South East RIBA Regional Awards 2019

Local architects bring a thoughtful re-examination of the vernacular

South East Regional Awards in numbers.
South East Regional Awards in numbers.

Overall, architecture appears to be in a healthy state across the region. The judges witnessed the energy produced by true client involvement in the design process – and a natural consequential enthusiasm for the end result.

It was great to see a shortlist of buildings designed by mostly local architects, a list certainly not dominated by the larger London practices. A good many of the buildings we visited demonstrated a thoughtful re-examination of the vernacular and what this becomes when reinterpreted through the filter of contemporary architecture. In these buildings, it was refreshing to see the use of concrete and metal challenge the pervasive regional palette of timber and stone – an interesting response to the not so picturesque, indo-agricultural vernacular context of some parts of the region.

Charterhouse Science and Mathematics Centre, Godalming, Surrey.
Charterhouse Science and Mathematics Centre, Godalming, Surrey. Credit: Design engine

Design Engine Architects for Charterhouse School


 

Harbour House, Itchenor
Harbour House, Itchenor Credit: Peter Cook

McLean Quinlan for private client


 

Hill House Passivhaus, Lewes, Sussex.
Hill House Passivhaus, Lewes, Sussex. Credit: Charles Meloy

Meloy Architects for Meloy Architects


 

Kent Downs House.
Kent Downs House. Credit: Jim Stephenson

McLean Quinlan for private client


 

Nithurst Farm, West Sussex.
Nithurst Farm, West Sussex. Credit: Katie Lock

Adam Richards Architects for Adam Richards


 

Process Galley, Kent.
Process Galley, Kent. Credit: Ashley Gendek

Guy Hollaway Architects for Nick Veasey Limited


 

Sevenoaks School.
Sevenoaks School. Credit: Hélène Binet

Tim Ronalds Architects for Sevenoaks School Foundation  


 

Writ in water.
Writ in water. Credit: Andrew Butler

Mark Wallinger in collaboration with Studio Octopi for the National Trust


 

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