The new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has beaten stiff competition - including The Shard and the London Aquatics Centre - to be crowned winner of the 19th RIBA Stirling Prize winner, the most prestigious award given by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The “theatre of the people” opened in spring this year after a decade-long, £28m rebuild by Haworth Tompkins Architects. The original building was a converted 19th century chapel and had launched the careers of many great British thespians, including Bill Nighly and Julie Waters.
RIBA commended the Everyman Theatre as “a building that breathes quality in its choice of materials, in its lighting and it signage”. Stephen Hodder, RIBA President, remarked that the building’s success lay in the architects’ involvement with the local community through the project.
Haworth Tompkins, founded by Graham Haworth and Steve Tompkins, previously worked on the Royal Court and Young Vic theatre rebuilds. Tompkins told Dezeen magazine that “he was happy to be developing a reputation as a theatre specialist”.