55 Victoria Street - RIBA London Award winner
22 May 2017
55 Victoria Street was recognised at the RIBA London Region Awards last night (22 May 2017). The awards, that celebrate architectural excellence in the capital, were presented to 49 winning projects at last nights ceremony.
The RIBA judges commented, "The completed brick clad project makes a strong urban statement at a kink in Victoria Street, and this is amplified by the use of a distinctive grey, peppery choice of brick. The base of the building is enlivened with random insertions of darker glazed bricks. The elevations above ground are ordered simply, reflecting the regular structural pattern of the original building.
The entrance to the building is defined by an ornate, double-height, brick clad lobby, reflecting the 'New York loft' quality that the developer has aspired to. This quality of design and finish carries on throughout the lobbies on the upper floors. Within the apartments, glazed internal doors and elegant but clean joinery throughout, creates interiors that are just as distinctive. These interiors suggest homeliness as might only be found in classic post-war apartment buildings, rather than the crop of new for-sale housing blocks currently proliferating in London. Stepping out through bronze finished windows, and beautifully detailed balconies, it is clear that the design of the whole building has been carefully controlled at every step."
Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award the results of which will be announced in June.
The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.
A list of London Region winners can be found here.