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No suprises but Swiss Re's success is a tribute to both practice and client

The only thing missing at the otherwise excellent Stirling Prize was a real sense of surprise. Swiss Re was the public's favourite and the bookies' favourite and, although this is a notoriously poor predictor of the judges' choice, it was also the building that most of the profession would have expected to win. None of which will have swayed the judges at all. They made their unanimous decision entirely on the basis of the buildings they saw. All of the runners-up, although excellent, ...


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