29

Nick Leith-Smith Builds Timber Frame Family Home in 10 Weeks

Text description provided by the architects. London-based Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design built a timber frame family home in just ten weeks, replacing an existing post-war bungalow in Berkshire. The environmentally friendly residence is 240-square-meters and sits on a designated flood zone, requiring the house to be placed upon a 1-meter-high brick plinth. The addition of such height creates a split level between the garage and entrance level, adding depth to an otherwise restrained material palette.

Learn more about the project and view select images after the break.

Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design + 17

The 14 Stories Behind the 2015 Building of the Year Award Winners

With our annual Building of the Year Awards, over 30,000 readers narrowed down over 3,000 projects, selecting just 14 as the best examples of architecture that ArchDaily has published in the past year. The results have been celebrated and widely shared, of course, usually in the form of images of each project. But what is often forgotten in this flurry of image sharing is that every one of these 14 projects has a backstory of significance which adds to our understanding of their architectural quality.

Some of these projects are intelligent responses to pressing social issues, others are twists on a well-established typology. Others still are simply supreme examples of architectural dexterity. In order that we don't forget the tremendous amount of effort that goes into creating each of these architectural masterpieces, continue reading after the break for the 14 stories that defined this year's Building of the Year Awards.

Analog Folk / DH Liberty

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  • architects Authors of this architecture project DH Liberty
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2013

Livsrum - Cancer Counseling Center / EFFEKT

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Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project EFFEKT
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2013

Sustainable Hothouse / C.F. Møller Architects

© Quintin Lake © Julian Weyer © Julian Weyer © Quintin Lake + 40

  • architects Authors of this architecture project C.F. Møller Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    3300.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2012