A Lambeth secondary school has won the country’s most prestigious architectural award.
The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton has won the RIBA Stirling prize, beating off competition from the Olympic Velodrome and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre among others.
Commenting on the award Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Young people deserve to be educated in an environment that inspires them, and few can fail to be inspired by the Evelyn Grace Academy.
“The school has been beautifully designed with state-of-the-art facilities and fully deserves recognition by the RIBA Stirling Prize.
“Through our Building Schools for the Future programme we have delivered some truly inspirational school buildings across the borough, ensuring Lambeth children are being educated in the best possible learning environments.”
The school was designed by internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid who was responsible for designing the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, and was last year’s winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize for the MAXXI Museum, in Rome. The prize is presented to the architects of the building that has made the ‘greatest contribution’ to the ‘evolution of architecture’ over the past 12 months.
Judges shortlisted the school for ‘its planning which solves the multiple demands of site usage and space in a manner that seems effortless’.
The school opened in 2010 following a partnership between ARK Schools, Lambeth Council, and the then Department for Education and Skills (DfES). It is a non-selective, non-denominational academy on Shakespeare Road in Brixton.