The Royal Institute of British Architects today presented 102 buildings in the UK and Europe with awards for architectural excellence.
The award-winning buildings, 93 of which are in Britain and nine of which are in the EU, range from a small circular loo for bus drivers in London to the Neues Museum in Berlin, to a zero-carbon house to the energy substation for the 2012 Olympics.
Galleries, museums, theatres and auditoriums (including the Ashmolean Musuem, Nottingham Contemporary and Aldeburgh Music Campus) did well, as did educational institutions, with 17 awards going to schools and universities.
Public spaces were also recognised, with Liverpool Pierhead and the Infinity Bridge in Teesdale both picking up an award.
The highest number of awards to be awarded to an architect went to Rick Mathers Architects, which was awarded gongs for four of its projects: the Ashmolean Museum, Corpus Christi College, LJMU Art & Design Academy and Towner.
Many of the UK’s prominent architects were rewarded for their work outside of the UK with Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Tony Fretton all winning an RIBA Award for buildings in the EU.
“The RIBA Awards reflect not only the state of British architecture but also that of its economy. In the midst of the deepest recession in the 45 year history of the RIBA Awards, this year’s awards demonstrate that although times might be hard for architects, there are still great buildings being built throughout the country and overseas,” RIBA President Ruth Reed said.