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KU Town House wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2021

By Oct 15, 2021
Town House from outsideTown House. Photo: Dennis Gilbert

Kingston University’s Town House was named the 25th winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) annual prestigious award last night.

Despite close competition with Cambridge Central Mosque and Tintagel Castle bridge, it was the university that took the spot as Britain’s best new building.

“Kingston University Town House is a theatre for life — a warehouse of ideas. It seamlessly brings together student and town communities, creating a progressive new model for higher education, well deserving of international acclaim and attention,” said Lord Norman Foster, Head Chair of the RIBA jury.

The building, which was designed by Grafton Architects, opened on January 6 2020. It not only serves as a library but also provides students with space for performing arts and socialising functions.

Stairs and beams
Town House interior. Photo: Alice Clancy
A chair and bookshelves
Inside the Town House. Photo: Alice Clancy

Kingston University’s Town House was named the 25th winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) annual prestigious award last night.

Despite close competition with Cambridge Central Mosque and Tintagel Castle bridge, it was the university that took the spot as Britain’s best new building.

“Kingston University Town House is a theatre for life — a warehouse of ideas. It seamlessly brings together student and town communities, creating a progressive new model for higher education, well deserving of international acclaim and attention,” said Lord Norman Foster, Head Chair of the RIBA jury.

The building, which was designed by Grafton Architects, opened on January 6 2020. It not only serves as a library but also provides students with space for performing arts and socialising functions.

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