Kroon Hall at Yale University was named "Building of the Year" by the UK's architecture sector, during the prestigious AJ100 awards. The new building, designed by Hopkins Architects for the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was one of six shortlisted entries from a total of 33 and ultimately selected as the winner by a panel of expert judges.
Clad with yellow Briar Hill stone, the structure is lined with American red oak, much of which has been sourced from the university's own forests.
The judges called the project: "An outstanding design and exemplar for its sustainability credentials". Judge Angela Brady, of Brady Mallalieu Architects, said: "The curved timber roof structure in the interior is a delight and the detailing looks impeccable. It is warm and welcoming and full of natural light. This addition to the campus must act like a magnet for students wanting to experience UK sustainable design at its best."
The other shortlisted projects nominated for "Building of the Year" were:
Kentish Town Health Centre, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (highly commended)
Broadcasting Tower student accommodation, Leeds by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Winspear Opera House, Dallas, USA by Foster + Partners
New Biochemistry Building at the university of Oxford by HawkinsBrown
Grosvenor Waterside residential project, London by Make
The judging panel included Angela Brady of Brady Mallalieu Architects, Mike Hussey, managing director of property fund Almacantar and Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of The Architects' Journal.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris's Health Centre in Kentish Town, London, was highly commended by the judges who praised the project for exceeding expectations in design, layout and results. The building which houses a large GP practice and a wide range of health facilities sets new standards for the NHS.
Broadcasting Tower student accommodation, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, was described by the judges as a bold statement with inspiring materials. Completed in 2009, the distinctive 23 storey building houses 240+ bedrooms with comfortable and contemporary interiors.
Foster + Partners' Dallas project redefines the opera house for the 21st Century, making opera more accessible for a wider audience. Responding to the Dallas climate, a solar canopy extends from the building, shading a fully glazed sixty-foot-tall lobby which enhances the transparency of the building. The judges were impressed with the strong and brave design of the structure.
The judges described HawkinsBrown's New Biochemistry Building at the University of Oxford as "a quality building providing relevant and attractive space for educational use." The distinctive £49 million facility with its glass facades and coloured glass fins brings together 300 lecturers, researchers and students previously based in a number of separate buildings across th