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The RIBA has revealed the shortlist for this year’s Stirling Prize.
The six buildings on the shortlist include:
The hot favourite to win the coveted prize is Chipperfield’s Wakefield, with William Hill currently offering odds of 3/1.
RIBA President Angela Brady said:”The annual RIBA Stirling Prize celebrates architectural excellence and this year we have an incredibly strong list of contenders. All of the shortlisted buildings demonstrate the essence of great architecture; they are human-scale buildings, places to inspire, entertain, educate and comfort their visitors and passers-by.
“Every building not only works beautifully from within but has a superb relationship with its surroundings, with a strong interplay between the two. They don’t shout ‘look at me’ and even the tallest building, New Court in the City of London, has created good views for passing pedestrians, meeting the challenge of delivering good urban design in an historic area. The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize judges have a difficult job to select a winner from this pool of great talent. I can’t wait to see which project they choose.”
The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize judges, who will visit the six shortlisted buildings and meet for a final time on the day of the presentation (13 October) to pick the winner, are: Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (Chair) - architect and former president of the Royal Academy; Sir Mark Jones - Master of St Cross College Oxford, and former Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum; Joanna van Heyningen - architect, van Heyningen & Haward Architects, UK; Hilde Daem - architect, Robbrecht + Daem, Belgium and Naomi Cleaver - designer, writer and broadcaster.