February 21, 2024


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of its National Awards for 2023, naming 30 of the best examples of architecture across the UK this year, including an impressive home made from recycled TV screens and a sustainable home on the roof By the pyramid-shaped roof.

As usual, the majority of the National Awards 2023 projects are located in the south of England, particularly London. However, the UK’s four constituent nations also made appearances this year. One of the projects is from Northern Ireland, three from Scotland and two from Wales.

“Many of the winners’ projects provide models for buildings with wider responsibilities,” said RIBA Chairman Simon Allford. “These buildings deftly demonstrate the power of well-designed spaces to bring people together. potential, and ultimately demonstrate the power of architecture to make our world a better place.

“Our awards are a sign of continued excellence in the field of sustainable design, very much in line with our wider commitment to a low carbon future. These are examples of forward thinking and ingenuity, raising the bar for us all.”

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite projects below, but be sure to head to the gallery to take a closer look at all the winners of the 2023 RIBA National Awards.

Hundred Acre Forest by Denizen Works in the Scottish countryside
Hundred Acre Forest by Denizen Works in the Scottish countryside

Gilbert McCarragher

The Hundred Acre Wood was designed by the always interesting Denizen Works and took a total of eight years to realize. It is located in a beautiful rural area of ​​Scotland overlooking the Loch of Awe.

The exterior of the house is finished with recycled TV screens. While this might conjure up images of a bunch of old TVs clumsily fastened outside, the recycling process first entails smashing the screens into one piece (the idea is actually a joke, referring to the fact that the owner didn’t like the TV), and produces a Attractive resulting silver exterior that shimmers when light hits its surface.

its overall form also draws on historic scottish architecture as well as sculptures by spanish artists Eduardo Chillida. The interior is organized around a very large central hall designed to house a giant Christmas tree, while other highlights include a gold-leaf-lined circular aperture that helps direct daylight inside, and a bathroom with a double copper bathtub , overlooking the rocky landscape.

Saltmarsh House by Niall McLaughlin Architects, Isle of Wight
Saltmarsh House by Niall McLaughlin Architects, Isle of Wight

Nick Kane

Saltmarsh House, designed by last year’s Stirling Prize winner Niall McLaughlin Architects, is located on the Isle of Wight, off the Hampshire coast in southern England. Conceived as an elaborate steel-framed pavilion, the residence references the traditional pitched-roofed conservatories that previously graced the gardens of the larger Victorian house on which the project is located, which features a pyramidal copper roof.

Described by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as a “masterpiece of clean lines and contemporary design”, its tasteful interiors feature expansive glazing, including skylights and large windows that offer views of nearby Bambridge Harbour. .It is also rated as a strict passive house Green building standards, extremely energy efficient heating and cooling year round.

source: Royal Institute of British Architects