Hepworth director says losing to expensive building in privileged city was "hard"
Simon Wallis “not excited” by Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory
The director of the Hepworth Wakefield has has spoken out about his disappointment of losing the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize to Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory.
In a blog Simon Wallis, director of the Hepworth Wakefield, said he wanted to be a gracious loser but that “it was especially hard to lose to a building with an enormous budget (dwarfing ours) in an extremely privileged city, and a project to which the public barely have access”.
He also said the building “doesn’t excite” him from the photographs he’s seen.
Wallis also went on to complain about the judging process. “It’d be good too if some of the judges of the Stirling Prize were from the north, or lived in the north of England,” he wrote, before admitting that competitions make him “regress to a mental age of about eight years old”.
The Hepworth Wakefield, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, was the bookies’ favourite to win this year’s award.