Everyman wins architecture Award
The Everyman theatre in Liverpool has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 for best new building of the year.
The building fought off fierce competition from five other buildings to win the honour, the highest accolade awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
RIBA president Stephen Hodder called the Everyman an "exceptional new building, it is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre,".
Communications and Media Officer Dominic Beaumont said "It's not just our theatre, it's everyone's theatre, and it think that's effectively what helped us to win the award".
The theatre is famous for launching the careers of actors such as Bill Nighy, Julie Walters and Pete Postlethwaite. It first opened in 1964 inside a 19th century chapel on one of Liverpool's main streets.
Over the years, however,the building fell into disrepair and it was the job of architects Haworth Tompkins to design a new theatre as part of a £27m rebuilding project, retaining its theme of being a "theatre for the people".
The building's face features 105 aluminium panels portraying real life images of Liverpool residents. Thousands queued to have their pictures taken, with the successful applicants having digital versions of their pictures etched onto the metal sun shades.
If you would like to learn more about the Everyman theatre or would like to plan a visit, please visit the theatre's website: www.everymanplayhouse.com