David Sillito presents a special live programme as the winner of one of the most prestigious awards in architecture, the RIBA Stirling Prize, is unveiled.
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Welcome to the Roundhouse in north
London, the RIBA Stirling Prize, the
hunt for best new Britain in
Britain. Fixing mega best new
building in Britain. We have an
attempt to give further education
new status and can you reinvent the
British pier? That's like other
nominees for the prize. -- let's
look at the nominees.
Whoa, look at that!
City of dreams!
It's like walking to
the gates of heaven.
It looks seriously so dope.
It looks so cool.
It has got lights, like,
not just regular lights.
And it's a tremendous
fun, it's like a haven
of quietness and freedom.
It's just brilliant,
for me, it's excellent.
I think what's unique about this
building is it's a strikingly
modern building and a very
sensitive conservation environment.
I love this building because it
reflects so many elements
of the historic dockyard.
It gets you in here,
and you just think, why?
What are your thoughts
looking out on this now?
Oh, I love it, it's
just so peaceful.
A very brief glimpse into the six
nominated buildings before the
announcement and the next ten
minutes or so, let's have a longer
look at those six building. I'm
joined by Ollie Wainwright,
architectural critic, and Emma
Froud, a community architectural
I make sure that communities are
involved in architectural projects.
But look at the first one. Over DC,
you were involved in this from the
beginning, Hastings Pier?
It was a
project where I worked with the
community to look at the questions
they asked about architecture, to
make sure they got the architect
that would work well done.
they have created is is what they
expected? It's extraordinary what
This is architecture
that is doing what architecture is
most to do, which is supporting
Ollie, what do you
make of it?
My favourite is that it
has locally been nicknamed the
Plank. But may sound a criticism but
is a massive plank, it's a flexible
Some people got
concerned they lost the end of the
Its teeming with
attractions, it has public shows,
attractions, ourselves, it had has
been embraced by big amenity.
went out there, you feel like you
are out at the. -- out at sea. You
really inhale the experience.
have the community activity in the
middle but then a sublime experience
at the far end grip is it the future
of Tambe Mike Woods?
-- is it the future appears?
It is a
glimpse into the future.
this one, the Glasgow?
taking something that is rarely
celebrated in this way and giving it
civic pride in the centre of
Glasgow. Considering its own
privately financed initiative, it
has all the things about a city
squeeze into one building.
It has a
sense of dignity doesn't it?
a real civic presence but as a
humility to the architecture because
they have mapped this complex brief
of making sure every skill can be
You are suddenly met
inside by 20 stewards and
stewardesses marching in uniform
pass the test, past the dock
It's a high Street, you can
go to the restaurant and B has on
why people are training. It's a
You think, how
brilliant to be a student there.
Completely different, come on of the
oceans, Tatham, but more modest, --
Command of the Oceans, Tatham. More
modest but Mavi Heritage?
rambling sheds. It takes visitors on
a atmospheric journey below the
floorboards where you discover the
Septembers therefore so many years.
It's a difficult task because the
old building they had to respond to
is made from this ancient ship
timbers themselves. You have to
respond in a humble way.
A bit of
concrete looks like timber as well.
I remember they really had to fit in
carefully into this. The same with
the British Museum, one of the great
landmarks of London.
Yeah. But this
building is quite magical, and it
looks better in the flesh than a
It's an iceberg of a
building, you only see the tip. The
wooden brick outside, what do you of
Not ground-breaking but
interesting piece of cross laminated
timber, a cheaper way to build.
Maybe it will catch on, it's a good
They also have this cheeky
relationship with the homes, in a
mixed up street.
cartoonish quality, next to a
primary school, so it looks like a
child's drawing of it how. It's a
good addition to the street.
will now, I think, move very quickly
across to Louise Minchin who is
announcing, and Ben Derbyshire, the
president of the Royal Institute of
British architects, the announcement
of this year's RIBA Stirling Prize.
We've just got a couple of seconds
and you can do the honours.
you very much. Good evening, ladies
and gentlemen. The Royal Institute
of British architects is a global,
professional membership body. A
charity supporting architect and
society to deliver better buildings
and places, stronger communities and
a sustainable environment. On this
very special occasion, we are
celebrating the winner of the most
coveted award in architecture. A
prize that illustrates why UK
architecture is the envy of the
world. The RIBA Stirling Prize
showcases the remarkable skills for
tenacity and problem-solving player
of our talented architectural
practices. It also rewards the
patrons of great architecture.
