RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 shortlist announced
For the first time, half of Stirling Prize-shortlisted firms have women directors
The AJ can reveal the six contenders shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize – the most prestigious accolade in British architecture.
It is the first year in the prize’s 18-year history that half of the shortlisted firms have women at the helm: Alison Brooks Architects (ABA), Grafton Architects and Heneghan Peng.
ABA-founder Brooks is also the only architect to have been on the list before. The Canadian jointly won the Stirling Prize in 2008 with the ground-breaking Accordia housing development.
This year she has been nominated for her be:Newhall housing scheme in Harlow, which has already picked up a number of awards, including Supreme Winner at the Housing Design Awards.
Be:Newhall is joined by Grafton’s Limerick Medical School, Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway visitor centre, Witherford Watson Mann’s revamp of 12th century Astley Castle and the regeneration of Sheffield’s 1960s Park Hill ‘streets in the sky’ estate by Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West.
The shortlist is completed by Niall McLaughlin’s ‘beautifully crafted’ Bishop Edward King Chapel – bookmaker William Hill’s’ favourite at 9/4.
The six were chosen from this year’s 52 RIBA Award winners. Among the surprise omissions are Zaha Hadid’s Pierresvives scheme in Montpellier, France, and Hackett Hall McKnight’s MAC in Belfast.
RIBA president Angela Brady said: ‘The 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. 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. These projects show how, when talented architects and clients work together and focus on quality, affordable and desirable new homes can be created. They shine a light on what the future of UK housing can be.’
The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on the evening of Thursday 26 September at Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross, designed by last year’s RIBA Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams.
This year’s judges are: RIBA President Elect Stephen Hodder; Sheila O’Donnell of O’Donnell + Tuomey; Paul Williams of Stanton Williams; philanthropist and chair of the Clore Duffield Foundation,Vivien Duffield; journalist and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff.
Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, Northern Ireland
Architect Heneghan Peng
Budget £18.5 million
Judges’ citation Breaks the mould of the traditional visitor centre. This highly imaginative and sculptural piece of ‘land art’ offers visitors an experience that is physical and interactive, like the causeway itself
Park Hill Phase 1, Sheffield
Architect Hawkins\Brown with Studio Egret West
Budget £36.5 million
Judges’ citation The reinvention of the ‘loved or loathed’ Grade II*-listed ’60s estate, stands as a beacon for imaginative regeneration, quality mass housing and the bold reuse of a listed building
Source: Paul Riddle
Architect Alison Brooks Architects
Budget £12 million
Judges’ citation The radical re-thinking of the shape and interior of the UK house is tackled masterfully with these 84 new homes. The scheme illustrates that good design and committed developers can transform lives
Astley Castle, Warwickshire
Architect Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Budget £1.35 million
Judges’ citation A beautiful contemporary Landmark Trust holiday home installed in the ruined walls of a 12th-century manor. It is a prototype for a new attitude to restoration and reuse
Project Bishop Edward King Chapel, Oxfordshire
Architect Niall McLaughlin Architects
Budget £2.03 million
Judges’ citation An uplifting spiritual space of great potency, described by the client as ‘what we dreamed of, but didn’t think we would get’. An incredible showcase for British craftsmanship
University of Limerick Medical School, Ireland
Architect Grafton Architects
Judges’ citation An exceptional example of how to create vibrant public space through careful design and placement of buildings. High-quality, beautiful and dramatic buildings that punch far above their budget