Mather's Ashmolean wins public vote on eve of Stirling Prize
Rick Mather’s Ashmolean Museum refurbishment has won the public vote for the 2010 Stirling Prize by a decisive margin.
In an RIBA poll of its members and the general public, Mather’s project in Oxford city centre scooped 43.3% of the vote.
David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin trailed a poor second with 24.1%.
Completing a cultural triumvirate, Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI centre in Rome came third with 14.6%.
Yet Hadid’s Italian modern art museum is still favourite to win, according to bookies William Hill, suggesting the judges do not see eye-to-eye with the wider public.
dRMM’s Clapham Manor Primary School in south London came fourth with 9.5%, while Theis and Khan’s Bateman’s Row and DSDHA’s Christ’s College School in Guildford won just 5.7% and 2.8% of the vote respectively.
The RIBA poll asked voters to choose their personal favourite which they feel “lifts the heart and celebrates all that is good about current architecture”.
The winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced tomorrow night and broadcast live on BBC2’s The Culture Show at 6.30pm.