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Stirling Prize 2021 Winning Building + Architect

14 October 2021

Kingston University London – Town House wins Stirling Prize

Stirling Prize 2021 Winner - Kingston University London, Town House
photo : Ed Reeve

Thursday 14 October 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Kingston University London – Town House designed by Grafton Architects, as the winner of the 25th RIBA Stirling Prize.

Kingston University London – Town House

Previously on e-architect:

16 September 2021

Stirling Prize 2021 Shortlisted Building + Architects

Shortlist for RIBA Stirling Prize 2021, alphabetical order:

15 Clerkenwell Close, London, south east England
– by Groupwork

Cambridge Central Mosque, south east England
– by Marks Barfield Architects

Key Worker Housing, Eddington, Cambridge, south east England
– by Stanton Williams Architects

Kingston University London – Town House, London, south east England
– by Grafton Architects

Tintagel Castle Bridge, Cornwall, south west England
– by Ney & Partners, William Matthews Associates

Windermere Jetty Museum, north west England
– by Carmody Groarke Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Thursday 16 September) announced the six buildings contending for the coveted 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize, awarded to the UK’s best new building. Now in its 25th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize, supported by Almacantar, is the highest accolade in architecture.

The six buildings in the running to be crowned the UK’s best are:

15 Clerkenwell Close, London (GROUPWORK): a limestone apartment and office building, sitting within the all but vanished boundaries of an C11th Norman abbey

Cambridge Central Mosque (Marks Barfield Architects): a modern urban mosque, inspired by traditional Islamic mosque and British church designs
Key Worker Housing – Eddington, Cambridge (Stanton Williams): a fresh take on communal city-living with loose, interconnected courtyards

Kingston University London – Town House (Grafton Architects): a new student hub comprising dynamic study, performance and social spaces in Kingston’s town centre

Tintagel Castle Footbridge for English Heritage, Cornwall (Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates): a spectacular bridge along the rugged Cornish coast, linking to a medieval castle

Windermere Jetty Museum, Cumbria (Carmody Groarke): a confident cluster of shed-like buildings framing views of Lake Windermere – dedicated to telling the stories of boats and steam

RIBA President Simon Allford said:

“The 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist demonstrates the innovation and ambition that lies at the heart of exceptional architecture.

From a busy city mosque in Cambridge to a remote coastal bridge in Cornwall, the six projects vary tremendously in their location and use – but they are united in their ingenuity and creativity, their consideration of their local environment and historical context, and their use of high-quality materials. In their architects’ attention to detail, and their clients’ tenacity and commitment, these six projects set themselves apart.

As we navigate major global challenges, from a global pandemic to the climate emergency, this shortlist demonstrates the critical role that UK architects play in creating thoughtful and sustainable places and spaces.

From the holistic sustainability of the Windermere Jetty Museum to the creation of a new urban community in Cambridge; from the unconventional use of historic building materials and techniques at Clerkenwell Close, to the creation of dynamic social spaces at Kingston University Town House, these projects push the boundaries of our discipline and demonstrate the positive impact that quality architecture has on people and our planet.”

The 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 14 October 2021 at Sir Basil Spence’s Coventry Cathedral, as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations.


2021 Stirling Prize Shortlisted Building + Architects

Key Worker Housing in Eddington, Cambridge
Design: Stanton Williams Architects
Key Worker Housing, Eddington, Cambridge by Stanton Williams
photo © Jack Hobhouse
Housing in Eddington

Tintagel Castle Bridge, Cornwall
Design: Ney & Partners, William Matthews Associates
Stirling Prize 2021 Shortlist Tintagel Castle Bridge
photograph © David Levene
Tintagel Castle Bridge

Windermere Jetty Museum
Design: Carmody Groarke Architects
Windermere Steamboat Museum Lake District
photo © Hufton – Crow
Windermere Jetty Museum

Cambridge Central Mosque Building
Design: Marks Barfield Architects
Cambridge Mosque Romsey Building
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Cambridge Central Mosque

15 Clerkenwell Close Building
Design: Groupwork + Amin Taha Architects
15 Clerkenwell Close London apartments
photo : Tim Soar
15 Clerkenwell Close

Kingston University London – Town House Building
Design: Grafton Architects
Kingston University London, Town House
photo : Ed Reeve
Kingston University London – Town House

This is the first time Carmody Groarke, Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates have been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.

