V&A and Tate St Ives win architectural honours - Museums Association

V&A and Tate St Ives win architectural honours

V&A’s Exhibition Road Quarter named Riba London Building of the Year
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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London and Tate St Ives in Cornwall have collected a number of Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Regional Awards for their redevelopment projects.

Designed by AL_A architects, the V&A’s Exhibition Road Quarter was named Riba London Building of the Year 2018, and was also one of 61 projects in the city to win a Riba London Award 2018.

The extension, which opened to the public last year, comprises a gallery, café and open-air courtyard. Riba described the new space as a “delight of movement, light and culture”.

Separately the V&A Members’ Room, a seating area and bar for the museum’s members which was designed by the firm Carmody Groarke and opened in 2017, also won a Riba London Award.

The redevelopment of Tate St Ives by Jamie Fobart Architects was one of eight projects to win a Riba South West Award. The transformation of the gallery, which was unveiled last October, involved creating new exhibition and studio spaces, as well as refurbishing the original 1993 building.

Riba said of the extension: “By architectural ingenuity, a building has been delivered where there appeared to be no site available, with minimal intrusion on an already crowded horizon.”

All of the English regional award-winners, along with winners from the devolved nations, will be in the running for the Riba National Awards 2018, which will be announced next month. A number of museums and galleries were among last year’s national award-winners, including the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building, and the Command of the Ocean galleries at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent.

Winners of the national awards could be in line for Riba’s top accolade, the Stirling Prize, which recognises the best new building in the UK and will be handed out in October. 

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