The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced three prestigious awards for 2016, including the Stirling Prize for best building of the year. Here are the winners.

Celebrating the best architecture in the United Kingdom (UK) and around the world, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards recognise projects that reflect changes and innovations in architecture, and display commitment to creating buildings and spaces that improve people’s lives.

Stirling Prize for best building of the year
Honouring the UK’s best new building.

Newport Street Gallery involved the conversion of a street in Vauxhall in South-London into a free public gallery for artist Damien Hirst’s private art collection. Designed by Caruso St John Architects, three listed Victorian industrial buildings, formerly carpentry and scenery painting workshops for West End theatres, have been remodelled and flanked at either end by entirely new buildings, one of which has a striking, spiky saw-tooth roof.

The hard, pale, red brick finish on the new buildings closely references the original ones, while both the ground and upper floors within the five interconnected buildings have been connected, with spiral staircases on the side, to create flexible spaces able to accommodate everything from individual works to larger shows. Adding a contemporary touch, a huge LED panel entices passing train commuters to visit.
2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize
Encouraging fresh architecture talent and rewarding the best projects with a budget less than £1 million.

House of Trace is an unconventional extension of a London terraced house. Tsuruta Architects has merged two cultures, British and Japanese, in the design, with playful spatial relationships. The central void, marking the split between the old and new, forms a focal point where living and communal spaces have a direct connection to the sleeping and private spaces upstairs.

Externally, the architect preserved the ordinary construction of stock bricks of the rear side of the house. Inside, CNC-cut plywood was used for most of the new construction, from spatial enclosure to furniture, bound together with simple tenon joints. The plywood is subtly marked with routed assembly instructions and the occasional stray cartoon character.
2016 Client of the Year Award
Recognising the key role a good client plays in the creation of successful architecture.

Westmorland Limited, the first and only family-run motorway service station operator in the UK, was nominated by Glenn Howells Architects. Not typically a building type known for its architecture, together, client and architects used good design to develop the unique Gloucester Service Station, which considers the local community and offers a different experience than other run-of-the-mill service stations.
Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to RIBA for the information given to write this article.

Caption: On the external facade of House of Trace, the architect preserved the ordinary construction of stock bricks.
© Tim Crocker