The shortlist for the UK’s most esteemed architecture award, The Stirling Prize, has been revealed by competition organisers the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). There are six finalists contending for the title this year, each of which has been designed or built somewhere in the United Kingdom. A single winner will be selected at a grand ceremony on 13 October 2012 in Manchester which, in a break from tradition, will not be streamed live by the BBC.
The shortlisted projects are as follows:
The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire by David Chipperfield Architects (William Hill favourite)
The Hepworth Wakefield is characterised by a series of 10 small, irregular, trapezoidal blocks that make up the structure of the gallery, giving it a sculptural appearance, in reference to its contents.
London Olympic Stadium by Populous
The main stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Populous’ design is largely constructed using recycled and reclaimed materials with as little concrete and steel utilised as possible. It is therefore one of the lightest stadia in the world and is highly flexible in its design to downgrade its capacity post-Games.
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast by O'Donnell + Tuomey
This redbrick civic building makes the most of its irregular sloping site with a uniquely curved internal auditorium shaped ‘like the crease of a hand’ to enhance audience views and best exploit the small site. Immense panels of glass draw in natural light making the building highly sustainable.
Maggie's Centre, Gartnavel, Glasgow by OMA
Part of the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres series, this swirling intimate centre provides a welcome haven for those undergoing cancer treatment in clinical conditions. All rooms at the Gartnavel centre branch off a central courtyard garden and the facility itself maximises the use of its forest location.
New Court, London by OMA with Allies and Morrison
A blend of commercial and civic spaces, this office and museum complex showcases the Rothschild art collection in the same location as the Rothschild Bank which has been on the site since 1809. Generous sightlines are afforded as is a ‘strong sense of understated elegance’.
Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge by Stanton Williams
Situated in the Grade II listed gardens of the University of Cambridge, the Sainsbury Laboratory intelligently meets the needs of the scientific laboratory and a public botanic garden café. Its clean lines and large panels of glass look to attract world-class scientists to this prestigious institution.