Yorkshire buildings scoop national award for architectural excellence

The Blue Crystal-Filled Council Flat Seizure by artist Roger Hiorns, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The Blue Crystal-Filled Council Flat Seizure by artist Roger Hiorns, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
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TWO impressive Yorkshire buildings have won a national award in recognition of their architectural excellence.

A temporary concrete gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a contemporary community enterprise centre in Sheffield have been given a 2014 Royal Institute of British Architects National Award.

The Seizure Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, by Adam Khan Architects, and Manor Works in Sheffield by Architecture 00, received the awards yesterday.

The Yorkshire buildings are among 56 buildings in the UK and Europe that have received RIBA Awards today.

The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will now be drawn from these selected RIBA National and European Award winners. RIBA president, Stephen Hodder, said: “This year’s RIBA National Award winners show that exceptional architecture can be found anywhere: on any high street, in any village or town, and with any budget. Good architecture always begins with a committed client and it is extremely heartening to see in this year’s crop of winners, the increasing recognition, notably in the public sector, of the vital role of good design in attracting visitors, students and clients and of the dramatic influence that a beautiful building has on communities and pride. These buildings show the challenges that can be overcome with pure architectural creativity - in the case of the London School of Economics’ student centre, a vertical labyrinth was created to deal with a constricted London site; at the TNG Youth Centre in Lewisham the architect helped find funding to enable the building to happen; and with the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, the design team resolved the most complex brief.

“It is evident that each building on this year’s list has been a labour of love but worth every penny and effort.”