Six of Britain’s best buildings compete for 2014 Stirling Prize

The shortlist for a prestigious award was recently announced by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

RIBA’s Stirling Prize is awarded annually to the building that is considered to have contributed the most to architecture in Britain during the past year, with six different buildings competing for the 2014 award.

The six shortlisted structures are the London Aquatics Centre, Birmingham’s new library, the Shard, the Manchester School of Art, Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, and the London School of Economics. The winner of the Stirling Prize will be revealed later this year, on October 16th.

London’s curved Aquatics Centre was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the 2012 Olympics. It has been described by the Stirling Prize judges as “conceptually flawless”. Birmingham’s Library, by Mecanoo, with its huge stacked boxes, was judged to be “bold and transformative”, while the Shard, designed by Renzo Piano to soar upwards from the London skyline, is perhaps the best-known project on the shortlist.

The jury thought that Feilden Clegg Bradley’s Manchester School of Art would promote students’ creativity and the Everyman Theatre, redesigned by Haworth Tompkins, was described as a building that would “age gracefully”. The London School of Economics, by O’Donnell and Toumey Architects, was considered “startlingly original”.

With two of the shortlisted designs located in the North West, those who are considering building projects in areas such as the Wirral could obtain inspiration from the region’s best architecture. Reputable architects on the Wirral should be consulted to ensure similarly impressive results.

Posted by Mark
July 24, 2014

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