Consolation for Chipperfield as Neues wins RIBA conservation prize
David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap’s Neues Museum project has won the Crown Estate Conservation Award, one a number of prizes announced during the Stirling Prize awards ceremony on Saturday.
The Berlin museum building beat projects by Haworth Tompkins, Hopkins, Rick Mather and another scheme by Julian Harrap.
“The judges have selected the Neues Museum project in Berlin from a remarkably strong field of eligible conservation projects,” said prize judge and conservation architect Paul Velluet.
“What is most impressive about this project is the coherence with which the works of repair and reconstruction, such as the reinstated colonnade and remarkable vaulted clay-pot ceilings, have been integrated with new work; not least in the two glazed courtyards, and inside the Staircase Hall. The result is an exemplary fusion of new and old.”
Developer Hammerson was named Client of the Year for its support of good architecture.
St Luke’s Church of England Primary School in Wolverhampton by Architype won the Sorrell Foundation Schools award, beating the two Stirling-nominated efforts by DSDHA and dRMM as well as Rednock School in Gloucester by Cube Design and Lowther Children’s Centre in London by Patel Taylor.
St Luke’s is the UK’s first Breeam “excellent” rated school, and was designed without corridors, to discourage anti-social behaviour.
A refurbished 1950s family house in London, The Artist’s House, by Gumuchdjian Architects, won the Stephen Lawrence prize, an award funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation which rewards the best projects with a budget of less than £1 million.
Meanwhile, Aecom’s Pier Head and Canal Link project in Liverpool scooped the RIBA Cabe Public Space Award, beating the July 7 Memorial and Regent’s Place Pavilion, both in London and both designed by Carmody Groarke.