The Royal Institute of British Architects has named its long list of nationally-renowned projects this year, including a variety of different types of buildings from hillside residences, to universities and museums. Browsing the 46 name-long list of best architects reveals some of the top talent the country has to offer.
A hillside retreat
Outhouse, by Loyn & Co Architects utilizes a sloping hillside as the core architectural element to their building design. Embedded in the earth itself, its roof is a naturally-occurring field and its windows overlook the rolling hills of the Forest of Dean. With a modern look that incorporates warm marble and other natural materials, it strikes a perfect balance between interior comfort and exterior charm.
An eye-catching drawing studio
Peter cook’s Crab Studio won recognition as his very first project in the UK, a curvaceous blue drawing studio made to meet the specific needs of young artists. While the vibrant exterior may be the first thing students at Arts University Bournemouth notice, a visit inside gives way to organically curved, porcelain-like walls which provide an austere environment. A single large elliptical window is sure to let plenty of light in.
An urban dream home
While architects working out in the middle of nature may build as big as they like, those at Tsuruta Architects took their inspiration from the very compact city of London. The initial goal of the project was to replace an existing building extension which was deemed structurally unsound and aesthetically unappealing. The final result, their House of Trace, artfully incorporates existing building elements with a modern redesign.
A modern twist on the UK’s oldest university
The gleaming façade of the Investcorp Building may seem to stand out on the campus of St. Anthony’s College, but architect Zaha Hadid argued that it is the perfect extension to the school’s Center for Middle Eastern Culture. Made to fit the scale of the existing buildings at the UK’s oldest university, the building’s tunnel-like structure is made to taper at the end, avoiding the trunk of a centuries-old sequoia tree.