RIBA STIRLING PRIZE 2014 announced


 Everyman Theatre (large)

(Above: The redeveloped Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. Image credit: ©Philip Vile.)


The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 for the best building of the year. Now in its 19th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize.

The presentation of the RIBA Stirling Prize trophy to Haworth Tompkins took place at a special ceremony on Thursday 16 October at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

The old Everyman Theatre in Liverpool opened in 1964 in the shell of a nineteenth century chapel on one of Liverpool’s main streets. Although a much-loved institution, the building itself was in a state of disrepair.  The decision to pull the theatre down and replace it with a new one has been a nine-year project for the architects Haworth Tompkins.  The architects were tasked with ensuring that the soul of the old Everyman, one of informality and community ownership – the ‘theatre of the people’-  was carried into the new building.  The result is a new building with a striking exterior and elegant interior, all with exceptional attention to detail and sustainability credentials.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

"The success of this exceptional new building lies in the architect’s close involvement with the local community throughout the project.  Haworth Tompkins have struck the perfect balance between continuity and change to win the hearts and minds of the people of Liverpool with the vibrant new Everyman.  Complementing beautifully with the surrounding listed buildings, it is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre. The building exceeds expectations and I am delighted to present Haworth Tompkins with the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize."

Everyman Theatre (daytime)

(Above: the winning design by Haworth Tompkins was praised for complementing its surroundings. Image credit: © Philip Vile)

The shortlist for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 for architecture was as follows:

Library of Birmingham – An impressive and bold addition to Birmingham’s Centenary Square by Mecanoo Architecten.

London Aquatics Centre – Zaha Hadid architects designed the London Aquatics Centre with a purpose of legacy and added removable wings, housing additional seating for the London 2012 Games.

Everyman Theatre – Haworth Tomkins took on the famous Liverpool theatre, a local cultural gem, to re-imagine and re-build the theatre for the 21st century.

London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre – A remarkable building by O’Donnell and Tuomey Architects, which capitalizes on the geometry of tight angles and limitations of a site. 

London Bridge Tower/The Shard – a tower reaching 1.2 million square feet and looking down onto the heart of the city of London by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Manchester School of Art – Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios bring design excellence to this major refurbishment and extensions project.

Refer to the RIBA website here for more information about the shortlisted buildings and architects.