Speaking at the awards dinner, RIBA President Sunand Prasad said: "RIBA Awards are only made to buildings that really work for their users. They are a studied response by architect and lay judges not only to the submitted material but most importantly to tours of buildings conducted by the clients and architects of the schemes."
Ouf of the 92 RIBA Regional Winners short listed in May, 16 were projects that were honoured with RIBA National awards. David Chipperfield Architects walked away with 2 awards in this category and his BBC Scotland project was praised by the judges for its ability to resolve the issue of turning something that is purely functional into something socially and sculpturally successful. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris were also awarded twice with their London based projects: housing scheme, Adelaide Wharf, and Westminster Academy.
The landmark slender profile of The Hilton Tower by Ian Simpson Architects with its 210 private apartments and 279 hotel rooms was also a winner.On a smaller but nonetheless captivating scale, one award went to a novel West Sussex landmark: the East Beach Café in Littlehampton by Heatherwick Studio. It was aptly described by the jury as a great hollow hulk of welded steel, an empty shell, a piece of enigmatic flotsam. The Sackler Crossing in Kew Garden designed by John Pawson was presented with an award for its sinuous serpentine across the water whose deck set at the minimum possible distance from the lake’s surface makes you feel as if you are walking on water. Another bridge was awarded, but this time in the RIBA International category where there were 10 winning projects. Wilkinson Eyre’s Living Bridge at the University of Limerick was commended for its response to a highly sensitive context. Zaha Hadid Architects won with the Nord Park Cable Railway in Austria for the great virtuosity achieved by the construction in its three dimensionally curved glass forms.
Danish practice Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitektfirma were conferred an award for The Royal Playhouse in Copenhagen: the jury appreciated the quality of the space as it speaks of a refined level of attention and care, and bears witness to the intense collaboration between architect and client in delivering an exemplary space for the spoken word.
This year’s RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize was awarded to a private house in Costa Rica known as Casa Kike by Gianni Botsford Architects.
Coin Street Community Builders has won this year's RIBA Client of the Year Award for their transformation of the South Bank by building a genuine community in London's cultural quarter.
The final shortlist for the £20,000 Stirling Prize will be drawn from the 16 RIBA National Award winners, and the RIBA European Award winners who are eligible for the prize. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 17 July and the winner revealed on October 11 2008 at the 2008 RIBA Stirling Prize Dinner at the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool. This year’s judges will be Ben van Berkel from UNStudio Netherlands, Shelley Mc Namara from Grafton Architects in Dublin, Kieran Long, Architects Journal Editor and Lauren Laverne, Presenter of The Culture Show.
The 16 buildings that have won RIBA National Awards are:
Accordia Cambridge by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios/Alison Brooks Architects/Macreanor Lavington
Adelaide Wharf, Hackney, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
BBC Scotland Glasgow by David Chipperfield Architects
East Beach Café Little Hampton, West Sussex by Heatherwick Studio
Hilton Tower Manchester by Ian Simpson Architects
Lawn Tennis Association’s National Tennis Centre Roehampton, London by Hopkins Architects
Manchester Civil Justice Centre Manchester by Denton Corker Marshall
North Wall Arts Centre St Edward’s School, Oxford by Haworth Tomkins
Pier Arts Centre Stromness, Orkney by Reiach and Hall Architects
Royal Festival Hall London by Allies and Morrison
St Marylebone Church of England School Performing Arts Facility London, by Gumuchdjian Architects
Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
The Belgrade Theatre Coventry by Stanton Williams
The Sackler Crossing Kew, Surrey, by John Pawson
Wembley National Stadium London, Foster + Partners/HOK Sport
Westminster Academy at the Naim Dangoor Centre London, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
The 10 RIBA European Award winning buildings are:
Am Kupfergraben 10 Berlin, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects
Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena Station Amsterdam, Netherlands by Grimshaw/ARCADIS Architecten
BMW Welt Event, Exhibition and Automobile Delivery Centre Munich, Germany by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D Prix, W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
Carabanchel Social Housing Madrid, Spain by Foreign Office Architects
Empire Riverside Hotel & Brauhaus Hamburg, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects
Lufthansa Aviation Center Frankfurt a.M Frankfurt, Germany by Ingenhoven Architects
Nord Park Cable Railway Austria by Zaha Hadid Architects
The Royal Playhouse Copenhagen, Denmark by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitektfirma
The Sleeping Giant Co.Dublin, Ireland by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects
University of Limerick Limerick, Ireland by Wilkinson Eyre Architects