The Britten Pears Archive in Aldeburgh has been shortlisted in the Small Project of the Year category, along with Stanton Williams being shortlisted in the Architectural Practice of the Year category, for this year’s Building Awards.
In November last year, the project was selected as the winner in Best Public Building category for Brick Awards 2013. It was praised as having a deceptively sophisticated solution.
The judges commented: "The building works both internally and externally and fits superbly well into the mature gardens that surround it and also compliments and enhances the grade II listed former home of Britten himself. The apparent solution of two interlocking rectangles also integrates well into its listed surroundings."
The judges were also very impressed with the “sustainable attributes” the building offers. The potentially highly serviced building is controlled by using high thermal mass and user controlled cross ventilation. The archive is kept at a stable temperature and humidity without mechanical aid.