The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed the shortlist of 6 projects vying for the 2017 edition of the RIBA Stirling Prize, which is awarded annually to the building that is judged to have made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.
One of RBA’s projects, Barrett’s Grove, has been shortlisted. Designed by one of our long-standing clients, Amin Taha Architects, it has been described by the judges as “a characterful building in a disjointed urban street.
Its adjacency to a primary school is a fitting location for a house built with the fairytale materials of brick, wood and straw. Inside, the building holds a series of generously proportioned, well-lit apartments; each with a wicker basket balcony that sticks out proud and far, like a salute to passers-by”.
It is a cross-laminated timber construction wrapped in a staggered hit-and-miss brick skin. RIBA President, Jane Duncan, said, “Through careful use of a tactile palette of materials including brick, timber and wicker, Barrett’s Grove has injected an extraordinary small development of delightful, warm homes into an otherwise ordinary street in north London”.