2013 RIBA Stirling Prize
shortlist announced

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Park Hill, Sheffield by Hawkins/Brown and Studio Egret West

News: six buildings have been shortlisted for this year's Stirling Prize, including the overhaul of Sheffield's notorious Park Hill housing estate (above), an elliptical chapel and a museum that mimics volcanic formations.

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng
Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng

The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded annually in recognition of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.

Other projects on this year's list include a house in the ruins of a twelfth-century castle, a suburban neighbourhood reinterpreting the rural architecture of Essex, and a medical school and bus shelter in Ireland.

Newhall Be, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects
Newhall Be, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects

Here's the full shortlist:

» Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng
» Park Hill, Sheffield by Hawkins/Brown and Studio Egret West
» Newhall Be, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects
» Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann
» Bishop Edward King Chapel at Cuddesdon by Niall Maclaughlin
» University of Limerick Medical School and Pergola Bus Shelter, Ireland by Grafton Architects

Bishop Edward King Chapel at Cuddesdon by Niall Maclaughlin
Bishop Edward King Chapel at Cuddesdon by Niall Maclaughlin

"The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the building that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture, and nowhere is the need for fresh-thinking needed more than in housing," commented RIBA President Angela Brady. "The UK is blighted with unimaginative, poor quality houses that people don’t want to live in but have little other choice, so I am delighted to see two amazing and highly original housing projects on this year's shortlist."

Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann
Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann

She added: "All six shortlisted projects are ground-breaking in their own way – buildings that deliver more than could ever have been expected. Some of them, such as Park Hill and the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre, are genuinely courageous in laying out a new visionary approach. This RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is sending out the clear message that creative vision improves our lives."

University of Limerick Medical School and Pergola Bus Shelter by Grafton Architects
University of Limerick Medical School and Pergola Bus Shelter by Grafton Architects

The shortlist was selected from 52 RIBA Award-winners, which were revealed last month. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 13 October.

Last year's winner was the Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams, while past recipients include Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield. See more Stirling Prize winners »

  • zizi

    Park Hill, an eyesore with red, orange and yellow panels is still an eyesore. Weird choice.

  • Angela

    Why isn’t Thomas Heatherwick in this shortlist? He has copied some great buildings this year!

  • Ed B.

    It’s not a winner but I like what they have done with it. I have walked around the scheme, been in a few flats and whilst it is indeed a highly visible building and brutal in its essence I think the addition of colouful cladding has softened the building (without trying to cover up its essence).

    When the landscaping comes through a bit more I think it will definitely be a fine example of how to recycle buildings and re-imagine them for future living.

    • zizi

      You can call it “reimagining”. Someone might say “putting lipstick on a pig”.