AJ100 Building of the Year Awards, 2012, Results, Categories, Shortlist, News, Links
AJ100 Building of the Year Award : Architecture Information
Winners : UK Architecture Awards, London
17 May 2012
AJ100 Building of the Year Awards - 2012
Stanton Williams’ Central Saint Martin’s College in King’s Cross awarded “Building of the Year” prize at this year’s AJ 100
Stanton Williams’ New University of the Arts London Campus for Central Saint Martin’s at King’s Cross was last night awarded the “Building of the Year” prize at the annual AJ 100 Awards in London.
AJ 100 practices were invited to nominate a single project completed in 2010 for the award, and the project to re-house London’s Central St Martin’s school of art and design faced stiff competition in the category from a shortlist of eight prestigious projects.
King’s Cross - Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design building, UK
photo © Hufton+Crow
Kings Cross Central : Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design building
Stanton Williams master planned and designed the new 32,000 m² campus, accommodating 5,000 students. The design combines the 19th century Grade II listed Granary building and transit sheds – with a 200 metre long new building that uses industrial materials and creates robust spaces for the students, full of natural light. An internal street draws daylight in and acts as a central circulation spine with suspended walkways, cafes, film, graphic and light projections.
The judging panel for the Building of the Year award included Dan Labbad (Lend Lease), Scott Laurie (formerly RMJM), Christine Murray (The Architects’ Journal), Simon Silver (Derwent London plc) and Martin Young (Tesco Stores Ltd).
This year’s Top 10 practices in the AJ100 comprise many familiar names and one or two new entrants, including (with last year’s ranking):
1. Foster + Partners (2)
2. BDP (1)
3. Capita Symonds Ltd (4)
4. Atkins (3)
5. Aedas Architects (5)
6. Allies and Morrison (10)
7. Sheppard Robson (12)
8. PRP (6)
9. Zaha Hadid Architects (N/A)
10. RMJM (11)
Other highlights of last night’s awards included the Olympic Delivery Authority being named as the Client of the Year, while Sir David Chipperfield won the Contribution to the Profession award.
John Thompson & Partners won the Employer of the Year award while Hawkins/Brown were highly commended. Eric Parry Architects won the Fastest Growing Practice award with ORMS and Paul Davis + Partners both being highly commended.
The International Practice of the Year was awarded to Aukett Fitzroy Robinson while Paul Davis + Partners were awarded Practice of the Year with Eric Parry Architects highly commended.
Zara Hadid won the New Member of the Year award and Paul Davis + Partners won the Sustainable Practice of the Year award with Scott Brownrigg highly commended.
The Value Excellence award was presented to John McAslan + Partners while John Robertson Architects were highly commended.
Undertaken by the Architects’ Journal in collaboration with Imperial College London, the annual AJ 100 survey provides a vivid insight into the performance and success of the architectural sector, and its value to the UK economy. The survey is completed by the vast majority of UK practices, who in addition to providing statistics on the number of qualified architects employed also submit information on their commercial performance.
The AJ100 Awards took place on Wednesday 16th May at the Grange Hotel St Paul’s London, and were organised by The Architects’ Journal magazine, published by Emap. Supporters and sponsors include Bespoke, BST Global, Griffiths & Armour, HP, Miele, Mott MacDonald, Staron Radianz and Schüco. FTI Consulting is the Official Communication Partners to the AJ100.
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19 May 2011
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Hopkins scoops both Building of the Year and Contribution to the Profession awards at the AJ 100
Last night, Hopkins Architects celebrated a hat trick of award wins at the annual AJ 100 member’s dinner and awards ceremony.
Sir Michael Hopkins, one of the founding partners of the practice, received the prestigious peer award Contribution to the Profession, voted for by architects entered into the AJ100, while the practice’s London 2012 Olympic Velodrome scooped the Building of the Year award from among a shortlist of eight very impressive projects. This is the second year in a row that Hopkins has claimed the Building of the Year prize.
Hopkins Architects also received a commendation in the Most Sustainable Practice award category, adding a third prize on the evening for the practice, which has climbed two places to 39 from last year in the AJ100 ranking.
Sir Michael Hopkins:
photo © Elke Meitzel
Building of the Year, the Olympic Velodrome, is one of the four permanent venues on the Olympic Park and designed for the indoor track cycling events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The facility was unilaterally agreed upon by judges for the prize due to its “near perfect synthesis of form and function”, as described by jury member Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects.
photos from fd
The jury, which also comprised Frank Duffy (DEGW) and Christine Murray (AJ editor), were particularly impressed by the beauty of the cedar cladding, the ingenious lightweight double cable-net roof, the dominance of natural light and the Velodrome's beauty in section.
Last year, Hopkins’ Kroon Hall at Yale University received the Building of the Year award.
Meanwhile, this year’s Contribution to the Profession winner Sir Michael Hopkins CBE received the popular vote from among his peers for his significant contribution to UK architecture since he founded the Hopkins practice in 1976. During his career, he has been awarded a CBE and Knighted for Services to Architecture, and also won the RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture in 1994 (with partner Patricia Hopkins).
The Hopkins practice has been at the centre of British architecture since the practice was established, and has a track record for delivering acclaimed, award winning buildings of the highest architectural standards.
Paul Finch, Editorial Director, The Architects’ Journal, said:
“Our sincere congratulations to Hopkins Architects, not only for Michael’s much deserved Contribution to the Profession award but also for the impressive achievement of securing the Building of the Year award for the second year on the run. This year’s AJ100 awards is also most definitely Hopkins’ night, and I trust that their friends, peers and colleagues will come together to warmly congratulate them.”
