8 SUSTAINABLE BRITISH BUILDINGS FROM THE 2015 RIBA AWARDS

Jun 22, 2015 by

The Foundry by Architecture 00

Architecture 00 repurposed a former shoe-polish factory into the Foundry, an office facility that houses various charities in London. Built on a former brownfield in Vauxhall, this adaptive reuse project sports a zigzagging and glazed facade that allows generous amounts of natural light into the building. The architects retained many of the architectural elements of the former factory building, a strategy that not only preserved the area’s traditional character, but also had cost-effective and environmentally friendly benefits.

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

NEO Bankside is a mixed-use development that overlooks enviable views of the adjacent River Thames and is a short stone’s throw from the Tate Modern, one of the most visited museums in the world. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the 217-unit complex comprises four hexagonal residential blocks. The structures are supported by external bracing system that remove the need for interior load-bearing walls and allow the architects to maximize natural light and views.

Ashmount Primary School by Penoyre & Prasad

North London’s Ashmount Primary School is a zero-carbon school designed by Penoyre & Prasad. Built as part of a carbon-negative development, the school won a BREEAM Award for Highest Scoring Project in the Education Sector. The building minimizes energy consumption and is powered with renewable energy and a gas-fired CHP plant.

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