Liverpool's Everyman Theatre redevelopment wins Stirling Prize

The redeveloped Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has been awarded this year's RIBA Stirling Prize.

Everyman (pic Philip Vile)
Everyman (pic Philip Vile)

The presentation of the prize trophy to the architects behind the development, Haworth Tompkins, took place at a ceremony last night at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

The building was chosen from a shortlist which included:

• The Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo
• London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
• London School of Economics - Saw Swee Hock Student Centre by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
• Manchester School of Art by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
• The Shard by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

According to RIBA, the decision to pull the old Everyman Theatre down and replace it with a new one was a nine-year project for Haworth Tompkins.

RIBA said the architects had "expertly met a difficult challenge: that of creating an entirely new and sustainable building, whilst retaining and revitalising the best-loved features of its predecessor".

"The architects were tasked with ensuring that the soul of the old Everyman, one of informality and community ownership – the ‘theatre of the people’- was carried into the new building. The result is a new building with a striking exterior and elegant interior, all with exceptional attention to detail and sustainability credentials".

RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: "Haworth Tompkins have struck the perfect balance between continuity and change to win the hearts and minds of the people of Liverpool with the vibrant new Everyman.

"Complementing beautifully with the surrounding listed buildings, it is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre. The building exceeds expectations and I am delighted to present Haworth Tompkins with the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize."

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