Stirling Prize shortlist 2011

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London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects

Hopkins’ hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped Velodrome for the London 2012 Olympics (above) is one of six projects shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2011.

London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects

Top and above: Olympic Velodrome London 2012 by Hopkins - photography by Richard Davies

The shortlisted projects are:

»  An Gaelaras, Derry by O’Donnell and Tuomey
»  The Angel Building, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
»  Evelyn Grace Academy, London by Zaha Hadid Architects (see our earlier story)
»  Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects (see our earlier story)
»  Olympic Velodrome London 2012 by Hopkins (see our earlier story)
»  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford by Bennetts Associates

London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects

Above: Olympic Velodrome London 2012 by Hopkins - photography by Richard Davies

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

Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects

Above: Evelyn Grace Academy, London by Zaha Hadid Architects - photography by Luke Hayes

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

Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects

Above: Evelyn Grace Academy, London by Zaha Hadid Architects - photography by Luke Hayes

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 1 October and broadcast in the UK on BBC 2 programme The Culture Show on 2 October.

Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects

Above: Evelyn Grace Academy, London by Zaha Hadid Architects - photography by Luke Hayes

Last year’s winning project was the National Museum of XXI Century Arts by Zaha Hadid Architects (see our earlier story).

Royal Shakespeare Theatre by Bennetts Associates

Above: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford by Bennetts Associates - photography by Peter Cook

See recent winners of the Stirling Prize on Dezeen »

Here’s some more information from the RIBA:


RIBA Stirling Prize 2011 shortlist announced

The beautifully simple Velodrome in London’s Olympic Park, the carefully crafted remodelling of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres in Stratford upon Avon, a highly imaginative London school on a tight urban site, an innovative and vibrant cultural centre in Derry, the transformation of an unremarkable 1980s office building in London into an elegant new office and retail space, and the breathtaking extension of a significant museum in Germany, form the shortlist for the prestigious £20,000 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre by Bennetts Associates

Above: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford by Bennetts Associates - photography by Peter Cook

Now in its sixteenth year, the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal and Benchmark is awarded to the architects of the best new European building ‘built or designed in Britain’.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre by Bennetts Associates

Above: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford by Bennetts Associates - photography by Peter Cook

The winner will be announced on Saturday 1 October at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham and will be broadcast on a special edition of BBC TWO’s The Culture Show on Sunday 2 October, presented by Kevin McCloud.

Museum Folkwang by David Chipperfield Architects

Above: Folkwang Museum, Essen, by David Chipperfield Architects - photography by Christian Richters/VIEW

This year is the first time the shortlist includes practices who have all previously been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize; and also includes two RIBA Stirling Prize winners: David Chipperfield Architects and Zaha Hadid Architects.

Museum Folkwang by David Chipperfield Architects

Above: Folkwang Museum, Essen, by David Chipperfield Architects - photography by Christian Richters/VIEW

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:

»  An Gaelaras, Derry by O’Donnell and Tuomey (8/1)
»  The Angel Building, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) (7/1)
»  Evelyn Grace Academy, London by Zaha Hadid Architects (5/2)
»  Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects (5/1)
»  Olympic Velodrome London 2012 by Hopkins (2/1)
»  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford by Bennetts Associates (4/1)

Museum Folkwang by David Chipperfield Architects

Above: Folkwang Museum, Essen, by David Chipperfield Architects - photography by Christian Richters/VIEW

Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said:

“The RIBA Stirling Prize celebrates architectural excellence and this year we have another outstanding collection of culturally significant buildings on the shortlist; projects that have each made a significant contribution to the evolution of architecture.

An Gaelaras by O'Donnell and Tuomey

Above: An Gaelaras, Derry by O’Donnell and Tuomey

“Creative redevelopment is a strong theme in this year’s list, with a major museum extension, a remodelled theatre complex and the innovative retrofit of an old office building featured, showing how even with tight planning and building constraints, talent and imagination can totally transform existing structures and sites. From recycling to cycling: this year’s shortlist features the first Olympic venue, a beautifully clever exemplar for the UK’s Games. Another ‘first’ is a significant cultural centre in Derry, Northern Ireland’s first building to make it onto the shortlist.

An Gaelaras by O'Donnell and Tuomey

Above: An Gaelaras, Derry by O’Donnell and Tuomey

"Finally I am delighted to see a brilliant academy on a tight urban site completing the list; a school project that demonstrates what can be achieved when the architect and clients ‘think outside the box’. I look forward to seeing which project the judges select as the worthy winner.”

An Gaelaras by O'Donnell and Tuomey

Above: An Gaelaras, Derry by O’Donnell and Tuomey

The 2011 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 include: Angela Brady, Chair of the judges and RIBA President (commencing September 2011); Sir Peter Cook - architect and academic, formerly of Royal Gold Medal winning Achigram; Hanif Kara - engineer, Adams Kara Taylor and Dan Pearson - landscape designer and RIBA Honorary Fellow.

Angel Building by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Above: The Angel Building, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris - photography by Tim Soar

Previous winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize include: MAXXI Museum, Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects (2010); 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/Maccreanor Lavington (2008); The Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects (2007).

Angel Building by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Above: The Angel Building, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris - photography by Tim Soar

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

Angel Building by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Above: The Angel Building, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris - photography by Tim Soar

  • fish fingers

    wish they wouldnt have the Grand Designs geezer hosting this, why not someone more befitting like Dan Cruikshank?

  • http://www.deloprojet.com delo

    Good luck, I like: Une Gaelaras, Derry par O'Donnell et Tuome.

  • george

    Yawn…The same old names on the stirling prize shortlist always makes me wonder whether any other architects exist in the UK.

    • bangers and mash

      there's other architects in the UK? people with social concience? surely not…! i almost fell off my chair when i saw the ingenuity and fresh concepts of the shortlists. not..~!

    • Andrea

      it really is a short list…

  • http://www.frederikhyldig.dk Frederik

    It's always interesting to see new plans for building in preparation for the olympics.
    But these are rather boring :(

  • jane

    the quality of the photography really helps to enhance the beauty of the architecture, really love Zaha Hadid's school especially with the students making it look real!

  • Chris Dobson

    I have seen much mention of this being a 'safe' list, and I think that makes for a reasonable summation – the usual names being trotted out with work that, although good, is certainly not their best.

    More new blood, next year, please…

  • geepee

    This years list will at least make the concrete association happy if no-one else!