The shortlist for the prestigious 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building, now in its 20th year, has been announced. The six shortlisted buildings will now go head-to-head for UK architecture’s highest accolade, to be awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Thursday 15 October 2015.
The shortlist for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize is:
BURNTWOOD SCHOOL, WANDSWORTH BY ALLFORD HALL MONAGHAN MORRIS.
Bold, characterful new campus buildings with light-filled rooms and corridors add to a sense of this being a very collegiate school.
DARBISHIRE PLACE, PEABODY HOUSING, E1 BY NIALL MCLAUGHLIN ARCHITECTS.
Dignified new 13-home Peabody apartment building, with refined proportions and details.
MAGGIE’S LANARKSHIRE BY REIACH AND HALL ARCHITECTS.
Modest, low building that gathers a sequence of domestic-scaled spaces. Visitors enter via a quiet arrival court, defined by the low brick walls and two lime trees. At once, a sense of dignity and calm is encountered.
NEO BANKSIDE, SE1 BY ROGERS STIRK HARBOUR + PARTNERS.
New luxury housing towers with exo-skeleton and external lifts on London’s South Bank - a well-mannered example of a structurally expressive architecture.
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH STOCKWELL STREET BUILDING, SE10 BY HENEGHAN PENG ARCHITECTS.
Located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this delightful building houses the main university library and the departments of Architecture, Landscape and Arts.
THE WHITWORTH, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER BY MUMA.
Extension to the 19th century Whitworth Gallery - carefully crafted spaces emerge seamlessly from the existing structure as an integral yet individualistic part of the whole assembly.
The RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist features exceptional buildings designed for every stage of our lives: housing projects, a school, university, cultural and health buildings have all made the grade and show why the UK’s architectural talent and ambition is famed around the world.
Speaking about the shortlist RIBA President Stephen Hodder, the first ever winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize (for the Centenary Building at the University of Salford, 1996), said:
“The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the building that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year.
“Every one of the six shortlisted buildings illustrates why great architecture is so valuable. It has the power to delight, inspire and comfort us at all stages of our lives; to improve a student’s potential to learn, to provide a family with a decent home, and to create a sensitive and uplifting healthcare environment. In the shortlist we have six model buildings that will immeasurably improve the lives and wellbeing of all those who encounter them.
“Not only are these the best new housing projects, school, university, cultural and health buildings in the country today, they are game-changers that other architects, clients and local authorities should aspire to. The RIBA Stirling Prize judges have an unenviable task.”
The winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on the evening of Thursday 15 October at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London.
The 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize jury, who will visit the six shortlisted buildings and select the winner on 15 October, is chaired by Jane Duncan (RIBA President, from 1 Sept 2015), with architects Peter Clegg and Steve Tompkins; and Dame Theresa Sackler, arts philanthropist.