The Architects Journal has announced the shortlist for the Building of the Year Award 2018!
The winner will be revealed at the annual AJ100 dinner on the 13th June.
The Architects Journal has disclosed the 9 shortlisted buildings competing for the prestigious award: Building of the Year 2018.
The shortlist includes The White Collar Factory at Old Street Yard by Architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), comprising 6 buildings with a factory at its heart and boasting a 16-storey height. Another unique urban building in the running is the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987. Another first is the Bloomberg European Headquarters, created by Foster and Partners – the first time all 4,000 London-based Bloomberg employees will be under one roof. The 3.2-acre Bloomberg site encompasses three public plazas and hosts a dining arcade for independent shops to trade from.
Here East, designed by Hawkins\Brown, is constructed from three buildings, transforming the former press and broadcast centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 1.2 million sq. ft of commercial space, into a space for London’s creative and digital industries. To the East, in NW1 the Old Marylebone Town Hall was transformed into a major new facility for the London Business School by Architects Sheppard Robson. The project included the refurbishment of the Old Marylebone Town Hall’s Council House and Annexe buildings – between these buildings a steel and glass entrance and link structure was designed offering the building an added ‘wow’ factor.
The Hawkhead Centre, designed by Page\Park Architects, is a new support and activity centre for ex-servicemen and women who have lost their sight during or after military service. The centre provides a vast array of facilities to aid the charity’s outstanding work and offers a unique connection between the inside of the building and the new sensory garden outside.
Reiach and Hall Architects designed a new storage facility, Nucleus, for the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) to store records relating to the UK’s civil industry and the Caithness Archive.
Overseas, the existing 1950s concert hall in Antwerp (home of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra) was acoustically poor and lacked a sense of arrival or occasion. Architects Simpson Haugh, developed the new auditorium with renowned American acoustician Larry Kirkegaard, and utilised reclaimed space to create a soaring atrium. Over in Saudi Arabia, architects Zaha Hadid created the 70,000m sq. King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) – a non-profit institution for independent research into policies that contribute to the most effective use of energy to provide social well-being across the globe.
All very incredible projects – we’re looking forward to the announcement of the winner in June!
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