Clients that have taken the
initiative and sometimes a risk, to
create innovative extraordinary
environments that delight and
inspire. The built environment plays
a crucial role in how people
understand and value of the world
around them. The quality of the
places in which we live, work and
play, is a reflection of our
country's ambition and success. We
must insist upon and nurture
exceptional design, we know that it
is worth every penny of investment
and more. As chair of the jury, I
congratulate every single one of
this year's finalist. Truly
remarkable buildings designed and
built perfectly for the people that
they serve. And here comes the
moment, I'm absolutely delighted to
announce that the winner of the 2017
RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture
is, and you will have to wait while
I fell it in my other pocket...
Congratulations. Please come and
join us on stage.
We can keep going, we can keep
cheering, come on!
I didn't peer into the future but I
did make, just in case, a couple of
nights. First of all, because we are
on live linkup with Hastings Pier,
hello Hastings! Yes! We've got the
Hastings Pier party going on. It was
called Win or lose. So this is
double suite. I first of all want to
acknowledge all the contenders in
this Stirling Prize award which is
always hotly contested, and I think
you will agree we have seen some
incredible quality. So fair play.
And I would like to acknowledge that
you've all done fine buildings but
it seems that this year, what really
captured the imagination was not
doing one. In favour of making
space. In favour of making public
space. When you invent, you need to
collaborate, and this project really
did define collaboration. So I have
to acknowledge that this, and you
can see from the stage here, of the
members who worked on the scheme,
and incredible design team PT
projects. We had a dedicated design
team which works closely and very
broadly with the client. You cannot
do interesting and special projects
without a special client and I would
say Hastings Pier Charity are up
there among the most special, even
eccentric clients you will ever
meet. But I also want to acknowledge
the people that delivered it were
absolutely fantastic. In the end,
the double-macro charity, formally
trust, became the project managers
to build it using local contractors,
and that was a really special
process. It was actually realised
and delivered. So fair play to all
the delivery team, the contractors
and ultimately, the agility of the
funding came from Heritage lottery
fund for which we are also extremely
grateful. -- the majority of the
funding. Finally, I just say thanks
to the RIBA for this amazing award,
and I guess, it is nice to be
recognised by your peers.
The winner of this year's
RIBA Stirling Prize. Hastings Pier,
an extraordinary adventure in
reinventing something that many
people in the town had thought had
gone forever. The building, a huge,
empty space, effectively, with a
pavilion on top. Many calling it the
plank. As you were there from day
one with the residence, it must be
quite a good feeling?
Yes, I have
not seen the residents sense but I'm
so delighted, they found a good one.
They got a good architect.
think this is a worthy winner.
it is difficult to convey the power
through the photographs, you have to
stand on the end of this pier
leaning PCBs, taking in the view,
feeling the expense of the sea. As
you say, it is a public space. It is
not a photogenic or immaculate work
of architecture in that space, it is
a basic piece of public space that
serve its function.
Do you think
that people going on there bucket
and spade holidays will take do this
when they do not get the end of the
Pier amusement, the penny slots and
whatever, it is a bit of an
adventure in architecture? Have the
architects led the public was not a
yes, but to witness the public using
it today, Alex said he didn't do a
building but the building in the
middle is extraordinary.
It's got a
cluster of beach huts around, but
that is what good architecture does.
It supports and enhances human
rights. -- human life. Every nook
and cranny has been used.
the steps going to the cafe, with
the seating, so the public really
depends in an unexpected ways that
they weren't imagining.
there's a gathering of people on the
pier at the moment watching the
announcement, that doesn't happen
off with architectural awards, the
thousand people, shareholders, they
brought pier themselves, this is
more than just the architects'
Yes. It's architecture,
architects being the facilitator for
the desires of a community. And it's
really wonderful to see, you see the
people, I was there at the weekend
they were running workshops, the joy
of people running things in that
The power of amenity
ownership. Before, it has been owned
by a company in Panama, they did not
care when it burned down, they
compulsively purchased the structure
of the £1, give it to the charity,
then it shows the power of building
momentum of people that live there
to make this project up.
