The English National Ballet’s translucent new home, a floating church and the capital’s largest club football stadium are among 46 winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Awards 2021.
With the cancellation of the 2020 RIBA awards circuit due to the coronavirus pandemic, some of today’s winning projects were actually completed and opened as long ago as early 2019.
The RIBA London awards are the last of the UK regions to take place for 2021. Judges will now consider all regional winners to select just six to be shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize - the award for the ‘Best Building in the UK’.
The only water-borne winner is a converted barge (see photo) by Denizen Works, commissioned by the Diocese of London as a mobile church and versatile cultural space that will serve communities along the banks of the Regent’s Canal.
The concertina roof at the bow of the boat opens heavenwards like a fan and is equipped with a large round skylight allowing the relatively low-ceilinged boat to transform into an imposing place of worship.
The roof retracts to allow the mobile church to pass under low bridges with ease.