A House For Artists shortlisted for 2023 RIBA Stirling Prize

Thursday, 07 September 2023

The courtyard of A House for Artists in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. Photo credit: Gili Merin. 

We are thrilled to share that A House for Artists is one of six buildings shortlisted for the 2023 RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award.

This year’s Stirling Prize jury says:

Following a six-year effort by arts organisation Create London, the result is a flexible live-work space for 12 artists arranged across five floors. This is a thoughtful and assured piece of architecture that has been delivered with rigour and precision.

Designed by architectural studio APPARATA, A House for Artists is also nominated for the Neave Brown Award for affordable housing and the Stephen Lawrence Prize, which celebrates new talent by recognising projects led by early career architects.

A House for Artists has been shortlisted alongside projects by Adam Khan Architects, Witherford Watson Mann architects, Mæ, Sergison Bates Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

The winner of the 2023 RIBA Stirling Prize and special awards will be announced live at the ceremony on Thursday 19 October 2023 at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. 

Marie Bak Mortensen, Director of Create London says:

We are delighted and honoured that A House for Artists has been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. As the country grapples with the housing crisis and lack of support for the arts, we are proud that A House for Artist, designed with purpose and ingenuity by Apparata, is being recognised as an innovative model to address these important issues with the highest architectural quality. 

A House for Artists is an ambitious model for affordable and sustainable housing tied to long-term public engagement in Barking Town Centre. Commissioned by Create London, the project is funded by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the Mayor of London, and delivered by BeFirst (working on behalf of LBBD). The public programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Rayne Foundation.