The ‘bold reinvention’ of the Bristol Old Vic by 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize winners Haworth Tompkins has been named building of the year in the RIBA South West region
The 2,135m² scheme, one of six projects to receive 2019 RIBA South West Awards, also took home the region’s conservation award.
Describing the revamp of one of Bristol’s best-loved theatres, the jury said: ‘A sure hand has made drama of a much-altered historic fabric, applying an as-found aesthetic that exposes the scars of what was there before to tell a story, allowing contrasts and patina of materials to add intrigue.
‘The control of materials is masterful, being at the same time raw and fine.’
Chosen from a 14-strong shortlist, the project was joined among the regional award winners by Peter Zumthor’s first permanent UK project, the Secular Retreat near Chivelstone in Devon, where Mole acted as executive architects.
The other four selected projects were designed by South West-based practices: Stonewood Design, New British Design, David Sheppard Architects and AHR’s Bristol office.
The regional winners will now be considered for an RIBA National Award, which will be announced on 27 June 2019. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.
Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Haworth Tompkins
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Source: Philip Vile
Kingswood Preparatory School & Nursery, Bath, Stonewood Design
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Source: Craig Auckland
The Secular Retreat, Devon, Atelier Peter Zumthor (executive architect: Mole Architects)
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Source: Jack Hobhouse
Batelease Farm, Devon, New British Design
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Source: George Fielding Photography
The Green House, Devon, David Sheppard Architects
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Source: Joakim Boren
UKHO Headquarters, Devon, AHR
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Source: Daniel Hopkinson
Special award winners
RIBA South West Conservation Award 2019 Bristol Old Vic, by Haworth Tompkins
RIBA South West Building of the Year 2019 Bristol Old Vic, by Haworth Tompkins
RIBA South West Project Architect of the Year 2019 sponsored by Taylor Maxwell Adam Chambers, of Stonewood Design for Kingswood Preparatory School & Nursery, Bath
RIBA South West Client of the Year 2019 and RIBA South West Sustainability Award 2019 sponsored by Michelmersh UKHO Headquarters, Devon, AHR