Visitors to the AJ's website at ajplus. co. uk believe that Dixon.Jones' National Portrait Gallery extension should walk off with the £20,000 Stirling Prize. The £13.2 million project is the shock leader in our internet poll asking which of the seven projects on the AJ-sponsored Stirling Prize should win.
The London scheme polled 158 of 523 votes since last week - 30 per cent - edging ahead of another of William Hill's outsiders for the £20,000 top award, Wilford's British Embassy in Berlin. The Wilford scheme garnered just under a quarter of the votes, propelling it into second place.
Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Eden Project, the bookies' favourite, was in third place as the AJ went to press, with 16 per cent of the votes, ahead of another surprisingly popular scheme in fourth, The Lawns by Eldridge Smerin. Eighty two people voted for that scheme, while the least popular building on the list was Michael Hopkins and Partners' controversial Portcullis House and Westminster Underground Station. Guy Greenfield Architects' The Surgery and Wilkinson Eyre's Magna Centre came in fifth and sixth places respectively, with just over 11 per cent of the votes between them.