Three of the practices have each been shortlisted once in previous years – Marks Barfield Architects in 2000 for the London Eye, GROUPWORK for Barrett’s Grove housing scheme in Stoke Newington and Grafton Architects in 2013 for the medical school at University of Limerick, Ireland. Stanton Williams won in 2012 for the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge.

Previously on e-architect:

25 Sep 2020
Stirling Prize 2020 Betting Odds
Stirling Prize Betting Odds from Bookmaker William Hill – updated daily – now archived

9 Oct 2019
Stirling Prize 2019 Winner
Design: Mikhail Riches

An eco-friendly council estate in Norwich.

Goldsmith Street Housing Norwich
photograph © Tim Crocker

The estate, called Goldsmith Street, is made up of almost 100 ultra low-energy homes for Norwich City Council.

Goldsmith Street Housing in Norwich

Following the announcement that Goldsmith Street won the 2019 Stirling Prize, Rory O’Hagan, director at Assael Architecture, said:

“Goldsmith Street is a welcome breath of fresh air in the long line of Stirling Prize winners. The scheme is an architectural triumph, with community and sustainability at its heart. It truly shows what is possible when architects and local authorities take a forward thinking, resilient view on affordable housing, prioritising the long term quality and operation of the homes over the short term value uplift.

Its PassivHaus certification is testimony to this, showing that low-energy, sustainable housing can be financially viable and accessible to all. Against a backdrop of growing climate concern, Goldsmith Street shows what architecture as an industry can do to better support people and planet.”

Background link:

Mikhail Riches Architects

11 + 10 Oct 2018

Stirling Prize 2018 Winner

The world’s most sustainable office

Crowned best new building in the UK

The 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize has been awarded to Bloomberg by British architects Foster + Partners.

Described as a tour-de-force, the city block building houses all of Bloomberg’s employees under one roof for the first time.

Bloomberg London HQ

Bloomberg European Headquarters London office building
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

21 + 20 Jul 2018

Stirling Prize 2018 Shortlist

Stirling Prize 2018 Shortlisted Building + Architects

Bookmaker William Hill odds, reported by Building Design magazine, favourite first:

10/3: Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery, Cambridge

7/2: Bloomberg HQ, City of London

4/1: Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire

4/1: New Tate St Ives extension, Cornwall

9/2: The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford

11/2: Chadwick Hall, University of Roehampton, London

Bloomberg London Headquarters
by Foster + Partners for Bloomberg, winning RIBA London Award 2018, RIBA National Award 2018
Bloomberg European Headquarters in London
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Bloomberg London Headquarters

Bushey Cemetery
by Waugh Thistleton Architects for The United Synagogue, winning RIBA East Award 2018, RIBA National Award 2018

Chadwick Hall
by Henley Halebrown for University of Roehampton, winning RIBA London Award 2018, RIBA National Award 2018

New Tate St Ives
by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev for Tate St Ives, winning RIBA South West Award 2018, RIBA National Award 2018

Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery
by MUMA LLP for the University of Cambridge, winning RIBA East Award 2018, RIBA East Sustainability Award 2018, RIBA East Building of the Year 2018, RIBA National Award 2018

The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre
by Niall McLaughlin Architects for Worcester College, winning RIBA South Award 2018 and RIBA South Building of the Year 2018, RIBA National Award 2018

Stirling Prize 2018 Shortlisted Building + Architects on RIBA website

post updated 1 Nov + 31 Oct 2017

Stirling Prize 2017 Winner

Stirling Prize 2017 Winning Building + Architects

Hastings Pier, Sussex, South East England
Design: dRMM Architects
for Hastings Pier Charity
Hastings Pier, Hastings by dRMM Architects
photo : Alex de Rijke
Hastings Pier on 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize Winner

Hastings Pier wins the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture

• Hastings Pier is the best new building in the UK
• A ‘phoenix risen from the ashes’ – the pier was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2010
• Architects dRMM have carefully restored and creatively reimagined the Victorian pier as a contemporary multipurpose space

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Almacantar, to Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects. The RIBA Stirling Prize, now in its 22nd year, is awarded annually to the UK’s best new building.

Hastings Pier, on the East Sussex coast and overlooking the English Channel, can chart its history from 1872. For many years it was a popular pleasure pier famous for musical acts, but its recent past has been much more precarious. Neglected for years, it closed in 2008 following storm damage, and in 2010 faced destruction when a fire ravaged the entire structure.

