RIBA Regional Buildings of the Year! – Latest
Two of our projects were named RIBA Regional Buildings of the Year at the awards ceremony last night!
From the seven projects we had shortlisted for the Regional Awards, the Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects was chosen ahead of 41 other projects to be crowned the London winner. We're delighted for the client, Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and everyone involved in the project.
Sands End Community Centre seeks to provide a shared space for art exhibitions and community events. The centre features a café and space for a children’s day nursery.
The design was inspired by the 19th century glasshouses built by the distinguished horticulturalist James Veitch. Drawing on its horticultural heritage, and the clients aspiration for high sustainability, Elliott Wood worked closely with MAE architects to develop a full timber frame.
Guildford Crematorium by Haverstock won out over the competition in the South East category. The original 1965 Guildford Crematorium building has been rebuilt to respond to ‘modern funeral, memorial and mechanical practices’.
The unusual geometric form of the chapel roof was facilitated by providing a series of parametrically-generated fanning struts within the roof volume, ensuring the glulam timber roof elements were kept slender whilst creating additional architectural interest.
Congratulations to Guildford Borough Council and the project team!
RIBA President, Simon Allford said: ‘Winning a regional Building of the Year Award is a major achievement. Across the country projects have been selected for this accolade because they are exemplars of the very best of innovative, intelligent and delightful design.
‘The results of positive collaboration between architect and client, and design team and contractor, they demonstrate that high-quality, sustainable architecture can positively impact the lives of the people that engage with it.
Read more about the Regional winners in the Architect’s Journal: https://www.architectsjournal....