A whisky distillery in Scotland, a house made of cork, an opera house in a rural setting and a redeveloped train station have all made it on to the shortlist for the 2019 Riba Sterling prize. Riba, the Royal Institute of British Architects will take time to consider the shortlist, with plans to announce this years overall winner in October. The 2018 winner was Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in the City of London, which is the largest stone building in the city.
Ben Derbyshire, the President of RIBA said that the buildings that have made the shortlist ‘could hardly be more diverse’ and contained ‘ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials’. The quality of design, architecture, and craftsmanship is the common thread between the shortlisted buildings, which on the face of it all come from vastly different design points.
The RIBA shortlist for this year once again demonstrates how highly the architecture sector in the UK is viewed from across the globe, with such a high number of innovative and highly sought after designs and buildings being celebrated, as has been the case for a number of years now. The quality and the creativity continue to astound the industry year upon year.
The prestigious award has a massive impact on the architects and buildings, with previous winners including the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh and the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. Let’s take a look at the shortlisted buildings for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize.
Cork House, Berkshire (Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton) – This incredible building has been constructed almost entirely out of cork, with the assembly put together by hand and without using glue or mortar, helping it to emit zero carbon. It is a great demonstration of how architecture and nature can come together beautifully.
Goldsmith Street, Norwich (Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley) – This development has been in the news due to its environmental impact and potential for future developments. 105 energy-efficient homes make this the first council housing scheme to make the list, and highlights ‘the best of enlightened modern domestic European architecture’.
London Bridge Station (Grimshaw) – One of the busiest railway stations in the country, London Bridge has reopened after a stunning five year, £1 billion redevelopment project that is home to an impressive concourse and ‘voluminous’ spaces that create a great customer experience.
The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Moray (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) – The £140 million redevelopment of this distillery in Speyside provides futuristic aesthetic with its vast grass-covered roof that blends into the rolling hillsides.
Nevill Holt Opera, Leicestershire (Witherford Watson Mann Architects) – A contemporary opera theatre built within a rural 17th century stable block in Market Harborough that has been praised for the ‘modesty, craftsmanship, care and attention’.
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Feilden Fowles Architects) – This building has merged architecture and the surrounding landscape beautifully, improving the immediate environment and welcoming visitors to the new restaurant, shop, and gallery space.
It will be extremely interesting to see which project comes out on top later in the year, and the impact it will have on the architecture industry as a whole in terms of future designs and plans.