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Six vie for 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize

The Olympic Stadium and Belfast’s Lyric Theatre are among six shortlisted projects for this year’s 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.

The 17th annual prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects, comes with a £20,000 bonus and the winner will be named in Manchester on the 13th October.

Many of the shortlisted entries are related to heritage and education this year, such as the Sainsbury Laboratory, which houses Darwin’s collection, and the New Court Rothschild Bank, that contains the Rothshchild’s art collection.

The full list of shortlisted projects contains:

  • The Hepworth Wakefield, in Yorkshire, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, who won the award in 2007 for the Museum of Modern Literature in Germany. It is the eighth time the firm has been shortlisted.
  • Populous’ Olympic Stadium in London. The firm has never been shortlisted before, but made the cut this year for the sustainability, intimacy and innovation of the stadium.
  • Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, designed by Dublin-based O’Donnell & Tuomey, who have been shortlisted three times previously, including last year with the An Gaelaras cultural centre in Derry.
  • Maggie’s Centre in Gartnavel, Glasgow, was designed by OMA to provide an environment of practical and emotional support for those living with cancer. OMA is the only firm to have two buildings on the 2012 shortlist.
  • The New Court building in London was designed by OMA with Allies & Morrison.  The latter partner has now been shortlisted three times. The Rothschild’s Bank has stood on the same location since 1809, and this incarnation replaces the previous 1960’s building.
  • The Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge, designed by Stanton Williams, is an energy-efficient space designed to attract world-class scientists, with roof-top rainwater storage systems used to irrigate the garden’s glasshouse and plants.

RIBA president Angela Brady hailed an “incredibly strong list of contenders”, saying that “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”.

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