RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

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RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Zaha Hadid's MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome (above) is one of six projects shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2010.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts by Zaha Hadid Architects. Top photograph © Helene Binet, above photograph © Roland Halbe.

The shortlisted projects are:

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photograph © Iwan Baan.

The prize is awarded annually to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Bateman's Row by Theis and Khan. Photograph © Nick Kane

The shortlist is drawn from the winners of the RIBA Awards (see our earlier story).

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Bateman's Row by Theis and Khan. Photograph © Nick Kane

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 2 October and broadcast live in the UK on BBC 2 programme The Culture Show (more details in our Dezeenwire story).

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Bateman's Row by Theis and Khan. Photograph © Nick Kane

Last year's winning project was Maggie’s Centre by Rogers Stirk Harbour +Partners (see our earlier story).

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Clapham Manor Primary School by dRMM. Photograph © Jonas Lencer.

Here's some more information from the RIBA, followed by a citation for each project:


RIBA Stirling Prize 2010 shortlist announced

Two exceptional museum buildings in Oxford and Berlin, a striking new art gallery in Rome, a skilful live/work development in Shoreditch and two schools: one an inventive and uplifting new build in London, the other a clever extension in Guildford, form the shortlist for the prestigious £20,000 RIBA Stirling Prize 2010 in association with The Architects' Journal and Benchmark.

Now in its fifteenth year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the architects of the best new European building ‘built or designed in Britain’. The winner will be announced at The Roundhouse, London on Saturday 2 October 2010, and broadcast live on BBC TWO’s The Culture Show at 6.30pm, presented by Kevin McCloud.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Clapham Manor Primary School by dRMM. Photograph © Jonas Lencer.

William Hill is again offering odds on the shortlisted buildings. The six buildings competing for this year's title and their odds according to William Hill are:

  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by Rick Mather Architects (William Hill odds: 5/1)
  • Bateman's Row, London by Theis and Khan (7/1)
  • Christ's College School, Guildford by DSDHA (6/1)
  • Clapham Manor Primary School, London by dRMM (5/1)
  • MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects (evens: 1/1)
  • Neues Museum, Berlin by David Chipperfield Architects with Julian Harrap Architects (11/2)

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Clapham Manor Primary School by dRMM. Photograph © Jonas Lencer.

Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said:

“The RIBA Stirling Prize celebrates architectural excellence and this year we have a remarkable group of buildings on the shortlist. Unique in the history of the RIBA Stirling Prize, three major museum buildings make up half of the list, showing us three very different ways of building - and re-building - museums and galleries. They are the fruits of the economic boom of the last decade and sadly may represent the end of an era.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Neues Museum by David Chipperfield Architects with Julian Harrap Architects.

“This is also the first year that two schools have been shortlisted for the prize. They represent what all schools should be: light, well-laid-out and well-equipped environments in which all students can flourish. Investment in well designed schools demonstrates to teachers and pupils how much they are valued and has measurable impact – attendance and results rise; truancy and bullying fall. With the programme to improve our extremely poor school estate now much reduced – it could be some time before we see such exemplar school buildings on the Stirling shortlist again.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Neues Museum by David Chipperfield Architects with Julian Harrap Architects.

“A commercial/private building by a young practice - a boundary-pushing take on the future of mixed-use buildings - completes the shortlist. It is one of three projects by practices that have never been shortlisted before. I look forward to the debate with my fellow judges about which project is the worthiest winner, and announcing the result in October.”

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Neues Museum by David Chipperfield Architects with Julian Harrap Architects.

The 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize judges who will visit the six shortlisted buildings and meet for a final time on the day of the presentation to pick the winner are: Ruth Reed, RIBA President (chair); Ivan Harbour, architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour; Edward Jones, architect, Dixon Jones; Professor Lisa Jardine, historian and writer; and Mark Lawson, broadcaster.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Ashmolean Museum by Rick Mather Architects. Photograph © AndyMatthews.

Previous winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize include: Maggie’s Centre at Charing Cross Hospital, London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (2009); Accordia housing development by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios/Alison Brooks Architects/Macreanor Lavington (2008); The Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects (2007).

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Ashmolean Museum by Rick Mather Architects. Photograph © AndyMatthews.

The RIBA Stirling Prize principal sponsors are The Architects’ Journal and Benchmark; associate sponsors: Ibstock, NBS and SIV.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Ashmolean Museum by Rick Mather Architects. Photograph © Richard Bryant.

The RIBA Stirling Prize is a ‘built or designed in Britain’ prize, for which buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Members and International Fellows, or buildings in the rest of the EU by practices whose principal office is in the UK, are eligible. The RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is selected from winners of the RIBA Awards.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Christ's College School by DSDHA. Photograph © Helene Binet

The shortlisted buildings will be judged on a range of criteria including design vision, innovation and originality, capacity to stimulate engage and delight occupants and visitors, accessibility and sustainability, how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction.

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Christ's College School by DSDHA. Photograph © Helene Binet

Brief citations for each shortlisted building are included below (full citations are available):

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2010

Above: Christ's College School by DSDHA. Photograph © Helene Binet

MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Art, Rome – Zaha Hadid Architects

This museum of 21st Century art, collected since the inception of the project, is a place of paths and routes. For all its structural pyrotechnics, it is rationally organised as five main suites. The whole is bravely daylit with a sinuous roof of controllable skylights, louvres and beams, whilst at the same time conforming to the very strict climate control requirements of modern galleries; the skylights both orientate and excite the visitor, but also turn them into uplifting spaces.

