I was pleasantly surprised when I heard that architecture firm Haworth Tompkins had won this year’s Stirling Prize after their great renovation of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.
Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre in London stands out to me as one of the most iconic arts buildings in the UK. With its layered concrete structure and geometric shapes, it stands on the South Bank of the River Thames, creating a beautiful contrast with nature and the man made.
Completed in 1976, The Royal National Theatre is made up of horizontal terraces, swathing the two looming concrete towers which shape the majority of the building. It creates a landscape in which is so unassuming and has been quoted as “one of the last great buildings of the age of public sector architecture”.