Residents and supporters were determined to use the fire as an opportunity to reimagine the pier. Buoyed by the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a RIBA design competition attracted entries from around the world. London-based architects dRMM won the competition and immediately set about close consultation with locals and stakeholders, quickly reaching the conclusion that the pier must serve a wide variety of scenarios to be sustainable. Additional fundraising from a local action group found 3,000 shareholders to buy a stake in the project at £100 a share – this is the people’s pier.

The new-look Hastings Pier has been repaired and rebuilt, then creatively reimagined. The 19th century structural iron work, hidden below deck, has been painstakingly restored and strengthened following years of neglect, storm and fire damage. The surviving Victorian Pavilion, one of two buildings on the Pier, has been transformed into an open plan, glazed café-bar.

Hasting Pier coast view |
photo : Alex de Rijke

The vast pier deck has been set aside as an uninterrupted flexible expanse for large-scale concerts, markets and public gatherings. The new timber-clad visitors centre building in the centre of the pier, has a viewing deck on its roof providing a dramatic space for visitors to experience epic views along the coast and across the English Channel.

The architects have used timber throughout the project, much of it reclaimed from the original pier: the visitors centre makes a feature of its scorched wood cladding. The reclaimed timber has also been used to create the pier’s striking new furniture, manufactured locally as part of a local employment initiative.

RIBA President and RIBA Stirling Prize Jury Chair, Ben Derbyshire, said:
“Hastings Pier is a masterpiece of regeneration and inspiration. The architects and local community have transformed a neglected wreck into a stunning, flexible new pier to delight and inspire visitors and local people.

Hastings Pier showcases the remarkable skills, tenacity and problem-solving flair of its talented architects, dRMM. It also rewards the patrons of this great architectural achievement: the local people who have taken the initiative, and risk, to create this highly innovative and extraordinary new landmark.
I am delighted to award the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize to the people’s pier.”

Speaking about Hastings Pier, dRMM Founding Director, Professor Alex de Rijke, said:
“dRMM Architects were delighted to collaborate with Hastings Pier Charity on this ambitious project which, like a ‘Phoenix from the ashes’, was realised through dedicated community action. The new pier is designed as an enormous, free, public platform over the sea – inspiring temporary installations and events across a variety of scales. This space offered more potential than an ‘iconic’ building on the end of the pier, and demonstrates the evolving role of the architect as an agent for change. All of the many people who worked on this long project are grateful to have received the prize – and proud of achieving the apparently impossible”.

Hasting Pier renewal |
photo : Alex de Rijke

Chair of Hastings Pier Charity, Maria Ludkin, added:
“Hastings Pier is both a symbol of regeneration achieved when communities work together and a beautifully designed canvas to realise multiple uses for the residents and visitors to the town who come to enjoy it. dRMM developed a strong design vision; respecting both the history of the Pier whilst demonstrating innovation and originality in coming up with a twenty first century solution. From the opening day, Hastings Pier has invited curious visitors, stimulated conversations, and engaged and welcomed all who use and support us. Accessible and sustainable, it frames a spectacular seascape and offers unlimited variations for relaxation, contemplation and play.”

The 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize judges said:
“Hastings Pier is a project that has evolved the idea of what architecture is and what architects should do.
dRMM’s role has been utterly pivotal in realising this masterpiece of subtle, effortless design. They have driven this project through to completion: campaigning, galvanising and organising local support throughout each aspect of the funding stage. They went above and beyond what most people think of as the role of the architect – and then they kept going!

dRMM show what incredibly talented and dedicated architects can do: inspire, think big, interact and engage with communities and clients to help them to achieve the seemingly impossible; this is a great message for young architects following in their footsteps.

The vital importance of building sustainably runs throughout the RIBA’s awards, and Hastings Pier deserves special recognition for its remarkable use of sustainable materials and positive social impact. The architects have designed a process as much building, and have designed the Pier to evolve and grow.

This project shows that local communities working with architects can make a huge difference. Councils across the country should take inspiration from Hastings Pier, and open their eyes to the unique assets that can be created when such collaborations take place.”