This is a mature piece of architecture, the distillation of years of experimentation, only a fraction of which ever got built. It is the quintessence of Zaha’s constant attempt to create a landscape, a series of cavernous spaces drawn with a free, roving line.

Bateman's Row, London EC2 - Theis and Khan Architects

This is a development by the architect-client for a mix of uses including their home and office, a studio and gallery and four apartments. In section the scheme skilfully adjusts the floor heights, creating taller spaces for the gallery, the studio and the principle living space.

A dark brick base defines the back of pavement of the narrow streets and the building becomes progressively lighter towards the top, with an almost Californian quality to the living room and terraces on the top floors giving incredible views to the city.

This is a great city-making building the sort scale and mix that is both ordinary and relevant but executed with extraordinary care and judgement, the sort of building London needs a lot more of.

Clapham Manor Primary School, London SW4 - dRMM

This project is a freestanding addition to a 19th Century Board School, which in the words of the designers 'plugs into' the existing school building, allowing the school to work as a single entity. The form of the building is a simple rectangle but because it occupies the gap between two existing buildings it creates a surprisingly successful arrangement and creates some spaces which have been made into pocket gardens.

The facade system allows good light and views at different heights for children and adults and the use of the coloured panels in what one commentator has called 'boisterous polychromy' provides the building with a singular identity. Overall the project provides an extremely inventive and uplifting example of what the next generation of school buildings could be.

The Neues Museum – David Chipperfield Architects with Julian Harrap Architects

The Neues Museum was Prussia’s answer to Britain’s Great Exhibition of 1851. The restored museum houses Egyptian and Pre / Early History archaeological collections and is a centre for active scientific research as well as public dissemination. This duality lay at the heart of the project organisation. A unique integration of client and science, together with a close collaboration between Chipperfield’s and conservation architects Julian Harrap, has resulted in an exceptionally coherent and holistic piece of architecture.

The key architectural aim of the project was to reinstate the original volumes and to repair and restore the parts remaining after the war. The original sequence of rooms was restored by the new spaces, thereby creating continuity with the existing structure.

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford – Rick Mather Architects

The bar for this project could not have been set higher – to take Britain’s oldest museum and increase display space by 100% while retaining Charles Cockerell’s 1845, Grade I Listed building, resulting in 9000 square metres of new accommodation that remains largely invisible to the public realm - this building clears the bar by a mile to give a world class institution a worthy new home.

Entered through the Cockerell façade into a day-lit atrium, which is modest in plan yet dramatic in section, rising through six floors with a subtly curved staircase cascading down one wall, the atrium unifies the museum. The route navigates its way through 39 new galleries with a clever interleaving of double and single height spaces creating a rich spatial journey.

Christ’s College School, Guildford – DSDHA

This clever design for a secondary school is a worthy companion to the adjoining special needs school by the same architects. The school building achieves a great deal on three compact levels yet has a gratifying generosity of circulation and inner courtyard spaces. The five faculties within the school are boldly identified with bright coloured doors in a predominantly grey/black/concrete series of internal finishes, which are subtle, grown–up and calming.

The building embodies an innovative natural ventilation system, which is subtly manifested on the brown brickwork of external walls as occasional patterns of gaps in the pointing. The fenestration is handsomely arranged in each façade, has deep reveals, and in places accentuates key views across Guildford.


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  • Will

    Love the Clapham manor scheme, wd like to see a turner prize style surprise and see this win- if its between Chipperfield and Zaha then DC please

  • Mr G Van String

    go Zaha !

  • Tyler

    I don’t feel like any of these do James justice. Usually at least one really represents something I think he would be amazed by, but I just don’t see it this year.

  • 3D

    David Chipperfield

  • Martin

    Shame about those badgers @rse rough staircase handrails in the Maxxi Gallery. The rough grain really detaches from what your eyes are looking at.

  • ryan

    chipperfield deserves it, that is obvious. and look at the other work- laughable or just plain horrid or weak.

  • edward

    Zhha’s thing looks bombastic. I was hoping Stephen Holl’s subtle use of natural light as he described in “Paraallax” might have been the realized in a winning design. None of the rest look particularly exciting.

  • http://www.archialternative.com Albert

    See David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid… That’s the difference between deep knowledge, taste, intelligent architecture and trendy shallow PR photo-session.

    David is like Rolling Stones or U2 while Zaha’s approach is more like Britney Spears. “Oops, I did it again!”… Sounds a bit rough, and not quite politically correct…but would you really disagree?

  • Gary

    Zaha deserves it–MAXXI is easily among her best works. The rest are nice, safe, and highly competent but don’t exactly require a leap of faith.

  • Juice Major

    Go Zaha…she deserve to win. The rest are just lightweight in comparison!

  • Juice Major

    Albert’s comment is rather weak and doesn’t really make much sense!

  • http://www.bellastairs.com J.E.A

    If Zaha has my vote. great work!

  • dude

    Interesting showdown btw zaha and Sir Chipperfield (please remember that he has been knighted).
    drmm are really too weak to be on that shortlist.

  • edward

    Zaha thing bombastic. Stephen Holl's conceptual sketches for the project with subtle variety of natural light would have been much better.

  • Francis

    It's between Mather and Chipperfield for me. I've been inside the new Ashmolean and it's an incredible building that just feels 'right' – it can't be done justice by photographs.