Published Sunday, 04 March 2012
The Lyric re-opened last year in Belfast. (© Pacemaker)
It picked up the prize at the Civic Trust Award ceremony over the weekend.
The scheme celebrates building projects of highest quality design which are judged to have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.
Designed by architects O'Donnell and Tuomey, the Lyric re-opened its doors last year after undergoing an £18m revamp.
The awards citation reads: "The new Lyric Theatre is a dazzling building of international quality, constructional design and execution.
"Overlooking the River Lagan on a confined inclined urban site, the relationship with the surrounding houses, the distant views and the immediate and closer approaches are all very well judged and realised.
"This building is an appropriate landmark that is woven deftly into the surrounding urban fabric and an enhancement to the entertaining requirements of the city of Belfast."
The Lyric Theatre was one of 52 shortlisted schemes out of 306 originally submitted from around the UK and abroad.
Environment Minister Alex Attwood congratulated it for its success.
"This is a special achievement, not only for the winning entry but also for the architectural profession and the construction industry in Northern Ireland," the SDLP man said.
"The awards are judged UK-wide and contenders are in competition with a high number of quality entries from across the UK and abroad.
"It is also important to note that in addition to a quality design, the Lyric is being recognised for making a positive contribution to the local community.
"NI schemes continue to be successful in these awards and I hope that the outstanding success this year will encourage everyone in the industry to continue to strive to raise standards in the built environment to make NI a better place to live, work and invest."