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A new home for the Ravens in the Tower of London; a Japanese-take on the London terraced house; and a new centre of excellence for brain research were last night among 36 projects named as winners of the prestigious RIBA London Award for architectural excellence in the capital.

A magical restoration of one of London’s historic gems went on to win the capital’s biggest prize for architecture this year, the RIBA London Building of the Year Award, sponsored by Marley Eternit.

The stunning restoration of the 18th and 19th century buildings of Wilton’s Music Hall by Tim Ronalds Architects was revealed as the winner of the RIBA London Building of the Year Award at a ceremony last night (Tuesday 3 May).

The judges praised the atmosphere created in the restored Wilton’s as ‘seductive and unforgettable’ with the architect’s great skill being used to give areas of the building an ‘archaeological character’.

The awards ceremony – attended by many of the capital’s top architects and clients – was held at the Stirling Prize shortlisted University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building, which houses the University’s Architecture Department.

There were 181 entries into the RIBA London awards this year. Some 68 schemes were shortlisted and visited by one of our four expert juries. That each shortlisted scheme has been visited and thoroughly examined makes the RIBA Awards widely regarded as the most rigorously judged awards in the profession.

The RIBA London Award winners will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award which will be announced on Wednesday 6 July 2016. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best UK building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

The full list of RIBA London Award winners (in alphabetical order):

• 61 Oxford Street (11 Soho Street) by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

• 8 St James’s Square by Eric Parry Architects

• Alphabeta by Studio RHE

• ARK All Saints Academy and Highshore School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

• Corner House by DSDHA

• Covert House by DSDHA

• Curzon Bloomsbury by Takero Shimazaki Architects & Unick Architects

• Ely Court, South Kilburn by Alison Brooks Architects & Hester Architects

• Gagosian Gallery, Mayfair by TateHindle, Caruso St John & BDP

• Garden House by Hayhurst and Co.

• Godson Street by Edgley Design & Spaced Out Architecture Studio (SOAS)

• Graveney School Sixth Form Block by Urban Projects Bureau

• Greenwich Gateway Pavilions by Marks Barfield Architects

• Greenwich Housing by Bell Phillips Architects

• House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects

• Kingston Ancient Market Place and Stalls by Tonkin Liu

• Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute by Allies and Morrison & PM Devereux

• Merchant Square Footbridge by Knight Architects

• Modern Mews by Coffey Architects

• Modern Side Extension by Coffey Architects

• Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John Architects

• Ravens Enclosure, HM Tower of London by Llowarch Llowarch Architects

• RCA Battersea by Haworth Tompkins

• Regent High School by Walters & Cohen Architects

• Royal Road by Panter Hudspith Architects

• Sir John Soane’s Museum by Julian Harrap Architects

• The Bath House Children’s Community Centre by Lipton Plant Architects

• The Plimsoll Building by David Morley Architects & Weedon Architects

• The Royal Hospital Chelsea, Long Wards by Peregrine Bryant Architecture and Building Conservation

• Thornsett Road by Allies and Morrison

• Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects

• Trafalgar Place – Elephant and Castle by dRMM Architects

• Turnmill by Piercy&Company

• Vaudeville Court by Levitt Bernstein

• Waddesdon Bequest Gallery by Stanton Williams & Purcell

• Wilton’s Music Hall by Tim Ronalds Architects

RIBA London Building of the Year Award 2016 sponsored by Marley Eternit goes to Wilton’s Music Hall by Tim Ronalds Architects