It did seem
like this first.
I think now is a
good moment for us to actually have
a look, killing
-- look at Hastings Pier and the
story of how we got here after that
terrible fire in 2010.
It gets you in here.
You just think, why?
You were here when it broke down?
You were here when it burned down?
People that I've never spoken
to before were stopping me to
talk about the pier
and everyone was devastated.
It was really quite upsetting.
The fact there had been a massive
fire and it felt like
actually, how is it going
to come back from that?
Did you think it was all over then?
I did and I know a lot
of people did, and it was
actually the opposite.
So, seven years after that
fire, Hastings Pier
has been reborn.
Jill, Dot and Gillian are
shareholders, the local community
now owns the pier.
And it's been rebuilt.
This curtain of glass,
finally give the people of
Hastings a panoramic
view out to the sea.
The woodwork here is the original
timber from the pier.
There are still some
of the scorch marks
from the fire of 2010.
But the most important
innovation is this.
What they chose not to build.
The empty space.
There is no end of the pier.
And there's a good reason
for all this space.
The history of Britain's piers
is a story of recurring disaster,
flimsy wooden attractions that
have a habit of
going bankrupt and burning down.
So much to listen to,
say much to see.
And everything must be
the finest in the world.
Even the potato peeler.
The old seaside
attractions have gone.
In their place, open space that can
be used for a variety of
The Victorians had
this great concept of
walking over the sea, promenading.
And thanks to them, we've got this
madness in our society called piers.
Peter Weaver is a piers engineer,
3000 tonnes of new steel
have been added to try to keep
the elements at bay.
It's a triumph of hope
over reality isn't it?
Yes and that's
the biggest challenge.
How does the pier fund
its own maintenance?
That's where piers have a problem.
So, 145 days after it was first
opened, Hastings Pier is reborn and
is now Britain's best
new building of 2017.
What are your thoughts
looking out on this now?
I love it.
It's so peaceful.
I'm joined now by the winner of this
year's RIBA Stirling Prize, Alistair
of DRM N architects. It must be a
It's a fantastic
feeling. Not only have we laboured
on behalf of the people that worked
on this project.
It's not the normal
product at all?
It was initiative by
a local community group who
kick-started an effort to save a
derelict pier that then caught fire
and had to be rethought. It was a
long process, seven years of
thinking and drawing and composing,
to now come here and be recognised
as not just a immunity room project,
but an exemplar of design, it's
A lot of people, when
they saw the plans, thought, "Hang
on a second, I can see a pier but
not anything else, you've forgotten
to build the buildings."
was that it was the plank.
Conceptually, it was a hard one at
first, but the thought was, it had
to be so many different things for
the many people, you have do make
things that enable lots of different
things, and to build one so-called
iconic building at the end of it
would not serve all the people who
are not using about that time.
has also provided the town and
visitors with a proper view. You can
sit out, 365 days a year, you don't
get that then every other
Her Domestic British Ideal.
-- Peers Are A British Ideal. It's a
space where you can be part of the
weather. Sometimes in the year, you
will be on your own, sometimes there
will be packed thousands of people
there because there are also a band
or a circus. It is about creating
Do you have a
question for him?
At a brave move to
have left it open and not do the
obvious thing and placing the iconic
building at the end, were you
worried it might end up being barren
and an empty space for the year? Was
that concern in the back of your
We were never worried it be
barren. Partly because the local
people are genuinely eccentric and
fun and they love life, they love
dressing up, they will always have
events and that was never a risk.
The idea of making a big public
space was so beguiling because we
don't have that much in the UK. We
don't have open public space that
isn't full of stuff. And here we
have the opportunity to demonstrate
people's imagination and the way in
which they can colonise and use the
space is very important. Children
are always good at that.
Congratulations, the winner of this
RIBA Stirling Prize. This is what it
was all about. Hastings Pier,
described in the 1870s as peerless,
a masterpiece of Victorian
engineering, it's gone through fire,
storm neglect, changing fashion.
What we've seen today is an attempt
to reinvent the British pier for the
future. The winner of this year's
RIBA Stirling Prize, Hastings Pier.