The best new buildings – 2014 RIBA National Award winners are announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the 2014 RIBA National Awards, the most rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence. RIBA National Award winning buildings set the standard for good architecture; these are projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectation. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Brockton Capital, for the best building of the year will be drawn from the 56 RIBA National and EU Award winners (44 buildings in the UK and 12 buildings elsewhere in the EU).

Some of the UK’s best-known new buildings have won an award: the Shard by Renzo Piano, the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo and the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station by John McAslan and Partners. Alongside these big projects, the crop of winners includes a particularly large number of smaller scale projects, for example Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft formed from a village school and barn in Sussex by Adam Richards Architects; the conservation and redesign of the Grade 2 listed Porthmeor Artists’ Studios in St Ives by Long & Kentish Architects and a small private house cut into a cliff on the Isle of Skye by Dualchas Architects.

The stand-out trend of the 2014 RIBA National Awards is the array of high quality, confident public buildings built for communities all over the country. These buildings show that investment in exceptionally well-crafted civic buildings and public spaces can bring together communities, boost pride and revive our cities, towns and villages. Great examples where this is evident amongst the winners include the big and bold Brent Civic Centre and the creation of an elegant new public square and café in Great Yarmouth, both by Hopkins Architects; the delightful and tactile new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins; the impressive new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and an exciting new crisply-designed youth centre in Lewisham by young architects RCKA.

There are still very few commercial and privately-owned buildings recognised this year, clearly a recession trend. The large number of smaller-scale projects winning awards show architects’ talent to create great architecture even with more modest briefs and budgets.

Speaking today, RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

“This year’s RIBA National Award winners show that exceptional architecture can be found anywhere: on any high street, in any village or town, and with any budget. Good architecture always begins with a committed client and it is extremely heartening to see in this year’s crop of winners, the increasing recognition, notably in the public sector, of the vital role of good design in attracting visitors, students and clients and of the dramatic influence that a beautiful building has on communities and pride. These buildings show the challenges that can be overcome with pure architectural creativity – in the case of the London School of Economics’ student centre, a vertical labyrinth was created to deal with a constricted London site; at the TNG Youth Centre in Lewisham the architect helped find funding to enable the building to happen; and with the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, the design team resolved the most complex brief: strict atmospheric conditions on a historic site. It is evident that each building on this year’s list has been a labour of love but worth every penny and effort.”

The winners of the RIBA National and EU Awards will be celebrated at a special event at the Serpentine Pavilion on 4July, generously hosted by Hiscox, sponsors of the RIBA Manser Medal for the best new home in the UK.

The RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Brockton Capital, is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The shortlist will be announced on 17 July 2014 and the prize will be presented on Thursday 16 October in London.

The Architects’ Journal is media partner for the RIBA National Awards and professional media partner for the RIBA Stirling Prize.


Britten-Pears Archive

  • Stanton Williams
  • Britten-Pears Foundation
  • Aldeburgh, Suffolk
  • Arts

Hargood Close

  • Proctor and Matthews
  • Family Mosaic
  • Colchester
  • Housing

St Georges Chapel

  • Hopkins Architects
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Public/civic


Drapers Academy

  • Feil
  • den Clegg Bradley Studios
  • The Drapers’ Company, Queen Mary University London
  • RM3
  • Education and Community

Brent Civic Centre

  • Hopkins Architects
  • Brent Council
  • HA9
  • Education and Community

Golden Lane

  • Amin Taha Architects
  • Private
  • EC1Y
  • Office Commercial


  • Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • JCC Ventures
  • NW3
  • Arts & Leisure

King’s Cross Station Redevelopment

  • John McAslan + Partners
  • Network Rail
  • N1
  • Public realm/ Commercial

London Aquatics Centre

  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • E20
  • Arts & Leisure

London Bridge Tower/The Shard

  • Renzo Piano Building WorkshopLondon Bridge Quarter
  • SE1
  • Office/ Commercial

London Library

  • Haworth Tompkins
  • London Library
  • SW1Y
  • Arts & Leisure

London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

  • O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
  • London School of Economics and Political Science – Estates Division
  • EC2A
  • Education & Community

Luker House

  • Jamie Fobert Architects
  • Private
  • SW13
  • Housing

One Pancras Square

  • David Chipperfield Architects
  • Argent (Kings Cross)
  • N1C
  • Office/ Commercial


  • Duggan Morris Architects
  • Maudsley Charity
  • SE5
  • Education and Community

Private House (Lens House)

