Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize 2016
05th October 2016
Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize
SIX shortlisted buildings will go head-to-head for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize on Thursday evening.
Now in its 21st year, the award is one of the most highly-acclaimed in the world of building design and construction. And once again, superb use of windows and glazing is at the heart of the entries.
Here’s a look at the six candidates…
The Blavatnik School of Government
The Blavatnik School of Government building at the University of Oxford boasts an imposing look from the outside with great glass facades layering up into the sky. The project has been described as “a window on the world – the players within and the world outside”. In its award listing it was labelled a “modern cathedral of learning that at the same time stimulates, soothes and excites”.
The City Of Glasgow College
Another educational facility, the City of Glasgow College also serves to inspire the students who attend and the surrounding community. Its principal and chief executive Paul Little called its seven-storey atrium the “beating heart of this vibrant building”. He added: “It is the entrance to the most modern, most technologically-advanced and most future-proofed maritime campus anywhere in the world.”
The Newport Street Gallery
The Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, South West London, may not have the striking exterior of the other entries, but inside it is superb. It was described as “seamlessly joining the old and the new” and creating a building with “very significant civic presence”.
Outhouse in the Forest of Dean is a house embedded into the countryside in more ways than one. Its subtle, clever design includes a field running across the roof that it punctuated with light wells. A truly beautiful home.
Trafalgar Place is the flagship housing development in a regeneration project in Elephant and Castle, South London. The clever use of brickwork was described as “both beautiful and playful” along with extensive use of glass.
Again at the University of Oxford, the £50million Weston Library project aimed to breathe new life into the old building of national importance. Judges said it created an immediate impact with a first floor glazed mezzanine that “forms a direct visual relationship with the books” with its windows and skylights also restored to help bring the outside in.