The time of the year for the annual Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards announcement has arrived and it's going to be celebrations all round for a large selection of talented British and EU practices.
The awarded 89 buildings from all over the UK, as well as an extra 8 coming from the rest of the EU, were announced earlier this week. The total of 97 buildings, include larger work from established names, like the Evelyn Grace Academy in London by Zaha Hadid Architects and the Olympic Velodrome by Hopkins Architects, to smaller but equally captivating projects like the Love Shack in Cumbria by Sutherland Hussey Architects or the Balancing Barn in Suffolk by MVRDV.
With work spanning from Spain to the Scottish Hebrides, the judges this year cast their net far and wide and offer us a great winning selection of all typologies, shapes and sizes. Private houses have been especially prominent taking up 17 out of the 89 UK winners' positions, as were schools with another 14 places in the winning line-up. Meanwhile, the long list for the Manser Medal for the best house in the Uk has also been announced.
The fact that the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist will be drawn from this winners list will undoubtedly only add to the winning practices' excitement.