  • Alison Brooks Architects
  • Private
  • N1
  • Housing


  • Allies and Morrison
  • Rambert
  • SE1
  • Arts & Leisure

Saxon Court & Roseberry Mansions

  • Macccreanor Lavington
  • King’s Cross Central Partnership
  • N1C
  • Housing

Tate Britain, Millbank Project

  • Caruso St John Architects
  • Tate
  • Pimlico
  • Arts & Leisure

TNG Youth and Community Centre

  • RCKa
  • Private
  • SE26
  • Education and Community


Everyman Theatre

  • Haworth Tompkins
  • The Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust
  • Liverpool
  • Arts and Leisure

Manchester School of Art

  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Manchester
  • Education and Community


Police Service of Northern Ireland Memorial Garden

  • Hall McKnight
  • Belfast
  • Memorial


261 West Princes Street

  • Elder & Cannon Architects
  • CCG
  • Edinburgh
  • Housing

Cliff House

  • Dualchas Architects
  • Not for publication
  • Isle of Skye
  • Housing

House No. 7

  • Denizen Works
  • Mr and Mrs D.M.Kerr
  • Isle of Tiree
  • Housing

Scottish Water – The Bridge

  • Reiach & Hall Architects
  • Scottish Water
  • Glasgow
  • Commercial


John Henry Brookes Building

  • Design Engine Architects
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Oxford
  • Education and Community

Mary Rose Museum

  • Wilkinson Eyre Architects with Pringle Brandon + Will
  • Mary Rose Trust
  • Portsmouth
  • Arts and Leisure


Brighton College Boarding House

  • Allies and Morrison
  • Brighton College
  • Eastern Road, Brighton
  • Housing

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

  • Adam Richards Architects
  • Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
  • Ditchling, East Sussex
  • Arts and Leisure

The Novium

  • Keith Williams Architects
  • Chichester District Council
  • Tower Street, Chichester
  • Arts and Leisure

Red Bridge House

  • Smerin Architects
  • Richard Hannay
  • Redbridge Lane, Crowborough
  • Housing

The Ritblat Building, Hilden Grange Preparatory School

  • Hawkins\Brown
  • Alpha Plus Group
  • Tonbridge, Kent
  • Education and Leisure


Architecture Archive

  • Hugh Strange Architects
  • Private
  • Somerset
  • Housing

The Lee Building

  • Fielden Fowles Architects with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council/Ralph Allen School
  • Ralph Allen School, Claverton Down Road, Bath
  • Education and Community

Officer’s Field

  • HTA Design
  • ZeroC Holdings
  • Portland, Dorset
  • Housing

Poole Harbour Second Crossing

  • Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Private
  • Poole, Dorset
  • Commercial

Porthmeor Artists’ Studios and Fishermens’ Cellars

  • Long & Kentish architects
  • Borlase Smart John Wells Trust
  • St Ives
  • Arts and Leisure

The Wilson, Cheltenham Gallery & Museum

  • Berman Guedes Stretton
  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Cheltenham
  • Arts and Leisure


Library of Birmingham

  • Mecanoo
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Birmingham
  • Education and Community

Waverley School

  • AHMM
  • Lend Lease and Birmingham City Council
  • Birmingham
  • Education and Community


Manor Works

  • Double Zero Design
  • Manor Development Company
  • Sheffield
  • Education and Community

Seizure Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

  • Adam Khan Architects
  • Arts Council Collection
  • Wakefield
  • Arts and Leisure


Departments Of Law And Central Administration Vienna University

  • CRAB studio
  • BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.
  • Vienna
  • Education

Library and Learning Centre

  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Vienna
  • Education

Musiktheater Linz

  • Terry Pawson
  • Musiktheater Linz GmbH
  • Linz
  • Arts & Leisure

The Blue Planet

  • 3XN
  • Den Blå Planet Denmark National Aquarium De
  • Katstrup
  • Leisure

Danish Maritime Museum

  • BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Danish Maritime Museum
  • Helsingør
  • Arts & Leisure

Vartov Square

  • Hall McKnight
  • Copenhagen City Council
  • Copenhagen
  • Public space

Marseille Vieux Port

  • Foster + Partners
  • Marseille
  • Public space

Baakenhafen Bridge

  • Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Hamburg
  • Public space

Extension Joachimstrasse 11, Berlin

  • David Chipperfield Architects
  • David Chipperfield Architects Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
  • Berlin
  • Office/ commercial


  • Foster + Partners
  • The City of Munich Cultural and Building Departments
  • Munich
  • Arts & Leisure

Nuovo Centro Civico in Scandicci

  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Province of Florence
  • Public/Civic building

Metrostation Kraaiennest

  • Maccreanor Lavington
  • Dienst infrastructuur Verkeer Vervoer, GVB, Stadsdeel Zuidoost
  • Amsterdam
  • Public transport