Hastings Pier was chosen as the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize winner from the following outstanding shortlisted entries:
• Barrett’s Grove, Stoke Newington, east London by Groupwork + Amin Taha
• British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, Bloomsbury, London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
• Command of the Oceans by Baynes and Mitchell Architects for Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent
• City of Glasgow College – City Campus, Scotland by Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects
• Photography Studio for Juergen Teller, west London by 6a architects

The judges for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize were: RIBA President Ben Derbyshire (Chair), Anupama Kundoo – Anupama Kundoo Architects, Peter St John – Caruso St John Architects, Evan Davis – Journalist & BBC Presenter and Jane Hall – Founding member of Assemble.

The winners of two other annual RIBA awards were also announced:

• The Houseboat by Mole Architects and Rebecca Granger Architects won the 2017 Stephen Lawrence Prize. The prize, set up in memory of Stephen Lawrence who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect before his tragic and untimely death in 1993, and supported by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, is intended to encourage fresh architecture talent and reward the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million.

• Bedales School won the 2017 RIBA Client of the Year, supported by The Bloxham Charitable Trust. The award recognizes the role good clients play in the delivery of fine architecture.
We are also pleased to announce that Almacantar, the property investment and development specialists and sponsors of the RIBA Stirling Prize since 2015 have renewed their support of the Institute for a further three years (2018 – 2020).

post updated 24 + 8 Oct 2017

Stirling Prize 2017 Shortlist

Stirling Prize 2017 Buildings + Architects

Winner to be announced on Tuesday 31st of October 2017.

Six buildings are on the shortlist for the 22nd annual Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.

The bookies favourite is currently Barrett’s Grove, Stoke Newington by relatively little known architects Groupwork + Amin Taha.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, dRMM, Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects have all had previous nominations for the RIBA Stirling Prize, but only Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have won it.

Now in its 22nd year, the RIBA Stirling Prize, is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. The winner of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Tuesday 31 October at the Roundhouse, London.

The AJ notes that, “among the biggest surprises are the omissions of Foster + Partners’ Maggie’s Centre in Manchester, Marks Barfield’s i360 in Brighton and Herzog & de Meuron’s Tate Modern extension in London”.

The RIBA Stirling Prize is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction.

21 Jul 2017

Barretts Grove, Stoke Newington, North East London, South East England
Design: Amin Taha + Groupwork
for Nick Grant
Barretts Grove House in Stoke Newington
photo © Timothy Soar
Barretts Grove on 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

City of Glasgow College, City Campus, Glasgow, Scotland
Design: Reiach And Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects
for City of Glasgow College
City of Glasgow College, City Campus
photo © Keith Hunter
City of Glasgow College Building

Command of the Oceans, Chatham, Kent, South East England
Design: Baynes and Mitchell Architects
for Chatham Historic Dockyard
Command of the Oceans, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects
photo : Hélène Binet
Command of the Oceans in Chatham on 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

Hastings Pier, Sussex, South East England
Design: dRMM Architects
for Hastings Pier Charity
Hastings Pier, Hastings by dRMM Architects
photo : Alex de Rijke
Hastings Pier Regeneration on 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

Photography Studio, Ladbroke Grove, west London, South East England
Design: 6a architects
for Juergen Teller Ltd
Photography Studio Ladbroke Grove for Juergen Teller
photo © Johan Dehlin
Photography Studio for Juergen Teller on 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, London, South East England
Design: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
for the British Museum
British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre |
photo : Joas Souza
British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre on 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

The 6 buildings were selected from 49 projects across the UK announced as winners in the 2017 RIBA National Awards for architecture,

Stirling Prize 2017 Betting Odds

Stirling Prize Betting Odds from Bookmaker William Hill:

3/1 Barrett’s Grove, Stoke Newington by Groupwork + Amin Taha
7/2 City of Glasgow College – City Campus by Reiach and Hall with Michael Laird Architects
7/2 Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects
4/1 Photography Studio for Juergen Teller by 6a architects
6/1 Command of the Oceans by Baynes and Mitchell Architects
6/1 The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Website: RIBA Stirling Prize 2017

page updated 5 Oct 2016

Stirling Prize 2016

Stirling Prize 2016 Buildings + Architects

2016 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist – 14 Jul 2016

Newport Street Gallery London Stirling Prize 2016 winner
photo : Hélène Binet

I’d suggest this is not the most stellar Stirling Prize shortlist, I feel there are two buildings that might win: Blavatnik School of Government or Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall. Comparing these is like comparing a Bugatti Veyron to a Jensen Interceptor (give me the latter any day, but with a mechanic on tap!): Blavatnik is sumptuous and sophisticated whereas Newport Street Gallery is a little more rough and ready, less solipstic, more focused on what it contains perhaps.

