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AJ First Building Award 2004 in association with RobinEllis Design & Construction The AJ First Building Award is presented to architects for their first completed stand-alone building. All three shortlisted projects were published in the AJ on 26.8.04.

WINNER In Between, London, by Annalie Riches, Silvia Ullmayer and Barti Garibaldo The judges said:

'This modest and ingenious development in a discreet corner of London brings a smile to the faces of all who see it. It is by two architects and a designer, who met during their diploma course. Two years later they embarked on a communal project to design and build their own houses. Each of them took a year out to project-manage subcontractors and to work on the build, developing useful carpentry and plumbing skills in the process.

'They have produced three different units within the uniform frame of a terrace: inventive, full of light, eminently liveable, an implied criticism of the uniformity of conventional terraced housing. Almost a demonstration project, it risks a queue of student visits.

'This terrace of innovation and delight was unanimously agreed to be the winner of the AJ First Building Award. The scheme is an expression of collaboration within tight constraints. The struggle has been worth it: low budget but rich in terms of space, light, ambition and resolution. A sophisticated debut.'

The RIBA Sustainability Award 2004 in association with Sch³co This prize is given to the building that demonstrates most elegantly and durably the principles of sustainable architecture.

WINNER Stock Orchard Street, London, by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects The judges said:

'Stock Orchard Street is an urban oasis, created within one of the most hostile urban environments one could imagine, beside the busy rail approach to King's Cross Station. The form, function and architectural expression of each element have responded to the site constraints at the same time as creating an original composition from a variety of low-cost materials. This is one of the few occasions where the constituent parts of many different low-impact buildings have been assembled to achieve an inspirational sequence of interior spaces. They transcend their original functional purpose and become architecture of the highest quality, while still achieving low overall carbon emissions for a building of this size and complexity.

'The judges felt that the lack of visible renewable technology was more than compensated for by the live/work concept, and sound passive design strategies. They felt this approach shows how environmentally low-impact architecture can genuinely provide a higher quality of life and pioneer a fresh aesthetic.'

Other shortlisted projects were:

Davidson Building, London, by Lifschutz Davidson Limerick County Hall, Ireland, by Bucholz McEvoy Beaufort Court, Kings Langley, by Studio E Architects The RIBA Inclusive Design Award in association with the Centre for Accessible Environments and Allgood This award celebrates inclusivity in building design, and demonstrates that good design results in environments that are safe, convenient and enjoyable to use by people regardless of disability, age or gender.

WINNER The City of Manchester Stadium by Arup Associates The judges said:

'This outstandingly beautiful arena is a totally designed, innovative and brilliantly organised modern football stadium that started life as the main venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and now is home to Manchester City FC.

'The circulation in, around and, all importantly, out of the stadium is managed with rare ease and generosity for all the users, successfully addressing the needs of large volumes of people arriving or leaving at the same time, be they able-bodied or disabled visitors, board members and their guests, or the players themselves.

'Historically, stadia have been inhospitable places for many sectors of the community. This one shows that the inclusive design philosophy and process, carried through into the management of a building and characterised by ongoing dialogue with users, is the key to the making of buildings which are accessible to and usable by everyone.'

Other shortlisted projects were:

The Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, by OMI Architects Manchester Museum by Ian Simpson Architects Horniman Museum, London, by Allies and Morrison The Stephen Lawrence Prize was set up in 1998 to draw attention to the Stephen Lawrence Trust, which helps young black students study architecture, and to reward smaller projects and the creativity required when architects are working with low budgets. It is awarded to the architect of a RIBA Award-winning building costing less than £350,000.

The Stephen Lawrence Prize sponsored by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation WINNER Vista by Simon Conder Associates The judges said:

'Vista is a beach retreat in the bleak environment of Dungeness which has been designed with wit, style and a great deal of technical skill and ability. This scheme develops the local vernacular in a way that responds to the drama and harshness of the landscape.

'This delightful, tactile house is built with extensive use of timber and plywood, and is clad unusually in a skin which is like the black rubber used in wetsuits. Clearly there was a symbiotic relationship between the client and architect to realise this dream holiday home. (Visitors are obliged to stay in the 1954 Airstream caravan parked next door - itself not a bad deal. ) 'As well as displaying humour in elements such as the entrance, where Conder has used an old shed to act as a foyer, it also displays a keen technical ability in the execution of the fold-back glazed sliding doors. As Marco Goldschmied concluded:

'One of the points of genius is that he has found a way of making it both extraordinary and ordinary at the same time.'' Other shortlisted projects were:

Davidson Building, London by Lifschutz Davidson Limerick County Hall, Ireland by Bucholz McEvoy Beaufort Court, Kings Langley by Studio E Architects The Crown Estate Conservation Award This award is presented to the best work of conservation that demonstrates successful restoration and/or adaptation of an architecturally significant building.

WINNER The King's Library at the British Museum by HOK International The judges said:

'It was an enormous challenge when the books that gave the King's Library its raison d'Ûtre were moved out to the British Library and the room was left without a function. The challenge has been met brilliantly, and the restoration of the room and its conversion into an exhibition about the Enlightenment and the early collections of the museum itself have revealed the room in its full glory - one of the finest in London. Intervention in the historic fabric appears at first glance to be minimal, yet the more you look, the more you become aware of the work that has gone into the project. The whole room has been invisibly serviced and beautifully lit, and employed great ingenuity to hide more than 200km of wiring.

'It is a worthy winner of the Crown Estate Conservation Award, reflecting the success of a skilled and dedicated team: HOK's Conservation and Cultural Heritage Group, working closely with the museum's own keepers and designers and outside specialist consultants and conservators.'

Other shortlisted projects were:

Manchester Museum by Ian Simpson Architects Sker House, Wales by Davies Sutton Architecture Compton Verney Mansion, Warwickshire by Stanton Williams Grange Park Opera House, Hampshire by Studio E Architects The Manser Medal presented by Abrocour in association with The Best of British Homes This prize is awarded for the best one-off house in the UK designed by an architect.

WINNER The Black House, Cambridgeshire, by Mole Architects The judges said:

'To have built a five-bedroom house for only £174,000 is impressive enough, but to have done so using prefabricated timber components, coupled with such a high level of energy conservation, makes this a model of its kind - housebuilders please take note. Best of all is its distinctive character, so different from its conventional neighbours and yet so appropriate to its rural location.'

Other shortlisted projects were:

Wakelins, Newmarket, by James Gorst Architects Butterfly House, Surrey, by Chetwood Associates Vista, Romney Marsh, by Simon Conder Associates

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