Undertaken by the Architects’ Journal, in collaboration with Imperial College London, the annual AJ 100 survey provides a vivid insight into the performance and success of the architectural sector and its value to the UK economy. The survey is completed by the vast majority of UK practices, who in addition to providing statistics on the number of qualified architects employed also submit information on their commercial performance.
The AJ100 Awards took place on Wednesday 18th May at the Grange Hotel St Paul’s London, and were organised by The Architects’ Journal magazine, published by Emap. Supporters and sponsors include Hilson Moran, Bespoke, BST Global, Kalzip, Saint-Gobain, Samsung, with category sponsors Schüco and Griffiths & Armour. FD is the Official Communication Partners to the AJ100.
London 2012 Olympic Velodrome
AJ100 Building of the Year Awards - Shortlist 2010
May 20, 2010
Hopkins Architects Scoops Top Design Prize at Architectural Awards for Yale University Hall
Last night (May 19, 2010), Kroon Hall at Yale University was named “Building of the Year” by the UK’s architecture sector, during the prestigious AJ100 awards.
The new building, designed by Hopkins Architects for the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was one of six shortlisted entries – from a total of 33 – and ultimately selected as the winner by a panel of expert judges.
Morley Von Sternberg / Hopkins Architects
The judges were impressed with the school’s simple, aesthetic form and green credentials – the project has been awarded LEED* ‘Platinum’, the highest certification, and is designed to be as close to carbon neutral as possible.
Clad with yellow Briar Hill stone, the structure is lined with American red oak, much of which has been sourced from the university’s own forests.
The judges called the project: “An outstanding design and exemplar for its sustainability credentials”. Judge Angela Brady, of Brady Mallalieu Architects, said: “The curved timber roof structure in the interior is a delight and the detailing looks impeccable. It is warm and welcoming and full of natural light. This addition to the campus must act like a magnet for students wanting to experience UK sustainable design at its best.”
The other shortlisted projects nominated for “Building of the Year” were:
Kentish Town Health Centre, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (highly commended)
Timothy Soar / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Broadcasting Tower student accommodation, Leeds by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Will Pryce / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio
Winspear Opera House, Dallas, USA by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners
New Biochemistry Building at the university of Oxford by Hawkins\Brown
Tim Crocker / Hawkins Brown
Grosvenor Waterside residential project, London by Make
Zander Olsen / Make
The judging panel included Angela Brady of Brady Mallalieu Architects, Mike Hussey, managing director of property fund Almacantar and Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of The Architects’ Journal.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s Health Centre in Kentish Town, London, was highly commended by the judges who praised the project for exceeding expectations in design, layout and results. The building – which houses a large GP practice and a wide range of health facilities – sets new standards for the NHS.
Broadcasting Tower student accommodation, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, was described by the judges as a bold statement with inspiring materials. Completed in 2009, the distinctive 23 storey building houses 240+ bedrooms with comfortable and contemporary interiors.
Foster + Partners’ Dallas project redefines the opera house for the 21st Century, making opera more accessible for a wider audience. Responding to the Dallas climate, a solar canopy extends from the building, shading a fully glazed sixty-foot-tall lobby which enhances the transparency of the building. The judges were impressed with the strong and brave design of the structure.
The judges described Hawkins\Brown’s New Biochemistry Building at the University of Oxford as “a quality building providing relevant and attractive space for educational use.” The distinctive £49m facility with its glass facades and coloured glass fins brings together 300 lecturers, researchers and students previously based in a number of separate buildings across the University’s Science Area. It was complete in March this year (2010).
Designed by Make Architects, Grosvenor Waterside project in London is a startling modern residential development. The judges commented on the cleverly worked accommodation relative to the external façade and the building’s great finish.
The annual AJ 100 survey is the authoritative barometer for the state of the UK’s architectural sector, with the vast majority of UK practices submitting commercial information on their performance in the last 12 months.
The data submitted into the AJ100 rankings provides a vivid snapshot of the performance of the sector, with awards presented based upon findings from the data and nominations made by senior architects and industry observers. This year, Imperial College London is also working with the AJ to analyse the data and provide greater insights into the current state of the sector.
The top 10 practices from the AJ 100 survey:
2. Foster + Partners
3. Atkins Ltd
4. Capita Symonds Architecture
5. Aedas Architects Ltd
6. Archial Group
7. Austin Smith:Lord
9. Broadway Malyan
10. Sheppard Robson
Meanwhile, individual awards category winners included:
The AJ100 Awards took place on Wednesday 19th May at the Grange Hotel St Paul’s London, and were organised by The Architects’ Journal magazine, published by Emap. Supporters and sponsors include Passionate about Cinema, BST Global, SIV Human Resources, Griffiths & Armour and Beale and Company, Hilson Moran and Schuco, with FD as the Official Communication Partners to the AJ100.
- Highest First Time Entrant – PLP Architecture
- Fastest-Growing Practice – Devereux Architects
- Employer of the Year – Architecture PLB
- Most Sustainable Practice – Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Building of the Year – Kroon Building, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale university, Connecticut, USA by Hopkins Architects
- International Practice of the Year – Aedas
- Practice of the Year – Austin Smith:Lord
- Greatest Contribution to the Profession – Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s Centres
* LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed in hte US. It provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
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