Zaha Hadid's Maxxi wins the 2010 Stirling Prize
Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome has won the 2010 Stirling Prize.
The winner of the £20,000 prize was announced at a ceremony broadcast live on BBC2 from the Roundhouse in London’s Camden this evening.
“It’s a great honour for me to receive this award partly because it is the name of Jim Stirling who was a great architect,” said Hadid who thanked her architectural partner Patrik Schumacher and the project architect Gianluca Racana.
“It’s a shame that our client could not be here because he lost his passport, in a way its a confirmation of the Italianess of this project,” said Hadid. “I want to thank the RIBA and the jury. It’s really very exciting for me to receive a British prize for a change.”
Hadid beat five other nominated entries, incuding two other museums — the Neues Museum in Berlin by David Chipperfield and Rick Mather’s Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which won the public vote.
The Iraqi-born, UK-based architect has repeatedly spoken of her struggle to be recognised as a world class architect in the UK. It is the first time she has won the Stirling, despite being nominated on three previous occasions.
This year’s judges were Ruth Reed, RIBA President (chair); Ivan Harbour, architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners; Edward Jones, architect; Dixon Jones, professor; Lisa Jardine, historian and writer; and Mark Lawson, broadcaster.
The announcement was well received by critic Tom Dyckhoff who co-hosted the awards.
“Her buildings are incredible. She’s creating a new kind of space for the 21st century,” he said. Earlier in the evening Dyckhoff had described the Stirling as “nothing less than a catalyst for the regeneration of British architecture.”
Dyckhoff also used the nomination of dRMM’s Clapham Manor Primary School and DSDHA’s Christ’s College School as an opportunity to highlight the importance of good school design.
“It’s vital we carry on investing in good quality school buildings,” he said. “We all know that better education goes hand in hand with good school buildings. Let’s just hope that britains architects get a chance to build them.”