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Stirling Prize : Building + Architects in 2012
Major UK Architecture Awards : Winning Building + Architects + Shortlist News
13 + 1 Oct 2012
RIBA Stirling Prize
2012 RIBA Stirling Prize winner announced on Saturday 13 October
The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, wins
photograph © Hufton+Crow
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:
photograph © Iwan Baan
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 six buildings competing for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize - including the latest betting odds from William Hill:
1. The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire by David Chipperfield Architects
2. London Olympic Stadium by Populous
3. The Lyric Theatre, Belfast by O'Donnell + Tuomey
4. Maggie's Centre, Gartnavel, Glasgow by OMA
5. New Court, London by OMA with Allies and Morrison
6. Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge by Stanton Williams
The winners of the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the best international building and three special awards were also announced:
• Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the tallest building in the world by a UK architect, won the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of international architecture outside the EU by a member of the RIBA
• Maison L, a highly innovative house on the outskirts of Paris, by architectures possibles won the RIBA Manser Medal for the best newly designed private house
• Kings Grove, an immaculate new house in south-east London by Duggan Morris Architects won the RIBA’s 2012 Stephen Lawrence Prize. Set up in memory of Stephen Lawrence who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993 and funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, the prize rewards the best project with a construction budget of less than £1 million and is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets
• The Olympic Delivery Authority and LOCOG won the 2012 RIBA Client of the Year supported by the Bloxham Trust. The award recognizes the role good clients play in the delivery of fine architecture.
22 Jul 2012
Stirling Prize 2012 Shortlist
2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist
The shortlist for the prestigious 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize, revealed today (22 July 2012), celebrates the best of new British architecture. The shortlist features six exceptional and completely different buildings from across the country which will now go head to head for architecture's highest accolade and a £20,000 prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The RIBA Stirling Prize is now in its seventeeth year; the 2012 winner will be announced at a special event in Manchester on Saturday 13 October.
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 the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.
The buildings on this year's shortlist are all highly-crafted buildings and use rich materials, with exceptional attention to every detail. These are buildings that clearly value the individual and visitor's experience; from the very personal and peaceful Maggie's Cancer Centre to the new Olympic Stadium, which despite its enormity has an atmosphere of intimacy for every spectator.
Heritage and education are strong themes in this year's shortlist with the success of the Sainsbury Laboratory housing Darwin's collection, New Court's careful integration of the Rothschild's art collection into its design and both the Lyric Theatre and Hepworth Wakefield skillfully creating exceptional new homes for regional arts.
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?
Views welcome at info(at)e-architect.co.uk
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)
David Chipperfield Architects
photograph © Iwan Baan
David Chipperfield Architects are the only previous RIBA Stirling Prize winner amongst this year's shortlisted architects, having won in 2007 for the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany. This is the eighth time that David Chipperfield Architects has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, and the third year running; they now match Foster + Partners who have also been shortlisted for the prize eight times.
London Olympic Stadium, London E20 (odds: 5/1)
photo : London 2012
London Olympic Stadium
This is the first time that Populous has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize
Lyric Theatre, Belfast (odds: 4/1)
O’Donnell + Tuomey
photo : Dennis Gilbert/VIEW
Lyric Theatre Belfast
O'Donnell + Tuomey are a Dublin-based practice. This is the fourth time they have been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize and their second year running: last year their An Gaelaras cultural centre in Derry was shortlisted.
Maggie’s Gartnavel, Glasgow (odds: 9/2)
photo © Charlie Koolhaas
Maggie’s Glasgow Gartnavel
This is the second time that OMA has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize and it is the only practice to have two buildings on the 2012 shortlist. In 2007 OMA's Casa da Musica in Portugal was shortlisted. Rem Koolhaas, who founded OMA, had known Maggie Keswick Jencks (after whom the Maggie's Centres are named) since the 1960s. Lily Jencks, Maggie's daughter, was the landscape designer on the project.
New Court, London, EC4N (odds: 4/1)
OMA with Allies and Morrison
photograph © OMA
New Court London
OMA's second building on this year's shortlist. Allies and Morrison has previously been shortlisted twice for the prize.
