These are the winners of the RIBA Awards, the Oscars of international architecture lifestyle
These awards, with 180 years of history, acknowledge the best architectural projects carried out in the UK and the rest of the world.
The RIBA International Awards –organised by the Royal Institute of British architects and with a 180-year history– have become one of the most important architectural awards.
On a similar level to the Oscars, the international acknowledgement of these awards represents an incentive for all architects, students and professionals who decide to present their projects and architectural research.
Given that sustainability has become an enticement for this sector, this year’s winners in the different categories have driven bioclimatic buildings and energy efficiency to demonstrate that another type of architecture is possible.
House Lessans named House of the Year
The RIBA jury named House Lessans the House of the Year.Designed by McGonigle McGrath, a teacher in the Masters of Architecture and Degree Programmes at Queen’s University (Belfast), this home was subject to the refurbishment of an old farmstead in County Down (Northern Ireland), integrating new construction structures into the Irish agricultural landscape.
The budget for this reconstruction was 335,000 pounds. “House Lessans proves that architecture does not have to affect the environment. McGrath has used very simple and economic materials to create a home insomuch as it flows with its dwellers and its context“, said Alan Jones, president of RIBA.
The best constructions of 2019
Another of the awards’ most important categories are the RIBA National Awards. A section that acknowledges the best constructions of the year in the United Kingdom for “making a significant contribution to the world of architecture,” as expressed by the organisation.
This year’s winning projects feature The Macallan distillery in Scotland and the Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery building in London.
Located in the Speyside region (Scotland), The Macallan whiskey distillery is one of the country’s largest and its refurbishment process kept the original foundations intact, adding more resistant and restrained materials.
This is the case with its ceiling, which is made in an undulating manner with timber and more than 1,800 single girders. And with the 36 copper pot stills throughout its interior.
Developed by the architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, designers of the Noken (Porcelanosa Group) Mood bathroom collection, this building blends a curved roof with next-generation technology.Furthermore, to boost the integration of the building into the natural landscape without damaging it, 95% of the energy used in its facilities comes from renewable sources.
“The new distillery will allow The Macallan to increase production by a third. Internally, a series of production cells are organised in a linear format with an open-plan layout that simultaneously reveals all stages of the production process. Located in the naturally sloping contours of the site, the design directly references the ancient Scottish earthworks“, state the architects.
Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery building
Located in London’s Ealing district, this was the retirement home of British architect John Soane, a representative of the London neoclassical style.
The renovation of this practice, built in 1804, featured the work of the Jestico + Whiles studio, one of Porcelanosa’s official collaborators at Clerkenwell Design Week (one of the sector’s most important design festivals). This project “has created delightful design that offers an important insight into the quirky and wondrous world of Soane for generations to come” (RIBA Awards)
Photography House Lessans: Aidan McGrath
Photography Macallan: Joas Souza & Mark Power
Photgraphy Pitzhanger: Dirk Linder
Credit: RIBA (architecture.com)