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Wednesday30 July 2014

Stirling Prize shortlist revealed: David Chipperfield, OMA and Populous among favourites

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O’Donnell & Tuomey and Stanton Williams also make the grade for architecture’s Oscars

The RIBA has revealed the shortlist for this year’s Stirling Prize.

The six buildings on the shortlist include:

Hepworth Wakefield by David Chipperfield Architects

Maggie’s Cancer Centre by OMA

New Court Rothschild Bank by OMA

London Olympic Stadium by Populous

Lyric Theatre Belfast by O’Donnell & Tuomey

Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams

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.

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  • Chps at Wakefield looks like mini broadway M carbuncle entry, no?

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  • kamiichi

    How can Olympic Stadium be niminated? One test event and future unresolved.

    Is it anygood as an Olympic Stadium? Nobody knows yet.

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  • Pretty sad state of Affairs this year so much for the best of British, at this rate clients shoud start looking for design here in Vancouver

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  • Alex Henderson

    Oh dear. A bit disappointing really.

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