The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge - bookies second favourite (odds: 7/2)
photograph © Hufton+Crow
This is the first time that Stanton Williams have been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
RIBA President Angela Brady said:
"The annual RIBA Stirling Prize celebrates architectural excellence and this year we have an incredibly strong list of contenders. All of the shortlisted buildings demonstrate the essence of great architecture; they are human-scale buildings, places to inspire, entertain, educate and comfort their visitors and passers-by. Every building not only works beautifully from within but has a superb relationship with its surroundings, with a strong interplay between the two. They don't shout 'look at me' and even the tallest building, New Court in the City of London, has created good views for passing pedestrians, meeting the challenge of delivering good urban design in an historic area. The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize judges have a difficult job to select a winner from this pool of great talent. I can't wait to see which project they choose."
The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize judges who will visit the six shortlisted buildings and meet for a final time on the day of the presentation (13 October) to pick the winner are: Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (Chair) - architect and former president of the Royal Academy; Sir Mark Jones - Master of St Cross College Oxford, and former Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum; Joanna van Heyningen - architect, van Heyningen & Haward Architects, UK; Hilde Daem - architect, Robbrecht + Daem, Belgium and Naomi Cleaver - designer, writer and broadcaster.
Previous winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize include: 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/Macreanor Lavington (2008); The Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects (2007).
Tickets were available to attend the RIBA Stirling Prize event at www.architecture.com/RIBAStirlingPrizeDinner
Stirling Prize 2012 : further information on the shortlisted buildings
6 Jul 2012
Stirling Prize Broadcast
The Stirling Prize 2012 ceremony will not be broadcast on television for the first time in more than a decade.
3 Jul 2012
Stirling Prize Jury
2012 RIBA Stirling Prize jury announced
The jury for the prestigious 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture has today been revealed by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 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.
The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize judges are:
- Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (chair) - architect and former President of the Royal Academy
- Sir Mark Jones, Master of St Cross College Oxford, and former Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
- Joanna van Heyningen - architect, Van Heyningen & Haward Architects, UK
- Hilde Daem - architect, Robbrecht + Daem, Belgium
- Naomi Cleaver - designer, writer and broadcaster
The RIBA Stirling Prize will be presented at a ceremony in Manchester on Saturday 13 October 2012 with a drinks reception at Manchester Town Hall and dinner at Manchester Central Convention Complex.
Tickets are now on sale, further information is at: http://www.architecture.com
RIBA Awards : contenders for the Stirling Prize
Stirling Prize Awards background on shortlist / buildings / architects / odds / favourite
Stirling Prize - Winner in 2011
RIBA Stirling Prize 2011 awarded to Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects
Evelyn Grace Academy, south London
Zaha Hadid Architects
picture : Luke Hayes
Stirling Prize - Public Vote Winner in 2011
Olympic Velodrome, Stratford, east London
image from RIBA
1st: Olympic Velodrome London 2012 by Hopkins 62.9%
2nd: An Gaelaras, Derry by O'Donnell and Tuomey 24.8%
3rd: The Angel Building, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris 4.5%
4th: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford by Bennetts Associates 3.3%
5th: Evelyn Grace Academy, London by Zaha Hadid Architects 2.8%
6th: Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects 1.7%
So the Stirling Prize Winner - Zaha Hadid Architects - only received 2.8% of the vote.
The disparity between the public and the judges is marked. We thought the Olympic Velodrome was most likely to win as it is an elegant form, neatly expressed and although the school is captivating and energetic we questioned whether its sculptural eye-catching qualities took priority over ergonomics within.
Many within the profession have already criticised the Stirling Prize shortlist and the overall process. This massive differance between the direction of the judges and the public will only put further pressure on the awards. It will also make many members of the public yet again see the profession as being out of touch with them, given that the judges are supposed to represent the architectural profession.
Adrian Welch, e-architect editor
Views welcome at info(at)e-architect.co.uk
Stirling Prize Winner of the Public Vote in 2011:
photo from fd
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
Stirling Prize - Previous Winners
Stirling Prize 2010
Zaha Hadid Architects
photo : Roland Halbe
Having been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize many times, and with few buildings in the UK, Zaha Hadid at last wins the UK's premier architecture award.
Stirling Prize 2010
Stirling Prize 2010Winner - Comment
Stirling Prize 2009
Maggie's Centre London
Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners
photo : Speirs and Major Associates / James Newton
Stirling Prize 2009 : winners + shortlist + buildings + judges
Stirling Prize 2008
Accordia, Cambridge, England
photo © Adrian Welch
Stirling Prize 2008 : winners + shortlist + buildings + judges
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Civic Trust Awards
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