RIBA’s Stephen Lawrence shortlist revealed
Following the unveiling of the Stirling Prize finalists, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Stephen Lawrence Prize. Comprised of seven small-scale British projects built on a relatively modest budget, highlights include an extension impressive built in ruins and an energy efficient renovation of a 1960s modernist house.
Created in honor of a black British teenager who was studying to become an architect but was killed in a racist attack, the Stephen Lawrence Prize aims to encourage new architectural talent and showcase projects created for a relatively small budget of less than £1 million (about $1.2 million). The grand prize winner will be announced on October 13. Last year’s top prize went to Tonkin Liu Architects’ stunning water tower.
“I am honored to chair the Stephen Lawrence Prize Jury in place of my father, Marco Goldschmied, who unfortunately was unable to participate this year and has since passed away,” said Matthew Goldschmied. “As a jury, we were seriously encouraged by the climate-conscious ethos that underpins so many of these small projects. Of those that prioritize the reuse and adaptation of existing historic buildings and structures, to those experimenting with materials and technologies to meet low-carbon ambitions.We were also delighted to select three projects that focus so strongly on fostering community: projects that create vibrant spaces and connections for new and established communities and demonstrate the power of architecture to lift morale and improve lives.”
London’s Hackney School of Food, by Surman Weston, involved a charity and a federation of schools and turned the caretaker’s house of a former abandoned school into a communal learning kitchen for the area. The house and its garage now provide an inspiring place to teach children about healthy farming, cooking and eating.
Leeds Footbridge, by Gagarin Studio with DP Squared, straddles the city’s River Aire and serves two purposes: it functions as an eye-catching pedestrian bridge and also incorporates parts of the district heating network and other services that span the river. Corten steel provides a maintenance-free structure that is recyclable and its decorative balustrades have been laser cut.
The Parchment Works, by Will Gamble Architects, is a stunning home extension in Northamptonshire. The project adds living space to an architecturally significant Victorian family home by incorporating the crumbling walls of an adjacent historic parchment factory on the site.
Ravine House, by Chiles Evans + Care Architects, is located in the East Midlands and involved the restoration and extension of an extraordinary house originally built in 1967. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired modernist residence has been painstakingly upgraded with a geothermal borehole that is used for energy-efficient heating and cooling, while an airtight exterior helps it maintain a comfortable temperature and solar panels reduce its grid-based electricity consumption.
Surbiton Springs, by Surman Weston, is located in London and is creating a new two storey detached house on a suburban street. Defined by an eye-catching exterior, it blends traditional Tudor and industrial design choices and features an open, bright interior layout designed for flexibility.
Squeezed into a narrow plot between 1960s terraced houses, Leyton House by McMahon Architecture is a new home that overcame significant planning challenges. Its interior is bathed in light and leaves the masonry exposed, which is an inspired choice. It has also been carefully designed to maximize all available space and is ready for solar panels and a geothermal heat pump to be installed later when the budget allows.
Sanchez Benton Architects, along with Gabriel Kuri and Nigel Dunnett, created the Peveril Gardens and Studios following a competition focused on the southern end of Tower Bridge Road in London. The team transformed a disused garage with a raised podium into a public walled garden and artists’ studios on the ground floor, while working on a tight budget.