Sunday20 August 2017

Zaha Hadid's Maxxi wins the 2010 Stirling Prize

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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.”


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  • Seymour Alexander

    Congratulations to Zaha. Pity about Chipperfield, it would have been nice to share the prize between the two of them.

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  • There are a number of scandals to this article aside from the occasional typing error. With regards to the winner, i was bitterly disappointed when visiting the Maxxi this summer. The detailing is absolutely shocking, and the museum has an awkward relationship between viewer and art where one cant look up for fear of tripping on some poorly aligned flooring. This reward sends out the wrong message to students like me who should be aspiring to be architects more like DRMM who have been building some of the most inspirational and well thought through buildings such as Clapham Manor Primary School not to mention Kingsdale School. A scandal!

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  • glad to see these changes have been made.

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  • "The Iraqi-born, UK-based architect has repeatedly spoken of her struggle to be recognised as a world class architect in the UK."

    World Class : world ass more like it, and more to the point showing what a complete bunch of asses the Stirling selection committee is. If she really had talent, it wouldn't have been a struggle. The award of this prize does not denote talent : merely influence on gullible collection of psuedo-intellectual onanists!!!!! Architecture is dead : long live Archicountancy. At least Chipperfield delights in detail rather than trying to deny the fundamental nature of materials and structure : as is Hadid's central failing!

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  • Awful, weak-minded, sheep-like decision. Hadid's designs represents architecture that hates people. Nobody feels good in her structures, they're not made for people, they're made against people, they're made for her and nobody else. They dominate, they consume, they alienate and they deter. They're undoubtedly interesting - even great - shapes, but great shapes don't make great buildings. The Stirling Prize should be more than an award for good shapes, it should be about so much more. Disastrous award that represents another nail in the coffin of the perception of architecture as something worthy.

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  • do you think zaha hadid won the prize, rather than her building?

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  • The Zaha Hadid's speach reported here is quite different from the one summarized by TG1, the most important tv news program in Italy. They said: "Sono felice ed emozionata – ha commentato Zaha Hadid – e ringrazio tutti coloro che hanno collaborato a questo progetto, in particolare il Ministero dei Beni Culturali e Pio Baldi che hanno rappresentato l’italianità di questa impresa”. (here the web page)
    (my translation: "I am happy and excited – Zaha Hadid said– and I thank all those who collaborated to this project, particularly the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Pio Baldi who represented the Italianess of this project." ) So in one case, Italianess has quite a negative meaning, in the second a positive one. Which is right?

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  • the TG1 web page http://www.tg1.rai.it/dl/tg1/2010/articoli/ContentItem-d3d7e867-8757-4022-b960-d70230889cc4.html

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  • Speechless....hopefully this same building will receive The World Carbuncle Award next year.

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  • I heard the one about the missing passport...

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