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DRDH wins Norway’s 'Stirling Prize'

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The AJ’s Building of the Year 2014, DRDH’s Stormen Concert Hall and Library, has picked up the Norwegian State Architecture Prize

The judges of the accolade, which is the most prestigious award for architecture in Norway, praised the waterfront scheme for ‘enriching the entire centre of Bodo’.

They said: ‘The Stormen Concert Hall and Library together make up a uniquely beautiful and carefully considered architectural work of an internationally high level’.

‘The two buildings follow the existing street plan, resulting in an interplay with both surrounding developments and the landscape in a way which enriches the entire centre of Bodo. The architect and client have together created an outstanding example of good architectural design’.

The London-based practice is only the second firm from outside Norway to pick up the government-run prize in its 32-year history. The studio follows in the footsteps of Steven Holl who picked up the honour in 2011 for his Hamsun Centre.

DRDH’s scheme was recognised alongside a housing project in Oslo by local practice Lund Hagem, with both taking home the prize. It is the first time since 2004 that two projects have picked up the accolade and eight year’s since it went to a housing scheme.

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