After last year’s RIBA Stirling Prize winning Sainsbury Laboratory, for which Cambridge graduate Gavin Henderson was the director responsible for delivering the new building, more Cambridge graduates win the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize.
Witherford Watson Mann Architects, all three architecture graduates from the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, have just won the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for their beautiful interventions at Astley Castle for The Landmark Trust. The design encapsulates the ethos and strengths of design teaching in the Department, with the success of the project summed up by the RIBA as follows: “Astley Castle demonstrates that working within sensitive historic contexts requires far more than the specialist skills of the conservation architect: this is an important piece of architecture, beautifully detailed and crafted.”
Associate Director of Witherford Watson Mann Architects, Freddie Phillipson, has been the day-to-day client contact and site architect for Astley Castle, working on the project from detailing and tender stage to completion. Freddie too is a graduate and was a Design Fellow in the Department.
“This sensitive scheme places the new building at the heart of the old, demonstrating creativity, preservation and conservation.” (RIBA)
Witherford Watson Mann Architects: http://www.wwmarchitects.co.uk