I think Blavatnik School of Government is the likely winner, don’t think I’m swayed by the betting odds published in summer (no longer seem to be online, curious), as it is a novel building by one of the world’s most celebrated architecture practices. Last year’s winner was considered to be political, the school might have been awarded purely on merit but there was a discussion about giving the government a shot across the bows for stopping their BSF school procurment route.

A private house has never won the Stirling Prize which might rule out the Outhouse! City of Glasgow College, Weston Library and Trafalgar Place are all well crafted buildings but the Stirling Prize tends to go to striking buildings like the Scottish Parliament. Still, in 2012 The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge won, and its beautifully rational facades are reminiscent of the City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus.

Adrian Welch, architect

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Stirling Prize 2016 Shortlist

Stirling Prize 2016 Shortlisted Buildings & Architects

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, England
Herzog & de Meuron
Blavatnik School Building
image : Iwan Baan
Blavatnik School of Government University of Oxford

City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, Glasgow, Scotland
Michael Laird Architects / Reiach and Hall Architects
City of Glasgow College
image : Keith Hunter
City of Glasgow College

Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, London, England
Caruso St John Architects
Newport Street Gallery
image : Hélène Binet
Newport Street Gallery Building

Outhouse, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
Loyn & Co Architects

Trafalgar Place, Elephant & Castle, London, England
dRMM Architects
Trafalgar Place
image : Alex de Rijke
Trafalgar Place

Weston Library, University of Oxford, England
Weston Library
image : James Brittain
Weston Library at University of Oxford

25 Sep 2013

RIBA Stirling Prize 2013

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize

Astley Castle wins

Astley Castle Nuneaton Stirling Prize 2013 winner
photograph © Hélène Binet

Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann


I’ve not had the pleasure of visiting this building (ref Tom Dyckhoff @tomdyckhoff) but oozing from the pictures is an overall feeling that these architects know materials and furthermore know how to handle them. In a way the textured brick, stone and gentle wood tones are the antithesis to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery unveiled this week to much controversy. I find them easy to relate to, indeed they strongly appeal to me. I’m sure I’m not alone, but realise so much of architecture appreciation is ultimately subjective.

Still the architects have clearly won over both the critics and the public, winning both the BBC popular vote and the actual Stirling Prize (judged by critics). The mix of old and new is very appealing to many (the sort of thing you hear on Grand Designs or Escape to the Country!) but it isn’t always easy to get right.

I’m sure the architects had fun on this project and I’m glad that this is possible to work with our heritage without going overboard and getting too sensitive and prissy about details. Although this year’s Stirling Prize shortlist wasn’t the strongest ever, Witherford Watson Mann are clearly a practice to watch.

Adrian Welch, architect
e-architect Editor

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize Vote

Astley Castle wins BBC online poll

BBC Stirling Prize 2013 vote results:

– Astley Castle: 27%
– Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre: 25%
– Bishop Edward King Chapel: 20%
– Park Hill Phase I: 14%
– Newhall Be: 9%
– University of Limerick Medical School: 6%

Of course this vote will have no impact on the Stirling Prize judges’ verdict.

This vote closed at 16:30 BST on 25 Sep 2013.

More than 65,000 votes were received.

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for best new building winner

The event starts on Thrusday 26 Sep at 7.45pm with the presentation of the awards in the Platform Theatre which will last for approximately an hour. The host is architect and broadcaster, George Clarke.

Venue: Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

Presentations will be at 9pm.

Bookies favourite: Chapel at Cuddesdon by Niall Maclaughlin
Chapel at Cuddesdon
photograph © Niall Ferguson

18 Jul 2013

RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for best new building – shortlist announced

The shortlist for the prestigious 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best new building has been announced today (Thursday 18 July). Six exciting and exceptional buildings will now go head to head for architecture’s highest accolade from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist features the vibrant reinvention of a 1960s Sheffield housing block Park Hill; the bar-raising suburban Essex housing development Newhall Be; a contemporary new holiday home within the burnt-out shell of the 12th century Astley Castle; the highly original and beautifully crafted Bishop Edward King Chapel; the dramatic and monumental Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre and the sculptural yet economic University of Limerick Medical School and student housing.

