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Scottish Parliament building wins Stirling Prize
Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue’s Scottish Parliament Building has won the UK's RIBA Stirling best building award. The project, a joint venture between EMBT and local firm RMJM was mired in controversy during its construction and suffered massive budget overruns but has emerged as a highly acclaimed piece of architecture. .....more
BMW Central Building Zaha Hadid’s entry for the UK’s Stirling Prize, the BMW Central Building in Leipzig Germany is illustrated here. Hadid outlines the thinking behind the design, “The Central Building is the active nerve- centre or brain of the whole factory complex. All threads of the activities gather together and branch out from here. This planning strategy applies to the cycles and trajectories of the production that traverses the central point .....more
McLaren Technology Centre Foster and Partners Stirling Prize entry. In the building of the McLaren Technology Centre, Foster and Partners responded to a challenging brief to create a headquarters for the majority of the McLaren Group’s employees, previously scattered across 18 locations in and around the Woking area. Lord Foster, "McLaren came to us with a number of preconceptions – not so much about what the building should look like, .... more
Lewis Glucksman Gallery O’Donnell + Toumey's Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College, Cork. Located within the curtilage of the protected structure of the nineteenth century quadrangle, the building is a strategic element in the conservation of the landscape setting of the lower grounds and its integration with the College Campus. The brief required a solution that would, “Provide a cultural and artistic centre on the ..... more
Fawood Childrens' Centre Alsop Design's striking children’s centre breaks new ground in the design of nursery facilities. The Fawood Childrens' Centre in Harlesden, North London, provides a delightful safe environment for pre school children within a spectacular new building on the Stonebridge estate. Alsop Design has created an intriguing and imaginative community resource by designing the Centre as a vast shed-like enclosure encompassing brightly coloured classroom units interspersed with protected .....more
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