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Architectural Design Inspiration from the RIBA Awards

16 Oct '18

Lochside House, photography by Richard Fraser for Haysom Ward Miller Architects

RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) has announced its national award winners for 2018. The awards are presented to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture. We couldn’t wait to share some of the outstanding architectural design created this year. Here are just a select few from the winners.

Lochside House

By HaysomWardMiller Architects

The winner for RIBA Scotland and the RIAS Award 2018 is this stunning example of domestic architecture. Situated on the edge of a Scottish Loch, the property provides outstanding views which are drawn into the home through large expanses of glazing. The timber clad exterior blends the design into its surroundings with excellent sustainability. View this spectacular house here.

Five Acre Barn

By Bree Halligan

Winner of several categories including; RIBA East Award 2018, RIBA East Small Project of the Year Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018, this unique design is the future of small hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. The property has an organic form which weaves around the foliage. The original layout allows those staying in the accommodation the option to live and dine together during their stay or simply use the room as a private base for their visit. The shingle clad exterior and individually decked terraces give a truly comfortable feel to an otherwise minimalist design.

Find this inspirational project here.

Marlborough Primary School

By Dixon Jones

Winner of the RIBA London Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018 this school has become a remarkable educational leader through its unique design and construction. Based within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the school is within an area of urban sprawl yet through inspiring architectural design, Dixon Jones has overcome the obvious constraints to create a school where the students can thrive through outdoor play and natural light. Year groups are separated by levels, with the older students based on the higher floors and each floor is designed to appeal to the age group it caters for. The open terraces and walkways also provide the children with an enjoyable outdoor walk to their classroom each day.

Read all about this inspiring piece of architecture here.

Bloomberg, London

by Foster + Partners

Winners of RIBA London Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018, Foster + Partners have succeeded in creating an environment large enough to house the entire Bloomberg staff for the first time. The overall design is impeccable, with even the smallest attention to detail accounted for, from magnetic floor boards to covered walkways, this is not your everyday office space. Despite the generous office areas to the upper levels, and commercial units to the lower (for restaurants and cafes etc) the property does not overshadow those surrounding it in size.

This unique example of architectural design is worth a look

Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive

by Reiach and Hall Architects

Winners of RIAS Award 2018 and RIBA Award for Scotland 2018, Nucleus is an astounding example of an industrial building. Whilst industrial developments are not known for their allure, Reiach and Hall Architects have set the standard, showing us that they can be both beautiful as well as functional. The property still sits well alongside the adjacent wartime airfield and the historic context has not been lost. The security of the site does not detract from its ethereal quality.

View the stunning photos here.

This is just a quick rundown of some of the worthy RIBA winners. All the winners, along with unique photos of their architectural design can be found on the RIBA website

Have a unique architectural design project of your own in mind? Contact our RIBA architects in Oxford to discuss your ideas.