Three buildings in the Sussex win 2019 architecture awards

Eight buildings in the South East have won RIBA South East Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The winning buildings for Sussex are:

East Sussex:

Hill House Passivhaus, Lewes by Meloy Architects

West Sussex:

Harbour House, West Sussex by McLean Quinlan
Nithurst Farm, West Sussex by Adam Richards Architects

Hill House Passivhau

Regional Jury Chair, Alan Mitchell of Baynes & Mitchell Architects, said of this year’s RIBA South East Award winners:

“Overall, architecture appears to be in a healthy state across the region. We visited some great buildings and, perhaps most importantly, witnessed the energy produced by true client involvement in the design process and a natural consequential enthusiasm for the end result.

“It was great to see a shortlist of buildings designed by mostly local architects, a list certainly not dominated by the larger London practices. Many of the buildings we visited demonstrated a thoughtful re-examination of the vernacular and what this becomes when reinterpreted through the filter of contemporary architecture. In these buildings, it was refreshing to see the use of concrete and metal challenge the pervasive regional palette of timber and stone – an interesting response to the not-so-picturesque, indo-agricultural vernacular context of some parts of the region. ”

Further Special Awards were awarded as follows:

Sevenoaks School Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre – RIBA South East Client of the Year Award

Alastair Bowden, McLean Quinlan – RIBA South East Project Architect of the Year, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell

Hill House Passivhaus – RIBA South East Sustainability Award, sponsored by Michelmersh

Hill House Passivhaus – RIBA South East Small Project of the Year Award

Nithurst Farm – RIBA South East Building of the Year Award.

RIBA South East Award winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced on Thursday 27 June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.


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