This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist features some ‘fresh’ architecture talent – five of the six practices are on the list for the first time, beating-off competition from previous winners including Sir David Chipperfield and Dame Zaha Hadid. It is also the first year in the prize’s 18 year history that half of the shortlisted firms have women at the helm: Alison Brooks Architects, Grafton Architects and heneghan peng.

Stirling Prize Shortlist, alphabetical:

Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann
Astley Castle
photograph © J Miller

Chapel at Cuddesdon by Niall Maclaughlin
Chapel at Cuddesdon
photograph © Niall Ferguson

Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng
Giant’s Causeway Building
photo : Marie-Louise Halpenny

Newhall Housing, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects
Newhall Harlow
photo : Paul Riddle

Park Hill Sheffield by Hawkins/Brown and Studio Egret West
Park Hill Sheffield
photograph © Daniel Hopkinson

University of Limerick Medical School and Pergola Bus Shelter, Ireland by Grafton Architects
University of Limerick Medical School
photograph © Dennis Gilbert

Stirling Prize 2013 – judges citations

The six architecture practices competing for this year’s title (and their odds according to William Hill) are:

Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, Northern Ireland by heneghan peng architects
William Hill odds: 3/1
Breaks the mould of the traditional visitor centre that tends to hide from the limelight or make a statement, this highly imaginative and sculptural piece of ‘land art’ offers visitors an experience that is physical and interactive, like the causeway itself. Having ‘tuned in’ so perfectly to the environment, the visitor centre acts as the perfect prologue for the main event.

Park Hill Phase 1, Sheffield by HawkinsBrown with Studio Egret West
William Hill odds: 9/1
Reinvention of the loved and loathed Grade II* listed 1960s housing estate. The structure of the building remained in place whilst key features were changed – interior layout, windows, security and much more. It stands as a beacon for imaginative regeneration, quality mass housing and the bold reuse of a listed building.

Newhall Be, Harlow by Alison Brooks Architects
William Hill odds: 3/1
The radical re-thinking of the shape and interior of the UK house is tackled masterfully with these 84 new homes in suburban Essex that clearly illustrate that good design quality and committed developers can transform peoples’ lives. A new model for British housing?

Astley Castle, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
William Hill odds: 6/1
Beautiful contemporary Landmark Trust holiday home installed in the ruined walls of a 12th century manor. Unique example of the recovery of an ancient building – it is a prototype for a bold new attitude to restoration and reuse.

University of Limerick Medical School by Grafton Architects
William Hill odds: 6/1
Exceptional example of how to create a vibrant new public space through the careful design and placement of buildings. High-quality, beautiful and dramatic buildings that punch far above their rock-bottom budget.

Bishop Edward King Chapel, Oxfordshire by Niall McLaughlin Architects
William Hill odds: 9/4
An uplifting spiritual space of great potency that the client has described as ‘what we dreamed of but didn’t think we would get’. An incredible showcase for modern British craftsmanship.

The six shortlisted buildings range dramatically in size and purpose, but all will be judged by the same criteria: their design excellence and their significance to the evolution of architecture and the built environment.

Housing is a key highlight of the shortlist, with the projects at Newhall Be and Park Hill offering two very different answers to the quality and quantity crisis of British housing. They both show that with vision, careful-crafted design and a committed developer, great things really can be achieved.

The question of how to re-use historic listed buildings is boldly answered twice, with Park Hill and Astley Castle, both Grade II* listed. Challenging the traditional ideas of conservation and restoration, the architects have creatively re-invented these buildings within their existing structures, with astounding results. The Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre worked within the constraints of a UNESCO site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to create something that also rose far above the expectations posed by its challenges.

Exquisite detailing abounds in all six projects, perhaps most potently in the Bishop Edward King Chapel in Oxfordshire whose rich stone façade and timber interior provide some of the best examples of craftsmanship the judges have seen for some time. Attention to detail has also transformed Limerick Medical School’s simple teaching and study areas into rich, theatrical spaces – all on an incredibly modest budget (€1,220 per sq m).

Angela Brady, RIBA President, said: “The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the building that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture, and nowhere is the need for fresh-thinking needed more than in housing. The UK is blighted with unimaginative, poor quality houses that people don’t want to live in but have little other choice, so I am delighted to see two amazing and highly original housing projects on this year’s shortlist. These projects show how when talented architects and clients work together and focus on quality, affordable and desirable new homes can be created. They shine a light on what the future of UK housing can be.

