dRMM’s Clapham Manor Primary School was the ‘strongest next contender’ for this year’s Stirling Prize, the AJ can reveal
Zaha Hadid bagged the award last weekend for her MAXXI art museum in Rome, receiving the unanimous support of the judging panel.
However just days after handing out the £20,000 prize to Hadid, the judges revealed that dRMM’s south London school was hot on MAXXI’s heels, followed closely by Rick Mather’s Ashmolean.
Judging panellist, Edward Jones of Dixon Jones, said: ‘The business of choice becomes a bit of instinct rather than brains. [Clapham Manor] was favoured quite strongly by some judges.’
Fellow judge, journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson admitted: ‘Clapham Manor primary school was probably the runner-up.’
Lisa Jardine however said: ‘We only ever concentrated on a number one. But I suspect it would have been the Ashmolean or the Clapham School.’
Ivan Harbour of previous Stirling Prize-winner Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, also judging, declined to comment on the runner-up. He said: ‘It’s a pretty hard decision, but in [this] instance we just felt that Zaha’s scheme cut it above the others.’
The news stunned fans of David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum, who thought the project was a contender for first place.
Ruth Reed refused to speculate.
Clapham Manor School was 'Stirling Prize second'