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AJ readers' favourite misses out on Stirling shortlist

Hackett Hall McKnight’s much-praised MAC theatre, the favourite project in an AJ readers poll, has not made it onto the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist

The Northern Irish building, described by Edwin Heathcote as ‘perhaps the most impressive building on the longlist’, was a shock omission from the shortlist announced today.

More than half of the voters (51.9 per cent) who took part in the AJ poll believed that the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), designed by Belfast-based Hackett Hall McKnight, should have been on the Stirling Prize shortlist.

However four of the actual finalists for this year’s Stirling Prize also made it onto the AJ reader shortlist: Newhall Be by Alison Brooks Architects; Bishop Edward King Chapel by Niall McLaughlin; Park Hill by Hawkins\Brown & Studio Egret West and the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng.

The Olympic Park Masterplan by Allies and Morrison, which was on 41.8 per cent of AJ readers shortlists, also missed out on making the actual final six.

Astley Castle by Witherford Watson Mann Architects was chosen by 20 per cent of AJ readers with only 9 per cent picking Grafton Architects’ University of Limerick Medical School Student Housing.

AJ readers Stirling shortlist

51.9% - The MAC by Hackett Hall McKnight
43.6% - Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre by heneghan peng architects
43.6% - Bishop Edward King Chapel by Niall Maclaughlin
41.8% - Olympic Park Masterplan by Allies and Morrison
32.7% - Newhall Be by Alison Brooks Architects
29.1% - Park Hill, Phase 1 by Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West -

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