All six shortlisted projects are ground-breaking in their own way – buildings that deliver more than could ever have been expected. Some of them, such as Park Hill and the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, are genuinely courageous in laying out a new visionary approach. This RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is sending out the clear message that creative vision improves our lives.”

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on the evening of Thursday 26 September at Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross, designed by last year’s RIBA Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams.

The 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize judges who will visit the six shortlisted buildings and meet for a final time on the day of the presentation (26 September) to pick the winner are: Stephen Hodder – architect and RIBA President Elect (President: 01/09/13; Sheila O’Donnell – architect, O’Donnell + Tuomey; Paul Williams – architect, Stanton Williams; Dame Vivien Duffield – philanthropist and Chair of the Clore Duffield Foundation; and Tom Dyckhoff – journalist and broadcaster.

Previous winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize include: Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams (2012); Evelyn Grace Academy (2011) and MAXXI Museum, Rome (2010) both by Zaha Hadid Architects; Maggie’s Centre at Charing Cross Hospital, London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (2009); Accordia housing development by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios/Alison Brooks Architects/Maccreanor Lavington (2008); The Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects (2007).

13 Jun 2013

2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Contenders

RIBA Awards : contenders for the Stirling Prize

13 + 1 Oct 2012

RIBA Stirling Prize

2012 RIBA Stirling Prize winner announced on Saturday 13 October

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, wins
Stanton Williams
Sainsbury Laboratory was bookies second favourite (odds: 7/2)

The hotly anticipated winner of the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year, was announced Saturday 13 October, at 9pm a special event in Manchester hosted by BBC Radio 4 presenter Mark Lawson.

The RIBA Stirling Prize, now in its seventeenth year, is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. Last year’s winner was Brixton’s dramatic Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects.

The Olympic Stadium topped The Guardian newspaper’s poll of Stirling prize shortlisted buildings.

Stirling Prize favourite – The Hepworth Wakefield:

The seemingly simple yet highly innovative London Olympic Stadium, the thoughtful and intimate Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Glasgow, the stunningly original Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire, the beautifully detailed and rule-breaking Sainsbury Laboratory for plant science in Cambridge, the New Court Rothschild Bank in London that rises high whilst opening new views at street level, and the crafted and careful reincarnation of the Lyric Theatre on a small suburban site in Belfast are all in the running for architecture’s highest accolade and a £20,000 prize from the RIBA.

The winners of the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the best international building and three special awards were also announced: RIBA Special Awards

The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year

Location: UK

Stirling Prize Past Winners

22 Jul 2012

Stirling Prize Shortlist

Who will win the Stirling Prize 2012?

Looking at the Jury e-architect’s guess is that it will be between The Hepworth and The Sainsbury Laboratory.

Given that exuberant buildings by Zaha Hadid Architects have won the last two Stirling Prizes, beating David Chipperfield Architects’ Neues Museum in 2010, there are two factors that might sway the Jury towards austere The Hepworth, which is designed by David Chipperifled Architects.

We don’t see the Olympic Stadium being chosen by this Jury, though with Sir Nicholas Grimshaw as chair there is a slight chance. Maggie’s Centre London won in 2009 which might make another one less likely to win?

Stirling Prize 2012 Shortlisted Buildings + Architects

The six buildings competing for this year’s title (including betting odds from William Hill) are:

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield – bookies favourite (odds: 3/1)
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
The Hepworth

London Olympic Stadium, London E20 (odds: 5/1)
Design: Populous
London Olympic Stadium

Lyric Theatre, Belfast (odds: 4/1)
Design: O’Donnell + Tuomey
Lyric Theatre Belfast

Maggie’s Gartnavel, Glasgow (odds: 9/2)
Design: OMA
Maggie’s Glasgow Gartnavel

New Court, London, EC4N (odds: 4/1)
Design: OMA with Allies and Morrison
New Court London

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge – bookies second favourite (odds: 7/2)
Design: Stanton Williams
Sainsbury Laboratory

Stirling Prize 2012 : further information on the shortlisted buildings

Stirling Prize Awards background on shortlist / buildings / architects / odds / favourite

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Evelyn Grace Academy, south London
Zaha Hadid Architects

London Velodrome Stirling Prize Winner of the Public Vote in 2011

Stirling Prize 2010
MAXXI, Italy
Zaha Hadid Architects

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