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Text: Marilena Kalli

The RIBA has named 50 projects as winners of 2017 RIBA London Regional Awards, including the London Building of the year ‘’Photography Studio for Juergen Teller’’ by 6a architects. Selected among the 85 shortlisted buildings, these 50 projects will now go on to compete in RIBA’s National Awards program, the winners of which will create the shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize – the highest award for architecture in the UK.

Photography Studio for Juergen Teller by 6a architects

A ‘’sublime’’ studio by 6a architects for photographer Juergen Teller has been crowned RIBA London Building of the year. The project comprises a series of three buildings and gardens to form a new studio, offices and archive for the photographer. The 505 m2  concrete scheme on a narrow plot in Ladbroke Grove was described by the jury as ‘’a mature and confident statement of orderliness and precision’’ which also managed to be ‘’relaxed and playful’’.


The most successful practice was Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) which was honored for four of its projects, including the New Scotland Yard. There were also accolades for Herzog & de Meuron’s Tate Modern Switch House, Zaha Hadid Architects’ Winton Gallery at the Science Museum and David Chipperfield’s flagship London store for Valentino.


Tate Modern Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron

The Design Museum and hollandgreen by OMA with Allies & Morrison and John Pawson

‘’The year has demonstrated once again the breadth of the capital’s architectural output at the very high level that the RIBA program requires, and the juries took enormous pleasure in selecting a most exemplary set of schemes’’ said Jury chair Matthew Lloyd.

8 Finsbury Circus by WilkinsonEyre

Mathematics – The Winton Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects for Science Museum Group

1 King William Street by AHM

The Layered Gallery by Gianni Botsford Architects

The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The WCEC is located on the north-west corner of the British Museum site in Bloomsbury. Consisted by five vertically linked pavilions, it houses a new exhibition gallery, laboratories and conservation studios, storage and facilities to support the Museum’s logistical requirements.

Belarusian Memorial Chapel by Spheron Architects

Valentino London Old Bond Street by David Chipperfield Architects

Located in the heart of West End shopping district, the new Valentino store replaced a 1950’s building with a new five storey structure. The façade is a confident addition to the Old Bond Street and is composed of a series of well-proportioned openings, framed by stone elements.

Highgate House by Carmody Groarke

The Bartlett School of Architecture by Hawkins/Brown

The Laboratory, Dulwich College by Grimshaw

The complete list of the winning projects can be found at https://www.architecture.com/awards-and-competitions-landing-page/awards/riba-regional-awards/riba-london-award-winners