Award winning architecture

19.05.2011

A bold red structure on the shore of Kielder Water has been recognised for its architectural excellence by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The steel shelter, known as ‘55/02’ and located within trees on Kielder’s north shore, scooped a prestigious RIBA Award last night, at a ceremony to celebrate the best in British architecture.

RIBA judges said the building, whose name refers to its grid reference, was “an enigmatic resting point” and “takes a worthy place among the architectural and art treasures of Kielder Water & Forest Park”.

This honour is the latest in a long line of national awards for the 21 pieces of architecture at Kielder Water & Forest Park, the UK’s largest outdoor public art gallery.

As well as four RIBA awards, commissions at the Park have also won the Stephen Lawrence Prize, two Civic Trust Awards, a Wood Award and the Northern Culture Award for ′Best Use of Public Open Space.’

Curator for Kielder Water & Forest Park development trust, Peter Sharpe, said: “We’re thrilled to have won yet another prestigious award for contemporary architecture at Kielder Water & Forest Park.

“We are rapidly establishing a national reputation as an essential destination for anyone interested in art and architecture in a striking rural setting.”

Elisabeth Rowark, director of Kielder Water & Forest Park development trust, said: “The award win is fantastic news and emphasises the high quality of art and architecture that is on offer at Kielder Water & Forest Park.

“Visitors coming to the Park can enjoy and explore some of the best visual art in the country in a unique landscape.”

RIBA President Ruth Reed, said: “This year’s winners show that in spite of a terrible worldwide recession, many exceptional buildings have been, and continue to be, built in the UK and overseas.

“These well-designed buildings will add huge value to the lives, prosperity, health and pride of their owners, users and communities and I am delighted with year’s selection.”

The 55/02 shelter was installed in summer 2009 and was designed by architects Sixteen Makers, in partnership with German steel fabrication specialists, Stahlbogen GmbH. Made from steel panels, it has a large door on runners that can be pulled shut or positioned to form an series of seats, providing shelter for visitors and a vantage point from which to look out across Kielder Reservoir.

It will now join 93 other winners from across Europe to compete for RIBA’s building of the year award, the Stirling Prize.

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

For more information on artworks at Kielder Water & Forest Park go to http://www.visitkielder.com/site/things-to-do/art-and-architecture

For further information please contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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