It's been only a few weeks since we reported on the winners of the highly anticipated RIBA London Awards and the time has already come to announce their countrywide siblings, the prestigious RIBA National Awards.
Hailed as the precursor to the prestigious Sterling Prize award for best building of the year - drawn from a National Awards shortlist and announced in October - these prizes herald both buildings on British soil and projects realised abroad in the special RIBA EU Awards category. The latter ranges from BIG's Danish Maritime Museum to Vienna University's Departments of Law and Central Administration by CRAB Studio.
The selection is wide, spanning from large-scale public and commercial buildings to smaller scale private houses, but a strong theme emerges for civic buildings and public spaces that bring architectural excellence to their local communities. The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth by Wilkinson Eyre architects with Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will, the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid and the Birmingham Library by Mecanoo, are among the UK-based highlights.
Judged and presented locally, the RIBA awards are a prominent annual distinction that covers categories such as housing, arts & leisure, education & community, office & commercial, civic and public buildings. Now we await the crowning glory: the Sterling Prize.