Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre has won the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize.
The prize is considered the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, and the Everyman – designed by architects Haworth Tompkins – beat a shortlist including The Shard in London to win it.
The new Everyman in Liverpool replaced the venue’s original building – in a former chapel – and took nine years to complete.
According to the judges’ citation, the theatre was chosen because it is “groundbreaking as a truly public building” and is an “extraordinary contribution to both theatre and the city”.
The award marks the first time that Haworth Tompkins has won the Stirling Prize. The Everyman was their first new-build theatre. The company is currently working on the redevelopment of the National Theatre.
Steve Tompkins, from the firm, described winning as an “enormous honour for our project team and clients”.
Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director of the Playhouse, said the theatre had been given a “daring and brilliant rebirth from Haworth Tompkins”.
“Haworth Tompkins have delivered us a building that is sustainable, technically first rate and with unparalleled levels of accessibility for a theatre,” she said, adding: “10 years ago when we embarked on this journey with Haworth Tompkins we could never have imagined it would end in winning the RIBA Stirling Prize: they have designed a building that supplies joy beyond expectation to every visitor and those of us lucky enough to work there.”