The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a professional organization for architects based in the United Kingdom. It is one of the most prestigious architectural associations globally and has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1834.
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RIBA has recently announced the four projects from the United Kingdom that have been nominated for the first Reinvention Award. These projects include a school in Warwickshire and a museum in east London.
A Warwickshire school in a former radio transmitter building
In the competition for the first-ever Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Reinvention Award are projects designed by Van Heyningen and Haward Architects (vHH), Wright & Wright Architects, 6a Architects, and Associated Architects with Rodney Melville and Partners.
The Houlton School in Warwickshire was established as a result of the renovation of a Grade II-listed radio station structure. In addition, three new school buildings were constructed and organized around a central courtyard.
The Museum of the Home in Hackney, which is located amid Grade I-listed ancient almshouse buildings and a public garden, was recently rebuilt and expanded thanks to the work of Wright & Wright Architects.
Wright & Wright Architects renovated the historic Museum of the Home
Great Things Lie Ahead is the name of a community gym that was established in central London as a result of the renovation and enlargement of an already existing facility at Holborn House.
This work was carried out by 6a Architects in partnership with the artist Caragh Thuring. The University of Wolverhampton School of Architecture and the Built Environment is housed in a newly constructed facility that was converted from an abandoned brewery by Associated Architects and Rodney Melville and Partners.
Great Things Lie Ahead, Holborn House
The president of the RIBA, Simon Allford, stated that all four projects "illustrate that the architecture of reinvention requires enormous talent, vision, and creativity." The RIBA Reinvention Award seeks to recognize creative reuse projects as part of a rising tendency in architecture toward honoring the repair of existing structures over new developments.
This trend is driven by concern about embodied carbon, and it is part of a larger movement in architecture toward valuing sustainability. Its purpose is to bring attention to the fact that initiatives involving reuse may not only extend the useful life of existing buildings and improve their energy efficiency, hence decreasing the need for new construction, but also give social and economic advantages.
The careful husbandry of existing resources – including buildings – has a long and noble, if recently forgotten, architectural history that we are relearning, and fast. This award demonstrates that breathing new life into beloved old buildings can reap huge rewards for their users and our planet.- Simon Allford
I hope that this inaugural award will act as a catalyst, inspiring others to take up the retrofit challenge and that we will see many more exciting and ambitious examples in the future.- Simon Allford
A judging panel consisting of Allford, Studio PDP partner Marion Baeli, and former BBC energy and environment commentator Roger Harrabin chose the winners of the 2023 RIBA Regional Awards to be included on the shortlist. The panel's decision was made by Allford.