Town House, Kingston University has won this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize – the UK’s most prestigious architecture award.
Lord Norman Foster commended Town House for being “a theatre for life – a warehouse of ideas,” adding that “architecture, quiet reading, loud performance, research and learning can delightfully coexist. That is no mean feat. Education must be our future – and this must be the future of education.”
AKT II worked in close collaboration with Grafton Architects for our client Kingston University to deliver a prime, functional, multi-purpose student hub with stunning exposed structural elements and bright interiors. The drive behind the design was to deliver a wholly sustainable building which incorporates exposed structures along with an inherently flexible interior as well as double- and triple-height spaces.
In a world where learning can increasingly take place anytime and anywhere, the university building provides place-specific ‘here and now’ learning experiences. All the building components and systems also support sustainability, with open-plan spaces and interiors providing ample natural light and excellent air quality.
It’s an incredible achievement to have another RIBA Stirling accolade in this year’s celebrations and a building that will continue to remain an inspiring environment for students and visitors for years to come.
Congratulations to the teams involved in this momentous achievement!