Or Does it ?
The Stirling prize is important to the Shard, it has won almost every other major architecture prize. It has won the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), the US Pritzker Prize, the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal.
The Shard is likely to win the Stirling Prize as well, however it does have some competition from (LSE) London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre by Irish duo O’Donnell and Tuomey, the building is the RIBA London Building of the year.
Other buildings in the running are :
The Library of Birmingham, London Aquatic centre, Everyman Theatre, Manchester School of Art.
Which do you think should win the Stirling Prize ?
The RIBA Stirling Prize was born in 1996 out of its predecessor The Building of the Year Award.
The Building of the Year Award had been running since 1988 and the winner was chosen by the RIBA President from a handful of National Award winners. This was thought of as neither transparent nor democratic. The aim with the Stirling Prize was that the winner should be decided in an unbiased way, with different juries visiting the ‘midlist’ and shortlist.
The new prize was named after James Stirling, the great British architect who died in 1992. From 2000 to 2011 the Stirling Prize ceremony was broadcast on television, attracting household broadcasting names including Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud.
The finalists are:
Playing an important role in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, the new Library of Birmingham is an impressive and bold addition to the city.
This is a world-class building and its distinctive curvaceous form was a fitting backdrop for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The original theatre, on one of the city’s most important streets, was one of the most cherished of Liverpool’s cultural assets. In selecting Haworth Tompkins the client found a partner that has understood the essence of the organisation and its ambitions.
This remarkable project is an object lesson in mobilising the limitations of a site into a surprising and original building. The architects started by taking the geometry of tight angles as the definition of a solid into which they gouged cuts and cracks that give light and form.
There cannot be a more compressed model for city intensification than this tower: 1.2 million square feet of accommodation built on a small piece of land directly next to one of London’s major transport hubs.
This major refurbishment and extension to the Manchester School of Art has been executed with great skill by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Design excellence has been coupled with the brief of a visionary client to break down the traditional art and design units encouraging staff and students across.
So which do you think should win?, my money is on the Shard.
Send me a comment and we will see next week who is right 🙂