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Reaction: your thoughts on the RIBA Stirling Prize 2012 shortlist


Comment on the six projects vying for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize 2012

Charles Holland of FAT (on Twitter)
[The] Stirling Prize debate [is] confusing Austerity (no money) with Austere (sober, grey, discreetly expensive)

Martyn Evans, creative director of Cathedral Group
While deserving of their place on any Stirling Prize shortlist, all these buildings are headliners. Where is the clever housing?  The public buildings wrenched from miniscule budgets and saved by great design?  I don’t see it here.  If I had to choose, it’s Chipperfield’s Hepworth. It’s simply a very very beautiful building.

Brian McGinlay of NORD (on Linkedin)
Really strong longlist this year but surprised Adam Khan’s Brockholes Visitor Centre didn’t make the shortlist - Shame!

Murad Qureshi (on Twitter)
[The] Olympic Stadium [is] running [for] Stirling prize gold – [This is] madness as fans [have] yet to use it with no cover under [the] stands hence [the] Dow wrap!

Roz Barr of Roz Barr Architects (formerly Eric Parry Architects)
The shortlist was kind of inevitable, [which is] annoying as there were were very strong contenders. [I’m] sad my Holburne Museum wasn’t there as its a fantastic piece of architecture that was an extremely long and sensitive journey to achieve.
However, it is dismaying that projects like the Holburne Museum and Adam Khan’s centre are not there ahead of another Maggie Centre and Populous’ Olympic Stadium. Both are political statements and not what the Stirling was set up for and about. It has become a rather dull event. Are we not celebrating great architecture? In my eyes the winner is either Chipperfield’s Hepworth or the Lyric Theatre which are fantastic additions of not just beautifully crafted pieces of architecture but regeneration of cultural projects outside London that deserve recognition for what they do for a context and place. They inspire local interest and develop place making and what is achievable within the public realm.

Edward Clarke (on Twitter)
I think the stadium is the least deserving but I bet it wins

Rab Bennetts of Bennetts Associates
‘It’s an extremely strong shortlist this year. I’m particularly pleased to see that the stadium [is among the finalists]. It has come in for some criticism and described as ‘lightweight’ compared to the Beijing stadium. It’s a very elegant building and I admire the effort that has gone into trying to ensure we’re not left with an unusable structure after the games. My tip for the winner? It’s very hard to call but I tend to agree with the critics that it will come down to Chipperfield’s Wakefield Gallery and Populous’s Stadium. I think the Stadium will sneak it.’

GCA Architects (on Twitter)
[The] Olympic stadium is lean, ephemeral, devoid of colour, cheap, future uncertain, captures everything of our age. Win Stirling Prize

Nikitaaa Chavda (on Twitter)
[I am] gutted that Brockholes didn’t get shortlisted… [I can’t] wait to see who actually wins the Stirling Prize in October

Thea Smith (on Twitter)
Good to see Hepworth Gallery nominated in the RIBA Stirling Prize. A great addition to my hometown and [it] fits perfectly in the landscape.

Michael Edward Brown (on Twitter)
I hope O’Donnell and Tuomey win the Stirling Prize this year - a very under appreciated architecture firm!


Fiona Kearney (on Twitter)
Huge congratulations to Irish architects O’Donnell + Tuomey for 3rd time on Stirling Prize shortlist for Lyric Theatre

Laura Brimson (on Twitter)
So, Stirling prize not on TV this year hence [a] deliberately controversial shortlist?

Nicholas de Klerk (on Twitter)
[I am] ambivalent about this years’ ‘outstandingly sane’ Stirling shortlist

Alireza Sagharchi (on Twitter)
[The] list for this year’s Stirling Prize shortlist revealed, no surprise again as modern classical buildings are excluded

James Norris (on Twitter)
Some really strong contenders in [the] RIBA Stirling prize shortlist this year


Readers' comments (2)

  • Industry Professional

    Strong contenders

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  • Some really strong contenders. I've had the pleasure of visiting both the Hepworth and One New Court, both of which were very respective of the context. I'm hesitant about the Olympic Stadium being nominated. It just seems like penance for not awarding Hopkins last year.

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